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Dr. Allen H. Weiss


1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Dr. Allen H. Weiss Obituary
January 4, 1923 - April 21, 2017 Allen was born to immigrant parents, Joseph and Sarah Weiss, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was part of a blended family with seven siblings. Three of four sons became doctors, devotedly serving their communities. Allen attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe and Loyola Medical School in Chicago. He served his internship and residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago where he met Donna Ziebell, who on March 4, 1950, became his wife. The family moved to California to join Allen's brother Ben in a medical practice on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles and later Santa Monica. Allen and Ben formed Santa Monica's first multi-specialty medical practice. Allen was one of the principal fundraisers for constructing the new Lutheran Hospital building in Santa Monica, which became Santa Monica Hospital, where Allen would later serve as Chief of Staff. Allen used his persuasive skills to again raise the funds necessary to build the Santa Monica Bay Plaza at 15th and Arizona Streets. The landmark building was the first high-rise medical building in Santa Monica and served as the home for the Santa Monica Bay Area Physicians, which was recently acquired by the UCLA Medical Center. Allen practiced medicine for 43 years and taught UCLA medical students at Harbor General Long Beach and residents in his practice for 25 years. During retirement he focused on the needs of youth and geriatric communities by serving on the Santa Monica College Presidents Circle and on the board of the WISE & Healthy Aging. He served on the board of directors of Kinamed, Inc. for 22 years. Through their 67 years of marriage, Allen and Donna traveled the world from the jungles of New Guinea to the mountains of the Himalayas. Allen possessed a generosity of spirit and an appreciation of the personality and character of others. He restored his health with a move to Malibu where he loved walking the beaches and hiking the mountains. Allen is survived by Donna, his wife of 67 years, his brother Dr. Howard Weiss, his daughters Joy Pratt (Clyde), Gail Kearney (Jimmy McIlvain) and Reenie Weiss, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his son Mark. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Santa Monica College Scholarship Fund and the WISE & Healthy Aging organization. A celebration of Allen's life will be held at Shutters On The Beach, One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, on Sunday, May 7th at 2 pm.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2017
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