Melvin Weinhouse, 89, of New Jersey, passed away on March 15, 2021, after a long illness. Born in the Bronx in 1931, Dr. Weinhouse attended Stuyvesant High School. Having skipped two grades earlier in his education, he left to attend college at McGill University in Montreal when he was just 16 years old. There he was on the college wrestling team and served as president of the marching band, where he played trumpet. After receiving his undergraduate degree from McGill as second in his large class, he attended New York University Medical School, earning his MD degree in 1956. Dr. Weinhouse served in the U.S. Army as a captain in 1958, and did his medical internship at Boston City Hospital and residency at the University of Minnesota. In 1962 he joined an internal medicine practice in Nutley, New Jersey, with partners Murray Strober and Martin Jassie, and happily worked with both doctors until his retirement in 2005. Later, Drs. Strober and Weinhouse volunteered at a clinic in Hackensack where they offered medical care to patients who were unable to afford it.
Over the long course of his career in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. Weinhouse was unstinting in his dedication to his work and respect for his patients, and was on call and available to them until he was well into his seventies.
In his free time, Dr. Weinhouse enjoyed traveling, classical music, spending time with his family, and woodworking. His handmade furniture and jewelry is much prized among his relatives. His basement workshop-in which he knew the location of every nail and screw--is the stuff of legend. He had a longtime tennis game with good friends--a fellow physician and two executives--who divided themselves into teams dubbed Modern Medicine and Big Business.
Dr. Weinhouse is survived by his wife Eleanor, with whom he celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary in December. He is also survived by his children Beth, Jerry, and Amy, and grandchildren Daniel, Sam, Angela, Steven, Jake, and Allison. All miss him very much, as do other family members, friends, former colleagues, and patients.
Published in New Jersey News from Apr. 10 to Apr. 30, 2021.