The Hardest (and easiest) P.R. to Write

I am sad to report that my father died suddenly on Sunday, after 86 years. He lived a great life and was very active right up until the end.

My family was huddling at the funeral home, the day after, discussing the arrangements. All eyes turned to me when the topic of an obituary came up, as I write and work with the press (sure, it’s great to have doctors, lawyers, accountants in your family, but PR is needed too).

My dad’s obit was the toughest thing to write because it was through tears – but also the easiest. He was a great man, and the words flowed freely when it came to recounting the details of his life – in the obituary, and also the eulogy.

I am not going to go all mushy here, this is primarily a business blog (find me on Facebook to read about some of the memories and see pics).  But I did want to share this as he really was an incredible man who touched so many lives. He was a doctor, but studied English in college – that was the part rubbed off on me; and of course influenced me and my four siblings in so many wonderful ways.

Dr. Herbert Z. Geller, 1931-2017

Dr. Herbert Z. Geller passed away on August 20, 2017. He was 86 years old. Dr. Geller was born January 17, 1931 in Bronx, NY, the only child of Morris and Rose Geller. He graduated with a B.A. Degree from NYU, received his MD degree from University of Chicago, and completed a Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Downstate. He married Udell Fishman and they raised a family of five children in Rockland County, NY. Dr. Geller was a distinguished physician and a pillar of the community. He was a founder of the Monsey Jewish Center, the founding partner of Hudson Valley Radiology Associates, and served in numerous leadership positions at Nyack Hospital including Chairman of Department of Radiology. Dr. Geller is survived by his wife Udell, his sons Mark (and daughter-in law Trish), Bob, Paul and David (and daughter-in-law Lori) , daughter Amy, and grandchildren Michael, Jacob, Carli, Jordyn, Maya, Sam, Oliver, Dylan, and Olivia.

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One Response to The Hardest (and easiest) P.R. to Write

  1. Paul Geller says:

    Well said, Robert. Thanks for posting here.

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