Berger Memorial Chapel

9430 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO


Dr. Gilbert Herbert Nussbaum

June 7, 1939May 11, 2020

Nussbaum, Gilbert Herbert

May 11, 2020, age 80

Husband of Linda Nicholson; father of Noah and John (Erin); brother of Donald (Margaret) and William (the late Maggie Riechers); grandfather of Jasper and Liam.

Gil was born on June 7, 1939 in the Bronx, New York. From his earliest years, Gil displayed many talents. Upon completing junior high, ¬he successfully auditioned to gain admittance to the High School of Music and Art. He also passed the rigorous admissions exam for the Bronx High School of Science and was torn between the two schools. He ultimately chose the latter and went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in physics from The City College of New York and then a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. His first position was as a researcher at the then Bell Laboratories in New Jersey before becoming a member of the physics faculty at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Wanting to apply his knowledge of physics to real life problems, he became a post-doctoral fellow in medical physics at the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute. He later joined the faculties of medicine at Tufts University and Washington University in St. Louis. He was an internationally renowned authority in the use of heat therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Throughout his long and successful career in science, he never lost his love for the performing arts. He had a remarkable voice and a love of acting. He had roles in plays and musicals in productions put on by The Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis, the MUNY, the Jewish Community Center of St. Louis, Lindenwood University, St. Charles Community College, Harvard University and many other venues. Gil was Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind, Mr. Macafee in Bye Bye Birdie, Joe Keller in All My Sons, among a host of other roles. He was a highly respected member, soloist and dramatic narrator for the international champion barbershop chorus, The Ambassadors of Harmony. He was also a man gifted with words, writing poetry and plays and delighting in the learning of foreign languages.

Gil Nussbaum was a force of a man, known for his sharp wit and ability to make others fall laughing to the floor. He possessed a searing intelligence, a playful nature, and a generous spirit. His death has left a large hole in the universe.

A memorial service will be held at Central Reform Congregation when Covid19 restrictions are lifted In lieu of flowers, Gil would want tributes to be sent to The Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU of Missouri or the Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis.


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Dr. Gilbert Herbert Nussbaum

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Jack Cohen

May 22, 2020

Gil was a friend, and a real Mensch. He was an active member of our congregation, B'nai Torah in St. Charles. He conducted many Seders for our congregation, he was on our Board of Directors, and shared the hopes of our members that B'nai Torah would be here for future generations of Jews in St. Charles County. (Sadly, that was not to be). One of the highlights of Gil's membership was founding a B'nai Torah Little Theater for live productions. Our first production was with Gil playin the star role in The Sunshine Boys to a full house. Afterwards, we had about a half dozen of our local Yiddish and Hebrew entertainers and groups perform at B'nai Torah. My wife Laura, and I will never forget Gil singing the Anniversary Song to us during our celebration at B'nai Torah of our 25th anniversary. We will never forget, our friend, Gil.

James/Jeannette Daugherty

May 19, 2020

Gil and I shared several good times. Sometimes playing Trivial Pursuit, discussing Theology, and enjoying competition in Poker games. He always led with humor and easy acceptance. May you who are his family find support in knowing that many of us also loved him and will miss him....Rev. James Daugherty

Phyllis Thorpe

May 17, 2020

“May there be peace on his spirit and eternal light on his soul.” (x3)
May you, Linda, and all his loved ones and admirers be comforted and sustained.


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