Dr. William C. Black
Dr. William C. Black, 86, of Hackensack, NJ, passed on from this life on April 25, 2017. Dr. Black, known as Bill by his friends and family, was born and raised in Rutherford, NJ. He graduated from Brown University in 1953 and Cornell University Medical College in 1957. Following a medical internship, residency, and research fellowship at Saint Luke's Hospital in NYC, he served his country for 3 years as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this time, he also held an appointment as an instructor in medicine at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. Black entered private practice in Rutherford in 1964, working first with his father, Dr. LeRoy Black, until his father's death, and then on his own until 1994.
Dr. Black was on the staff of Hackensack University Medical Center (known previously as Hackensack Hospital) from 1964 until his retirement in 2009. While there, he served in various leadership positions, including chief of the Renal Hypertension Division, where he established and supervised Bergen County's first renal dialysis unit; chair of the Department of Medical Education; chair of the Department of Research; and senior vice president of medical academic affairs. He also was instrumental in establishing and co-chairing a nationally recognized annual pediatric conference, now in its 35th year. Following his retirement, Dr. Black worked as a consultant for healthcare executive search firm Foley Proctor Yoskowitz.
Dr. Black was a member of the Bergen County Medical Society; the Medical Society of New Jersey, where he served as a consultant to the Committee on Medical Education; the Nephrology Society of New Jersey, where he served as president from 1975 to 1977; and the Association for Hospital Medical Education of New Jersey, where he served as president from 1987-89. He was active in the church community, serving on the vestry, on search committees, and as a warden at Christ Episcopal Church in Hackensack, and on the charitable Outreach Committee at Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Ridgewood. For all of his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Black will be remembered primarily as a devoted family man by his wife, Wendy (nee Witty); son, Bob Black; daughters Pam Townsend and Allison Levin; daughter-in-law Beth Sherrill; sons-in-law Mark Townsend and Doug Levin; and grandchildren Bailey Black, Olivia Levin, and Teddy Levin. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, at Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
or to the Outreach Committee of Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. Funeral arrangements made through Feeney Funeral Home in Ridgewood. feeneyfuneralhome.com
Published by The Record/Herald News on Apr. 30, 2017.