Gerald Winokur

Gerald Winokur

Dr. Gerald Lincoln Winokur, 94, of Maplewood died July 6, 2013. Born in Jersey City, he resided in Maplewood for 60 years.

One of the first board-certified neurosurgeons in New Jersey, Dr. Winokur, a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, was chief of neurosurgery at Jersey City Medical Center and Christ Hospital and associate clinical professor of neurosurgery at New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. He was also chief of staff and president of the executive committee at Jersey City Medical Center. He was a founding member and later president of the New Jersey Neurosurgical Society.

Known for his prowess in track as a sprinter, in college he was nicknamed “Flash.” He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University and Alpha Omega Alpha from its medical school.

After interning in surgery at Johns Hopkins University, he served in World War II as a captain in the Army, stationed in the Pacific at the 176th Station Hospital and later as chief of surgery at Edgewood Arsenal Hospital. After the war, he completed residencies in surgery and neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Barnes Hospital of Washington University.

He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Mountain Ridge Country Club, West Caldwell, where he won many tournaments.

Despite having to retire from neurosurgical practice due to loss of vision at age 56, he remained active, taking college courses in ancient history and serving as president of Charles Bierman Home for the Aged. A lifelong music lover, he helped found the Mostly Music chamber music series in Maplewood. In his 90s, he continued to serve on the board of directors of the Maplewood chapter of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian (Cohen); two daughters, Nancy Winokur (Joel) Streim of Merion, Pa., and Susan Winokur (Paul Leach) of Seattle, Wash.; a brother, Gene of Encino, Calif.; a sister, Rita Milstein of Jupiter, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Arrangements were handled by Thiele-Reid Family Funeral Home, Kearny. Memorial contributions may be made to the Winokur Family Scholarship Fund at New Jersey City University or Barnabas Health Hospice & Palliative Care, West Orange.

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