June 22, 1934 – February 16, 2021
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Gerald Yudell, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 86.
Gerald was born on June 22, 1934 in New York, NY to Meyer and Lena (Krinick) Yudell. He received his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center in 1959, spent two years as a Captain in the Army, and went on to practice medicine in Mt. Vernon for more than 55 years. On March 29, 1959, he married Francine Susan List. They raised a daughter, Phyllis, and two sons, Kenneth and Robert.
Practicing medicine was Gerald’s passion, and he had an unwavering commitment to his patients which resulted in many weekend and late-night trips to the hospital to check on his patients and make sure they were being cared for properly. During his 50+ years practicing medicine in Mt. Vernon, he was always involved trying to make improvements to Mt. Vernon Hospital, including being Chairman of the Medical Board and teaching countless residents over the years. Gerald also loved to travel with his wife, Fran, who was a travel agent, and to photograph his travels. His children will always remember fondly the family car trips to Nova Scotia and Florida, and the family trips to Brazil, Japan and Mexico. Gerald’s grandchildren will always cherish their memories from the trips to Disney with their grandparents.
Gerald was preceded in death by his father, Meyer, his mother, Lena, and his sister, Helen (Simes). He is survived by his wife, Fran, his three children and their spouses, daughter Phyllis Weinberg and her husband Craig, son Kenneth and son Robert and his wife Sharon (Wolfe), and eight grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 11 a.m., which will be limited to immediate family. The service will be streamed live for those wishing to attend remotely. The family will sit shiva at the Weinberg’s house in Dix Hills on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. and on Monday in Gerald and Francine’s house in Harrison from 7-9 p.m. Information on how to view the funeral service remotely and to reach the family remotely via Zoom while they sit shiva can be obtained by emailing the family at email@example.com. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made in Gerald’s name to Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
Sunday, February 21, 2021
February 27, 2021
I am very sorry to have missed the opportunity to participate in my dear friend Gerry’s funeral service (I only learned of his passing yesterday).
Gerry and I were very close friends and worked together for over 40 years at Mt. Vernon Hospital. It is difficult to share a particular memory as there are hundreds that my wife and I cherish. Gerry was unquestionably a devoted physician, one who saved lives, and also one who enriched lives. His intelligence and caring was only matched by his unique sense of humor. The medical community has lost a very valuable advocate and we have lost a friend.
Our deepest condolences,
Dariush and Faith Alaie
February 27, 2021
I was fortunate enough to work with Dr. Yudell at Mount Vernon Hospital from 2006-2008. Four years out of residency, I was thankful when Dr. Yudell showed up in the ER at 11PM or past midnight with his medical expertise. I had so much to learn from him. He was an old-school doctor with the strongest work ethic. After examining all his patients at the bedside, discussing patient care with me, and typing up his charts and admission orders, he would continue upstairs to round on the rest of his patients! During the daytime if we ever crossed paths in the Doctor's Lounge, we'd always exchange stories. He often spoke of his beloved wife Fran. He was a class act who will be truly missed.
February 25, 2021
Dr. Yudell will always be remembered by me. He and his beautiful wife Fran and my husband , Dr. David Katz were great travelers together, on land . sea and air, through jungles on top of mountains...these are the memories i live with every day. My husband used to say "you never know what life will hit you with ,so, eat your dessert first"" We certainly did! To his family whom we shared many dinners with You have wonderful memories of your own to get you through this hurtful time. I mourn with you. Shirley Katz.