Sol Ludmerer, M.D.

Sol Ludmerer, M.D., died August 10, 2012, in Santa Rosa, Calif., at age 99, two months shy of his 100th birthday. Beloved widower of Norma Ludmerer, dear father of Kenneth (Loren) of St Louis, Richard of Santa Rosa and Steven of Philadelphia; dear grandfather of Jordan and Lindsey of St. Louis. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, class of 1936, M.D. 1937, took a graduate program in ophthalmology at Northwestern, and did a residency in ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He spent the wartime years doing public health in southern Illinois, where he treated victims of trachoma, and working for Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif. At the end of World War II he entered private practice in Long Beach, where he became well known for his technical skill, judgment, and kindness. From 1962 to 1968 he served as the founding Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at what is now the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He retired from private practice in 1981 but maintained an active medical license, which he still had at the time of his death, with four times the amount of continuing medical education credit than required. He cared deeply about his patients, family and friends, and leaves behind a large number of people whose lives he touched through his caring, good humor and wit. Contributions to Temple Israel, 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, St Louis, Mo. 63141, or a charity of one’s choosing.