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EDELMAN--Stanley, M.D.

The Henry Nias Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our Chairman, Stanley Edelman, M.D., on December 30, 2016. Dr. Edelman joined the Foundation as the Medical Director and Vice President in 1970 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1992. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Edelman became a true New Yorker. He graduated Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY, where he was voted Athlete of the Year by his classmates. At age 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet. He earned his aerial gunnery wings in Panamas City, FL, and his Bombardier wings in Victorville, CA, and became a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. He was chosen as one of twelve Bombardiers to go to the new Radar Bombing School in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Edelman flew 35 combat missions over Germany as a Bombardier with the 351st Bomb Group 511th Squadron of the 8th Air Force. He was awarded the DFC, the Air Medal with six Oak Leaf Clusters, the ETO Medal with three Battle Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, and a Marksmanship Medal, and received a promotion to First Lieutenant. In October 2015, Dr. Edelman received France's highest award, the French Legion of Honor Medal, for his service with the 8th Air Force during the Battle of the Bulge. With the assistance of the G.I. Bill, he entered Columbia College at Columbia University. He made the Dean's List, and was on the varsity basketball and football teams. He was admitted to the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University, and graduated in 1953. His post graduate training in surgery was at Presbyterian, Jacobi and Mount Sinai Hospitals, where he was Chief Resident in Surgery. After a three year Fellowship in Cancer Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, he entered into private practice of surgery, retiring in 1993. Since 1974, he was chairman of his medical school class. In 1998, Dr. Edelman was awarded the Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the College of Physicians & Surgeons and its Alumni Association, In 1999, Columbia University awarded Dr. Edelman the Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service. An Endowed Chair in Surgery was established at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1998, named the "Stanley Edelman M.D. Professorship of Surgery." The Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons awarded him an Endowed Chair in Surgery in 2013, named the "Stanley Edelman M.D./Stephen Jarislowsky Professorship of Surgery." He was a Police Surgeon with the NYPD for more than 42 years, and served as the Surgeons Representative to the Captains Endowment Association of the NYPD. Dr. Edelman started long distance running in 1975, and completed 50 marathons, including those in London, Paris, Athens, Ottawa, Chicago, and 21 consecutive New York City marathons, six Boston marathons, and the Marine Corps marathon. We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, Ginny, to his children Vicki, Ricky and Cathy, and to his grandchildren, Michelle, Brian, Timmy and Abby, and his great-granddaughter, Madison. Services will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Ave., NYC, on January 22 at 1:30pm. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Mount Sinai School of Medicine or the College of Physician & Surgeons at Columbia University. Henry Nias Foundation Board of Directors

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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 3, 2017
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