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Eulogies: Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis

Oldest Physician to Pass Family Practice Exams, Dies at 90

by Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis, died June 8, at the age of 90.

Born in Vienna, Austria on Oct. 10, 1911, she became a physician after graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School. Fleeing Vienna, she came to America, one of two survivors of an extended family of 33.

She practiced medicine until the age of 88 in Norristown, Pa., specializing in family medicine. Practicing under her maiden name, she is believed to be the oldest physician to have passed the family practice exams, after deciding to become a specialist in her late 60s. A year ago, she moved to Heritage Pointe in Mission Viejo, Calif.

She never stopped learning -- whether the subject was medicine, philosophy or Judaism. She was passionate about ideas, gentle and modest in spirit and dedicated to serving people of all religions and races.

She is survived by grandsons, Adam and Michael.

Donations to the Dr. Pauline Glanzberg Rachlis fund can be made to University Synagogue, 4915 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA, 92604. -- Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

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