Robert Shack

Robert Shack

Dr. Robert Phillip Shack, 73, of Short Hills and Boca Raton, Fla., died Dec. 24, 2016. Raised in South Orange, he lived in Short Hills for 40 years and also resided in Boca Raton for many years.

Dr. Shack was a general and vascular surgeon on staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center for 40 years. 

He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, where he was an all-state wrestler. He also was a wrestler at Columbia University, from which he graduated in 1965. A veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he attended Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia and completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. 

He was a longtime member of Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills. He was an avid handball player and past state champion.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Simon Shack; two soens, Brett Shack (Michelle Gavin) and Brian Shack; two daughters, Jodelyn (Mitchell) Malzberg and Emily (Stuart) Garber; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held Dec. 27 at Temple B’nai Jeshurun. Memorial contributions may be made to Comfort Project 360, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ 07039 ( 

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