04/08/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alvin Mirmelstein, M.D.
Alvin B. H. Mirmelstein
(1923 - 05 Apr 2009)
News High School Class of @ 1941
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have still another sad Memorial Edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. Beloved
retired Peninsula physician,
Alvin Mirmelstein, Class of @ 1941, brother of Howard Mirmelstein of
VA, passed away in
Williamsburg on Sunday,
April 5, 2009 at the age of about 86.
May his memory be for a blessing always.
From the Daily Press -
||Alvin B. H.
WILLIAMSBURG - Alvin B. H.
Mirmelstein, M.D., of Williamsburg, Va., son of Louis Mirmelstein and
Frances Binder Mirmelstein, and brother of Howard Mirmelstein, passed
away on Sunday, April 5, 2009.
Dr. Mirmelstein was born in Newport News, Va., in 1923. He graduated
from Newport News High School, attended Duke University and graduated
from the Medical College of Virginia. He did his postgraduate work in
Otorhinolaryngology at Northwestern University. Dr. Mirmelstein
practiced ear, nose and throat medicine in Newport News for 42 years. He
was the first physician on the Peninsula to perform microscopic surgery
of the middle ear and was able to restore hearing to many local hearing
impaired residents who previously had no hope for a cure.
Dr. Mirmelstein served his country during World War II and the Korean
War as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps. He was a founding member of
and the first President of the Newport News Wetlands Commission, and a
founding member of Temple Sinai. He was also a founding member of the
Centurion Club, an organization dedicated to deafness research.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Ruth Russell
Mirmelstein; five children, Alvin Mirmelstein and wife Beverly of
Charlottesville, Va., Fred Mirmelstein and wife Susan Mathews of
Indianapolis, Ind., Russ Mirmelstein of Williamsburg, Va., Sally Scott
and husband Tim of Kingsport, Tenn., and Lewis Mirmelstein of
Williamsburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, Jason Mirmelstein and wife, Lane
Crowder of Chattanooga, Tenn., Claire Hopkins and husband Michael of
Orrs Island, Maine, Jeffery Mirmelstein of Charlottesville, Va., Kara
Mirmelstein of Indianapolis, Ind., Kendall and Hunter Scott of Johnson
City, Tenn., and Peyton Scott of Kingsport, Tenn.; and two
great-grandchildren, Willa Grace and Eli Mirmelstein of Chattanooga,
A private service is planned.
Memorial donations may be made to Kings Daughters Children's Hospital,
The family wishes to thank all the professional and caring individuals
at Williamsburg Sentara Hospital and Bayata Nursing Services who helped
our beloved Father in his final days. He will be greatly missed by his
family and the community he served faithfully for many years.
View and post condolences
on our online guestbook at
in the Daily Press from 4/8/2009 - 4/9/2009.
April 08, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of
Dr. Mirmelsterin's passing. He was my son's doctor 28 years ago. May
God bless the family and be with you at this time.
~ Fran Ray, Newport
What a sweet man !! What a
wonderful husband and Father. One of a kind ! You all were so lucky to
have him in your lives. Our sincerest sympathy. Judy & Chick Becker
Russ, I'm so sorry to hear
about your father's passing. I remember he and your mother being such nice
people when Mark and I were up there doing some work on their house. I'm
not sure if your remember me or not, but I worked for you with Drucker and
Falk many years ago. Please give your mother my condolences and let me
know if there is anything I can possibly do for your guys. Annette (Haberman)
Dear Mary Ruth,
Mary and I were so very sorry to hear about the loss of Alvin. He was a
good family man and well respected by his neighbors and the entire
community. He will be sadly missed.
I know Alice enjoyed her many visits with you and Alvin. She often
reminisced about them and how much fun she had. I also have many fond
memories of growing up in Beechwood Hills and playing in the woods near
Please extend our condolences to the entire family. You will continue to
be in our thoughts and prayers.
It is our good fortune to have
known Alvin. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We wish to extend our
condolences to Mary Ruth and the family.
Don and Linda Grantham
It is sad to learn of the
passing of a friend.
Memorable moments were shared, while visiting last year at Riverside
Rehab. Convalescent home.
His contribution to peoples health and welfare is exceeded only by his
love of God and family.
Prayers and blessings to Mary Ruth and family.
Reverend Jim & Danielle Lehman
Mary Ruth and family,
I was sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful man. Having worked
for his brother, Howard, for many years I had some contact with your
family. My sympathies to all. It seems like the passing of an era. Love,
I was sorry to have read about
Good memories of him and your family growing up on Stratford and in
Beechmont have never been forgotten. I know he will be missed by your
family and all who knew him. Mary Ruth, Sally and family you are in my
thoughts and prayers.
Mary Ruth and family, having
worked for this great man, I have only the highest regard for his
professionalism and love for his patients and all who knew him. He will be
Prayers for you all.
My thoughts and prayers are
with you all. I remember when Bob and I took Sherry to Dr. Mirmelstein for
a tonsillectomy. On the way there, Bob said "I hope Dr. Mirmelstein
doesn't remember the blisters that Alvin Jr. got on his feet when I made
him run laps at football practice". We needn't have worried because Dr.
Mirmelstein was the consummate professional and never even mentioned it.
He was truly a wonderful man and I feel fortunate to have known him and
So sorry to hear of Dr.
Mirmelstein's death. I am a retired nurse that trained at old Riverside
Hospital, graduating in 1956. He was the first doctor that I ever assisted
in surgery. I was scared and nervous. He was so kind and helpful to me
that day, and I shall always remember him for that, never fussing if I was
slow. After I married and had children he did T&A's on both of our
children, being a very special doctor to the them.
Our sincerest sympathies are
extended to the entire Mirmelstein family and their friends at this time, as
well as to Dr. Mirmelstein's former patients.
From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA -
04/08/09 - "Dr. Mirmelstein":
I was sad to read of Dr. Mirmelstein's
death. He was our family ENT and did surgery to rebuild our daughter
Miriam's eardrum, due to so many ear infections. He was always a joy to
see, even when in pain. He took my tonsils out when I was 18! Bet many of
you lost your tonsils to him as well....ha
Peace & Blessing,
I'm sure that's true, Cheryl.
From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 04/08/09 - "Dr. Mirmelstein's
It was with such sadness that I read about Dr. A.B.H.
Mirmelstein's Death. My mother-in-law worked for him for over 23 years. He was
not only our doctor he was our friend. He was at my wedding and he took out
all three of my children's tonsils (he did both the boys on the same day back
to back). We have such fond memories of him over the years and he was always
there for us. Our Sincere Sympathy to his wife and family.
Thank you, Catherine.
My deepest condolences on the loss of your friend.
From Patricia Sheene (Matthews) of VA - 04/09/09 - "Notice for Alvin B. H.
... didn't know if you saw this notice of Dr. Mirmelstein's passing.... he went
to NNHS.. was a wonderful doctor.. my kids had
him when they were little.
Y'all take good care of each
other! TYPHOONS FOREVER!
Love to all, Carol
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