Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home

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Charles Snyder Hirshberg

June 26, 1933January 9, 2020

Charles Snyder Hirshberg passed January 9, 2020 was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 26, 1933. He came minutes after his twin sister, Bobbie Ann, and several years after his brother, Samuel. He attended Ransom Elementary and West End High School before enrolling at Vanderbilt University where he was active in ROTC and Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Charles graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School and moved to Cincinnati for an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital then continued to a residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Pediatrics. Upon finishing his formal training, he and his family moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he served in the U.S. Public Health Service caring for the Native American Indian population in several states. He achieved the rank of Lt. Commander before returning to Nashville where he began a successful private pediatric practice that lasted for three decades. Later in his career, he served as Chief of Pediatrics at Baptist Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt University.

Charles, or Doc H as he was known, was devoted to the families in his practice where he was available 24/7/365. He made house calls when needed and opened his office seven days a week. Charles took a genuine interest in the lives of his patients and their families sharing their varied accomplishments and life cycle celebrations. Also, he was the pediatrician at Tennessee Preparatory School for many decades. Many a Friday night during football season he would be pacing the sidelines on the field at home games, just in case. After his retirement, on several occasions when he needed medical care himself, it was reassuring and gratifying to know some of his care givers had been his patients.

Retirement allowed Charles time to enjoy time at the lake house, on his boat “House Call”, volunteering at LPGA golf tournaments, traveling and spending time with his family. He actually enjoyed yardwork at the lake and called it his “exercise”. A consummate card player, Charles taught his children and grandchildren how to play, too. His concern for the underdog was evident in his adoption of several dogs that were down on their luck. He learned how to ride the public transit system while serving on the Davidson County Grand Jury where he was fascinated by many of the cases presented to them for consideration.

A celebration of Charles’ life will be held at The Temple Congregation Ohabai Shalom at 5015 Harding Pike on Sunday Jan 12 at 2 p.m. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Wolman Hirshberg, three devoted children: Marcie Hirshberg, Al (Suzy) Hirshberg, and Paul (Marcy) Hirshberg, six beloved grandchildren: Kevin (Lauren) Hirshberg, Robin (Chris) Hirshberg, Carolyn Hirshberg, Samantha Hirshberg, Audrey Hirshberg, and Eli Hirshberg, and two great grandchildren: Avery Hirshberg and Austin Hirshberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, First Steps, Inc. of Nashville, or in Charles’ name to the charity of your choice. Visit Marshalldonnellycombs.com for more information.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Shiva Minyan Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020


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Lisa Crook

January 16, 2020

Dr.Hirshberg was my pediatrician when I was a child and also my sons till he retired .He was The Best Doctor ever.The one thing that stands out about him is he loved snoopy and always wore a snoopy pin and sometimes a snoopy tie .RIP DR H .

Linda Frazier

January 12, 2020

Dr. Hirshberg was my life saver. When my son was born Dr. Hirshberg talked me through a lot of parental woes. I would not have survived without him. A great doctor and a real gentleman. I would ask at every visit how my son was doing and he would always say "the proof is in the pudding" he's doing fine.

Susan Bradley

January 11, 2020

Dr H was my girls’ pediatrician in the 80’s up until he retired. A friend at work suggested him when I had my first daughter in 1980 and I thanked her for the wonderful rec. I was new to Nashville so I didn’t know who to get. We all loved Dr H and still share stories of our many visits with him. As a new mom with no relatives nearby he was a God send to me as I could call and he would take my calls and walk me through whatever it was on the phone.
Thank you to his family for sharing him with my family and so many others in his lifetime. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.