Charles Merker MD

June 8, 1944March 24, 2017

MERKER--Charles, M.D., of Manhattan and East Quogue, NY, and formerly Scarsdale, NY, passed away on March 24. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, sons Lawrence (Lori) and Kevin (Danielle), his grandchildren, Hailey and Emma, brother, Edward Merker, M.D. (Laura), and sister Alice Merker Peters (Klaus, deceased). He was an ophthalmologist with a specialty in pediatric eye care, who greatly respected his patients and was equally respected by his colleagues. Trained at Mt. Sinai and Columbia Presbyterian Hospitals, he instructed physicians in ophthalmology training at Lenox Hill Hospital and was for many years Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt. The funeral service will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00pm at Schwartz Bros. Memorial Chapel in Forest Hills.

Donations can be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Nancy Collazo

February 15, 2018


Nancy Collazo

February 15, 2018

Just learned about Dr Merker. I called to make an appt for my son who has been with him for some years now and thought I dialed the wrong number because the receptionist answered with a different name. She told me and I was in shock. My son is 14 now and I told him about Dr Merkers's passing. My son remembered how at first he did not like him because he would always give him a speech about school. My son was not doing his best at the time and I would tell Dr. Merker this. My son did not like that. I explained to him that It's nice to have a Dr. care about their patients. He gets it now. He died one month after seeing my son. Very sad. R.I.P

Lisa Rose

January 12, 2018

Words cannot express my extreme shock and sadness upon hearing this news. Dr. Merker was my first boss and he taught me so much about people and life in general. We lost touch through the years but I will always remember our great office staff and the wonderful laughs we shared. I just found out this news and I cant stop crying.
My condolences to your family
Lisa (Greene) Rose


November 16, 2017

I am beyond sad to hear about the passing of Dr. Charles Merker. I just learned of this when I decided to visit his office this past November 15th. I worked for Dr. Merker for many years, first as a receptionist and then as his bookkeeper with "manual books" many years ago. I worked in his office in Manhattan with a wonderful manager and two really fun colleagues. I also worked for in his office in Co-op City. Dr Merker was not only a gifted physician but he was a very special human being who cared for his patients and his employees welfare. He was kind enough to teach all of us ladies who worked for him back then everything about his practice, how to treat the patients, even how the machines worked. He cared about us and our families, as we cared about Marilyn and the Boys. One of my favorite memories is when Dr. Merker took his staff to a very fancy restaurant on Madison Ave in the city for thank you for job well done. I had NEVER been anywhere like that EVER. But that was Dr .Merker, a Brilliant Doctor and a kind person who was never pretentious.
My husband Jeff and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Mrs. Marilyn Merker and family.
Sincerely, Adrienne Coffman

Alison Rosow

October 17, 2017

I am so saddened to have just learned of Dr. Merker's passing. He was my doctor since I was 2 years old, for the past 40 years. He always opened with his warm, what's up, kiddo, and we would chit chat about life like old friends. He knew my whole family, and had even been to my parent's home. When his practice no longer accepted my insurance, he gave me an extremely reduced out of pocket fee, a fraction of the cost. He made nothing off of me but knew I wouldn't go elsewhere. I really wish I could have said goodbye. I feel like I lost a family member. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Merker.

Jailene Mercedes

September 25, 2017

My family and I were patients of Dr. Charles Merker for years. I just learned of his passing when I tired to book an appointment today with him and learned of his passing. I was a patient of him ever since I was a little girl. Every visit he always put a smile on my face and asked how I was with my studies. Thank you for your professionalism, kindness, hilarious jokes and stories! It was a pleasure being your patient! My deepest condolences and sympathy to the Merker Family.

From your patients,
The Mercedes Family

Hedi White

September 13, 2017

I just learned with shock and sadness about Dr Merker's passing. He was my son's eye doctor from age 3--over 40 years ago! He became ours as well. I share the sentiments of everyone who has written here. We are so grateful for the care he gave us and enjoyed our "visits" at every appointment. What a loss. Deep condolences to his family.

Gandhi Family

September 9, 2017

I was deeply saddened to hear of this wonderful man's passing. My older son and I had both been his patients, and we looked forward to our visits every time. He would even want to go with me to my appointments, that's how much he loved Dr.Merker and his friendly manner. Thank you, Doctor, for your gentle demeanour, funny stories, and comforting care. You are missed; may your soul be blessed and your family's grief be soothed by the beautiful legacy of all the families you helped and all the hearts you touched. Rest In Peace.

Lillian Goldstone

August 1, 2017

I will always be grateful to Dr. Merker for his brilliant care of my son. We will always remember him as an incredibly intelligent & competent doctor, he was truly one of a kind.
And, it is with both love and respect that we extend our deepest sympathy to his family for their loss,
The Goldstone Family

Jeffrey Campbell

July 26, 2017

Dr. Merker took care of our daughter, Gweyneth, from age 2 until his passing. She had fairly severe Strabismus and Amblyopia and was a potential surgery candidate. Dr. Merker very calmly told us that if she patched her left eye as instructed she could avoid surgery and he was correct! Now she does not even have to wear glasses. Dr. Merker was one of the few doctor visits that we actually looked forward to and he told us a number of great stories along the way. In other words, he was both a great doctor and a great person, always a rare combination, and one that we will greatly miss but never forget.