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Sander William Zuckerman M.D.

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Sander William Zuckerman M.D. Obituary
June 13, 1921 - September 27, 2015 Known for his compassionate nature and sense of duty, Sander Zuckerman, MD loved helping others. Son of Volka and Sarah, Dr. Zuckerman was born in the Ukraine in 1921. He loved his adopted country of the United States and proudly served in the U.S. Army in WWII and reached the level of Sergeant. He continued to show his patriotism through his service with LAPD as a patrol officer. Dr. Zuckerman attended New Mexico State University and played basketball for Maurice "Cat" Wooden, the older brother of legendary coach John R. Wooden. He then continued his education at Chapman College and graduated from medical school at the University of California, Irvine. He practiced general medicine in Burbank from 1956-1997. He was Chief of Staff at Burbank Community Hospital from 1962-1963 and Chief of Family Practice at St. Joseph's of Burbank from 1987-1989. He was a physician volunteer at the MEND clinic in Pacoima from 1997-2013 where he was honored as the Program Volunteer of the year multiple times. He was the subject of many newspaper articles about his compassionate approach to homebound medical care for the dying. He was known on the streets as "the doc who will sit by your bedside and hold your hand". He made house calls well into the late 1990s when no one else did. In 2005, Dr. Zuckerman was honored by the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles City Attorney as the outstanding senior citizen at the LA Pearl Awards. He was a Specialist Reserve Police Officer from 1980 until he passed away. He also received multiple awards ranging from the Police Athletic League to the CA State Senate and the U.S. Congress lauding his service. Sander Zuckerman, MD was a lifetime fitness addict and a nearly 25 year member of Gold's Gym, North Hollywood. He valued the friendships he made at the gym and remained close to many of them to the date of his passing. Dr. Zuckerman passed away peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Sherman Oaks, at the age of 94. He was surrounded by loved ones. He was the patriarch of a large, close knit family. He had 63 first cousins on his mother's side, which he affectionately called the cousins club, and served as its president for multiple terms. He was preceded in death by his sisters Helen and Marion and his beloved wife of 52 years, Marilyn Razner Zuckerman, PT. He is survived by brothers Robert Zuckerman and Richard LeWinter as well as sister Carol Zuckerman. He is further survived by his three children, Joseph E. Zuckerman, Daniel L. Zuckerman and Karen Zuckerman Rowland and husband Godfrey Rowland and also his long time companion Barbara Weiner. Also, he had 9 grandchildren: Joshua Ritz, Heather Digby and husband CJ Garcia, Jessica Ritz, Sara Zuckerman Feinsilber and husband David Feinsilber, Jaclyn Ritz Patterson and husband Ryan Patterson, Michael Zuckerman, Matthew Ritz, William Zuckerman and Abigail Zuckerman and 1 great grandchild: Tristan Ritz. Memorial service and a celebration of life will be held Friday, October 2 at 11:00 am at Hillside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MEND clinic in Pacoima or the Jewish National Fund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2015
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