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Leonard P. Haber


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Leonard P. Haber Obituary
February 19, 1927 - March 16, 2016 Leonard P. Haber, M.D. , died on March 16, 2016, at the age of 89. He is survived by his loving family: Bernice, his cherished wife of 62 years: his son Kenneth (Barbara) and his daughter Deborah. Grieving with them are his extended family of caring nieces and nephews: Royce Goldman (Robert), Ellen Lambert, Jaine Darwin, Harvey Geller (Ruth), their families and a host of friends and colleagues. Dr. Haber served in the United States Army Air Force (stationed in Germany, 1944). He did undergraduate work at City College of New York and graduated from the University of Texas (Summa Cum Laude) and the University of Texas Medical School (1954) with high honors. In 1959, after residencies in Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Dr. Haber joined the Medical staff at Olive View Hospital where, in time, he became Chief of Medicine and Cardiology. At Olive View, he established their first Heart Catheterization Lab. After the severe damage suffered by the hospital as the result of the Sylmar Earthquake (1971), Dr Haber initiated Intensive Care Units at St Joseph Hospital (Burbank), Valley Presbyterian Hospital (Van Nuys) and Holy Cross Hospital (Mission Hills). Dr. Haber and his partner, Dr. Dave Naruse were instrumental in creating the first heart catheterization labs in those hospitals. In mid-career, Dr.Haber served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (UCLA-1966-1973). He ended his formal career as Director of Cardiology at Holy Cross Hospital and retired in 1989. Dr. Haber's legacy extended beyond his zeal for the healing arts. He was truly a man for all seasons. He had a passion for history and literature matched only by his interest in the world of art, theater, music and learning itself. He endowed a study room at CSUN Oviatt Library and left his James Joyce collection there for future generations. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera and many Los Angeles theaters and museums, helping to keep them alive for devotees to come. He will be remembered by so very many: family, patients, colleagues, friends and generations who will benefit from his extraordinary legacy.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2016
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