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Jacob Y. Terner M.D.


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Jacob Y. Terner M.D. Obituary
May 16, 1934 - June 18, 2017 Jacob Y. Terner, "Jack" to friends and family, was the only surviving child of Morris Terner and Mollie Hoffnung, Polish immigrants who met and fell in love in an ESL class in America. Born in New York City in 1934 and raised in Brooklyn and Hackensack, NJ, Jack grew into a Renaissance man with wide-ranging interests, encyclopedic knowledge of the world, a taste for risk, and a profound sense of loyalty to his family. After long illness he passed away on June 18 surrounded by loved ones. His loss is deeply felt by his beloved wife, Sandra, his children, Michael (and Carla) Terner and Rachel (and Paul) Vogel, and his six grandchildren: Henry, Nina, Asher, Annabelle, Joseph, and Benjamin. Jack loved a Verdi opera and a Hank Williams tune, a rich Brie de Meaux and chopped liver with pastrami on rye. He enjoyed theater and art, poetry and politics, history and finance, and sports. He could reel off the English monarchs from Richard the Lionheart to Queen Elizabeth II and enumerate the growths in France's Bordeaux wine region. He knew as much about the Laffer Curve as Russian Constructivism. For much of his adult life, he enjoyed a weekly tennis game and shot pheasants in the English countryside each fall. Jack was a collector with an instinct for value and trained his discerning eye at various times on fine art, coins, stamps, rare books, hunting shotguns, antique perfume bottles, and wooden duck decoys. In 1952 Jack earned a B.A. with high honors in English Literature from the University of Rochester, where he also studied a pre-med curriculum, and went on to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine, earning his M.D. in 1961. After completing his pathology internship and residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC, Jack stayed on as an Assistant in Pathology and Associate Director of Pathology at CPMC's Sloane Hospital for Women. In 1966 Jack began military service as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served as Director of the Trauma Pathology and Ballistic Research Lab at Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland until being honorably discharged two years later. In 1968, Jack and his young family ventured West in a Ford Country Squire, ending up in Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life. In 1968 Jack founded a private practice pathology group serving multiple hospitals across Southern California. Among his many professional memberships and honors, in 1972 Jack was elected Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. In the late 1970s he became involved in hospital management and, as his entrepreneurial instincts blossomed, managed medical care. He went on to found and run several entities, notably serving as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Century Medicorp Inc. between 1988 and 1992 and CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. from 1996 to 2008. Jack also loved to teach and from 1972 until 2001 served as Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he retained Emeritus status upon retirement. While an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, Jack met the love of his life, Sandra Wolloch, and the two enjoyed an exciting ride from their modest beginnings in the industrial Northeast to a life of material comfort, international travel, and civic involvement out West. Together, they collected and sold several distinguished art collections and contributed generously to many causes and organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Most importantly to them, they raised two dear children, Michael and Rachel, each now married with children and residing in Los Angeles. Jack lost his parents while a young medical student but was able to complete his education with the generous support of the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Years later, Jack repaid his gratitude to his alma mater with a generous grant to the university's Biochemistry Research Program. Jacob Y. Terner lived the American Dream and passed away rich in experience and love. He is missed. Please send donations to Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA 90024.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 21 to June 25, 2017
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