Dr. Maximillian Schoss, M.D., FACS, 91, of Basking Ridge, formerly of Westfield, died June 24, 2017. Born in Bucharest, Romania, he lived in Israel before coming to the United States.
Dr. Schoss completed his residency in surgery at Newark Beth Israel Hospital. He practiced general surgery in Union County for over 50 years, was a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and served as assistant clinical professor of surgery, New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry. He practiced as an attending physician at St. Elizabeth, Elizabeth General, and Alexian Brothers hospitals. He served as president of the medical and dental staff of St. Elizabeth in 1981 and 1982. During his career as a physician he had offices in Roselle and Elizabeth, providing surgical and primary care to residents there and of surrounding communities. He also served as the medical examiner for Union County, retiring as the chief medical examiner after 20 years of service.
After retiring from private practice, he served as the clinical director, Department of Surgery, at Elizabeth General Medical Center (now Trinitas Regional Medical Center). In 2000, he was awarded the Golden Merit Award by the Medical Society of New Jersey upon his completion of 50 years of distinguished service as a practicing physician.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sadie (Warren); two daughters, Felicia (Jack) Touhey and Johanna (Rich Traube); his son, Ethan (Joanne); and five granddaughters.
Services were held June 27 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, 200 Mt. Airy Rd., Basking Ridge, N.J. 07920; or The Popcorn Park Zoo, P.O. Box 43, Forked River, N.J. 08731.