Dr. Gary R. Zuckerman
February 2, 1935 – January 2, 2019
Dr. Gary Robert Zuckerman, born February 2, 1935, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 2, 2019.
Beloved father of Lauren (Javier) Gomez of Los Angeles, dear brother of Richard (Marsha) Zuckerman and the late Bruce (Glenda Hares) Zuckerman, uncle of Wendi Larrabrue, Craig (Lori) Zuckerman, Rebecca (Brendan) Buck and Emily Berg, cousin of Deann (Michael) Rubin, Jana (the late Bruce) Marbin, Harvey (Barbara) Soule, David (Sheila) Soule and Michael Soule.
Gary, affectionately known as “Z” to his colleagues and friends, spent his career at the Washington University School of Medicine. At his retirement in 2013, he was remembered as a “scholarly clinician and a thoughtful and respected colleague,” with an unparalleled commitment to and advocate for his patients. Professor, physician, friend and great humanist whose “footprints are throughout the hospital and will remain indelible for generations to come.” He will be greatly missed.
Graveside service Sunday, January 6th at 10:30 a.m. at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, 9125 Ladue Road, Ladue, Missouri 63124. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are greatly appreciated to the American Parkinson Disease Association Greater St. Louis Chapter, 1415 Elbridge Payne, Ste. 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017 or Washington University School of Medicine, Gastroenterology Division, c/o Dr. Nicholas Davidson, 1001 Highland Plaza Dr West, Ste. 140, St. Louis, MO 63110.
- Graveside Service Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Condolences Sunday, January 6, 2019
Dr. Gary R. Zuckerman
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Mike and Nancy Klein
January 5, 2019
We met Dr. Gary Zuckerman about 3 years ago at Mike Scheller's Parkinson Exercise Class at the Clayton Center. Nancy has had Parkinson for 23 years. We visited with Gary and learned he was living just a few blocks from our home in University City. While waiting for transportation to his home, we offered him a ride and subsequently began taking him home on a regular basis. Over a period of time his conditioned worsened and he was admitted to Stonecrest Assisted Living. We would pick him up and take him each Wednesday and Friday to the hour exercise class at the Clayton Center. He always enjoyed being with the Parkiknson exercise group which interacted with him in a positive and supportive manner. He was so humble and after class he would on occasion ask for additional help in going to Commerce Bank, getting a haircut, or obtaining special treats at Straubs, Whole Foods or going to his favorite restaurant, (Sugo) for dinner. One special memory took place a year ago at Christmas. He wanted to go to Barnes and Noble by himself and asked that we pick him up in 45 minutes. We did and he came out with a package all wrapped with a red bow and gave it to Nancy and said Merry Christmas. It was his humble way of saying thank you for the little things we were able to share with him. We enjoyed every minute of time that we had with him. As Gary's Parkinson's continued to progress, he became more disabled and was subsequently move to skilled nursing care at Mari de Villa. He was not able to attend the exercise classes to the Clayton Center, but we continued to visit with him every Monday afternoon. As his conditioned became more severe, he never lost his sense of humor and the twinkle in his eye as he tried to express himself and to listen to the updates and activities of his other Parkinson friends that he remembered.
Lauren, we share your grief at the loss of your Dad, and our loss and grief of a dear friend.
Nancy and Mike Klein
January 4, 2019
I entrusted the medical care of my wife to Gary based on my assessment of his clinical acumen,superb judgment and his methodical attention to all the clinal details.
My wife called me from St.Louis when she was visiting her parents.
This was about 13 to 14 years ago and at that time I was Director of the Gastroenterology program at Kansas University in Kansas City. My wife had the sudden onset of increasingly severe abdominal pain with accompanying nausea and feeling very bloated.She had no history of any previous medical issues and specifically no abdominal problems . I called Gary,literally “out of the blue “, late that same afternoon and asked for his assistance, specifically if he could meet my wife at Barnes Hospital and find a private setting to examine her.I stressed to Gary that I wanted his expertise and experienced hand to examine her abdomen and not a physician in the Emergency Room who would not have his skill and knowledge of abdominal pathology. Gary agreed to this somewhat unorthodox request and approach requiring him to drop everything and cancell all his plans , He met and examined my wife ,in a small exam room in the Endoscopy suite area with nobody still around since it was now approaching 7.0pm.Gary had never formally met my wife, although knew her name from our past conversations.He then called me to inform me that the diagnosis was Diverticulitis, which was subsequently confirmed by abdominal CT imaging. Gary quickly initiated her admission to Barnes Hospital and then orchestrated her subsequent management and very successful outcome.Mary Beth and I are forever indebted to what I interpret as an exclamation point of Gary ‘s well recognized clinical expertise and his special touch of personal involvement in patient care acompanied by great compassion and professionalism.
Gary Zuckerman’s’ s memory for me will always be synaptic with the following: consummate physician ,a true colleague and a dear,wonderful friend.
January 3, 2019
Lauren...Please accept my prayers and sympathy on the loss of your dear Father. I am so thankful you were able to make it home to be with him at the time of his passing.
Sending you a hug...
(The Flt Att who you sat next to on your flt home from LAX)
January 3, 2019
Gary and I have been friends for 48years, since I was fortunate to meet and work with him at Barnes- Jewish Hospital in 1971.
Gary certainly influenced my career choice of Academic Gastroenterolgy.
Gary was a pioneer in advancing the respect and recognition of the DO degree in Academic Medicine and achieved National recognition for his clinical and research accomplishments as well as being the only DO degree academic Medical Faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine at that time to be promoted to the rank the Associate Professor of Medicine.Gary mentored nearly 100 Gastroenterology Trainees in the art and skills of clinical and Endoscopic aspects oF Gastroenterology and Liver diseases and will always be remembered by them for his sincere personal interest in both their professional and personal accomplishments.He was the role model , professional colleague and true friend we all aspire to be.