Rolf Krojanker, MD

Rolf Krojanker, MD (96) passed away peacefully after a brief illness on May 21, 2018 in his home in Creve Coeur. He was the husband of the late Rosalie (Walinsky) Krojanker, the father of David (Daria Redel) Krojanker, Debbie (Amos) Yaffe, and Diane (Dror Va’alani) Krojanker, and the grandfather of Elan and Sarena Krojanker, and Danielle, Etai, and Noam Yaffe, uncle, great-uncle, and cousin. His career spanned over 60 years as a well-known and respected psychiatrist.

He was born in Chemnitz, Germany in 1922, and lived most of his youth in Berlin. He emigrated with his mother in 1939 to Quito, Ecuador, where he graduated from medical school and obtained a PhD in psychology. He then came to St. Louis in 1956 where he completed his residency training in psychiatry at St. Louis State Hospital. In addition to having a thriving private practice, he was on the medical staffs of several hospitals, including St. Louis University Hospital, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Lutheran Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, the Care Unit, and Hopewell Center.

He was well known for his work helping those with chemical dependency, his service to the indigent, and for being a mentor to many other healthcare professionals.

He was greatly loved by his family and friends, who will always remember his good cheer and sweet smile.

Funeral services will be held at Berger Memorial Chapel, 9430 Olive Blvd. on Thursday, May 24 with visitation at 10am and funeral following at 10:30am. Interment will be at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, 7500 Olive Blvd. Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center  (12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO, 63146) or Shalvah Outreach on Addiction – checks payable to Congregation Neve Shalom (write Shalvah in the memo space, mail to: Treasurer Congregation Neve Shalom, 36 Montauk Dr., St. Louis, MO, 63146). Visit for more information.