BORNSTEIN--Jacob, M.D., 93, passed away peacefully at home on February 18. He was born in 1917 in Chelsea, Massachusetts to parents who had immigrated from Eastern Europe. His life was a tribute to the uniquely American concept of "anything is possible" if you are born here. He graduated from Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa) in 1938 and from Harvard Medical School in 1942. After serving as a house officer at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts he spent three years as an officer in the United States Army during World War II. He came to New York City after the war where he was in the private practice of Internal Medicine for over sixty years. He spent his entire professional career as a staff member of the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY. He devoted his entire life to the study and practice of medicine and was completely and unequivocally committed to the care of his patients, who loved and respected him. He is survived by his loving wife, Maida (Seltzer), of over sixty-five years, his son, Harold Bornstein, M.D., his daughters Bonnie (Hyken) and Gail (Wachtel), his daughter-in-law, Melissa (Brown-Bornstein), his sons-in-law, Richard Hyken and Dr. Clifford Wachtel, and ten grandchildren, Kimberly (Boland), Kari (Seletz), and Matthew (Wachtel), Samuel and Lauren (Hyken), Robyn, Joseph, M.D., Alix, Jeremee and Jackson (Bornstein). His medical practice at 101 East 78th Street, New York, NY will be continued in perpetuity by his son and in the future by his grandsons. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 19th at 9am at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Published in New York Times on Feb. 19, 2010.