Dr. Bertram Katz, 83

HUBBARD – Dr. Bertram Katz, 83, died at his home on Monday morning, Dec. 31, surrounded by family and friends. A longtime area surgeon, Dr. Katz operated on many thousands of Valley residents and was Chief of Surgery at Youngstown Hospital Association from 1969 to 1973.
Born in Youngstown on Oct. 5, 1924 to Abraham and Julia (Sacher) Katz, Dr. Katz was preceded in death by his two sisters, Katherine Scheinberg and Edna Buntman.
He is survived by Eleanor (Hume), his wife of 59 years; his brother, William of Hubbard; his children, Jon of Los Angeles; Nicholas of Boca Raton, Fla., Katherine of Pittsburgh, Jeffry of Shaker Heights and Daniel of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and grandchildren Carisa, Benjamin, Rachel, Tania, Leo, Anna, Samuel, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Oliver. Dr. Katz will also be deeply missed by his daughters-in-law, Anne Marie Feretti Katz, Cynthia Katz, Judith Malone and Molly Renfroe Katz, and by Samuel Cercone.
Dr. Katz attended The Rayen School, Ohio State University, Holy Cross, and the University of Illinois School of Medicine. Following an internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, he completed his surgical training at City of Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army, serving as a surgeon in a MASH unit during the Korean War.
Upon his return to Youngstown in 1956, Dr. Katz began a practice in general surgery, which would encompass nearly 40 years. He was an admired teacher and mentor who trained numerous surgical residents, many of whom went on to prominent careers in the Youngstown area. In a case reported by the national and international media, Dr. Katz in May of 1957 led a surgical team that performed the first successful separation of conjoined (Siamese) twins sharing a vital organ. In addition to his technical skill, Dr. Katz was noted for an unwavering dedication to his patients. He developed deep and fulfilling friendships with a number of colleagues, especially those who shared his sense of humor and love of life.
Funeral services will be held at Rodef Shalom Temple at noon on Thursday, Jan. 3, with calling hours beginning an hour earlier at 11 a.m.
Burial arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Social Action Committee at Rodef Shalom Congregation or the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM).