Feb 20 2021

Life in the Time of Corona(virus) – Day 340

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My father passed away peacefully early in the morning on Saturday, ending a long struggle. The miracles of modern medicine extended his life by at least five years, and until the last year, he enjoyed every moment of the added time. Our family is pleased he is at peace. We will miss him terribly; however, we certainly do not feel cheated. He was a seemingly effortless family patriarch — the DiMaggio of the genre. Speaking of baseball, his favorite joke was about two older gentlemen who loved baseball. They often wondered if there was baseball in heaven. They made a pact that if one of them died, he would come back to tell the other one the answer to the question. So, Joe dies, and sure enough, he comes back to tell Benny, “I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that there IS baseball in heaven. The bad news is that you’re pitching on Sunday.” I hope my dad throws a no-hitter when it’s his turn to pitch.

At the other extreme of the life cycle, we are about to welcome a new grandchild, a little boy, in New York City. However, he has a coarctation of the aorta that will require major surgery shortly after his birth. We are grateful for the love of our family and the support of so many friends and colleagues that help us get through this trying time.

Our circle of life has been snipped, both at its origin and its termination. But, just as our bodies repair DNA breaks, we will repair this damage and emerge intact, armed with loving memories on the one hand and, with just a bit of good fortune, the joy of watching another grandchild navigate a happy childhood and bright future. It’s a tough moment, but we’ll get through it. However, we are going to be splitting time between Yardley and Manhattan for the next week or two. I will try to keep up with work as best as I can.

Stay safe and be well.



In Memoriam

Samuel Henry Weiner

Samuel Henry Weiner of Yardley, PA, died on February 20, 2021, at the age of 94 years, at his home, from complications of myelofibrosis, a type of blood cancer. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he graduated from West Philadelphia High School in 1944, despite being a terrible student. Samuel WeinerHe then enlisted in the Army and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, where he spent time as a Prisoner of War and earned a Bronze Star. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Penn State University with assistance from the GI Bill, graduating in 1950 with a B.S. in Physics. He then worked at ITE Circuit Breaker in Philadelphia, while completing requirements and earning a M.S. in Physics from Penn State. He was discovered to have a talent for writing patents and was hired by a New York based patent law firm, now known as Ostrolenk Faber LLP. He earned a J.D. from Temple University Law School in 1961, and stayed at Ostrolenk through his retirement as the firm’s Senior Partner at the age of 84. During his remarkable 60-year career he wrote and litigated patents for solar batteries, rectifiers, microchips, light dimmers and MRI medical technology that revolutionized modern life. He enjoyed travel, great food, reading, the Saturday New York Times Crossword puzzle, opera, sports, a good joke, a cold glass of gin and lousy cigars. Most of all, he cherished his family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Bella (1929-1992), and is survived by his loving partner Alina Groblicka, sons Louis (Harriet) and Stephen (Ryta) Weiner, grandchildren Kenneth Weiner (Sarah), Elana Fertig (Benjamin), Marla Mindelle, Lisa Westermark (Kai), David Weiner (Kelly), Olivia Weiner and seven great-grandchildren. Even in death he remains his family’s North Star, guiding us to our better selves. To celebrate his extraordinary life, please direct contributions to Fox Chase Cancer Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum or the charity of your choice.







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  1. Amrita Cheema on 22 Feb 2021 at 8:27 am

    Dear Dr. Weiner,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the demise of your father. May God bless his soul and his memory be a blessing. Om Shanti!

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