Arnold Melnick, DO, FACOP
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Arnold Melnick, DO. Arnold was a beloved ACOP member serving as the Past President from 1952-1953. He was the editor for the ACOP newsletter, the PULSE, for many years and later became the Emeritus Editor. He truly loved ACOP and served in many capacities over the years. He was the Watson Memorial Lecturer three times, the last time being the ACOP 75th Anniversary Celebration at the 2015 Spring Meeting, where he was also honored at the Emeritus Member Reception. A link to his 2015 Watson Memorial Lecture can be found here.
Born 1920 in Philadelphia, died July 12, 2018. He was predeceased by the love of his life and best friend, Anita (Slipakoff), his loving wife of 63 marvelous years. He is survived by his beloved son, Sandy Dean Melnick, MD, his wonderful daughter-in-law, Nona, and two grandchildren, Rachel Louise Melnick (Ryan Balogh) and Steven Harris Melnick (Megan), both of whom he loved dearly. Also surviving are his sister, Lila Grossman, and three godsons – Kenneth Shear (Suzie) , Yonathan Shear (Michal) and Daniel Berger.
He attended Philadelphia public schools and received AB and MA Degrees from Temple University and DO and MSc degrees from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Nova Southeastern University. During his 30 years in pediatric practice in Philadelphia, he was Chairman of Pediatrics at two hospitals and a faculty member at three medical schools.
In 1980, Dr. Melnick entered a second career as Founding Dean of the Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Miami, and through its growth and amalgamation, he became Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the Health Professions Division of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He served as Chief Operating Officer and led in the establishment of five additional health professions schools along the way. Active in numerous professional and related groups, he achieved the presidency or chairmanship of 13 national and regional organizations, and held the honor of Fellow in five professional associations. In addition, he was honored by various professional organizations with 18 Distinguished Service Awards. Most recently, he was inducted by the American Osteopathic Association as one of the first 40 Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine.
He was a founder of Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel in Cheltenham and served as its second president. On his retirement from medical education in 1998, he turned to his lifelong love of writing and editing; this became his third career, and he continued to be nationally recognized as a distinguished writer and speaker. He was the author of eight published books and more than 200 published professional publications. In this third career, he also served as columnist for three professional publications, writing about pediatrics and medical communication. He also edited two professional newsletters (including ACOP's PULSE).
While he was proud of his professional and personal achievements, he prided himself most for his great family, for his many "firsts" in his profession, for his reputation for honesty and integrity and for his intense love for children.
Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
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