Dr. Victor H. Kasner, 83, of Wellington, Fla., died March 13, 2015. He was born in Manhattan and moved to Brooklyn when he was six years old. He raised his family in Livingston.
A periodontist, Dr. Kasner ran a practice in West Orange. For 25 years he was a Clinical Professor of Periodontics and Implantology at New York University. He created the Dental Department at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston when it opened in 1964, also designing a portable dental unit for patients who were bedridden. He was chairman of the Periodontics Department at St. Barnabas and member of the Medical Board.
He was president of Essex County Dental Society and Alpha Omega Dental fraternity and a Fellow of American College of Dentistry. He was also a founder of Hadassah Dental School, Israel.
He attended Brooklyn College and New York University Dental School.
He enlisted in the Air Force and served from 1958 to 1960 as a captain in the Project Mercury astronaut program.
He was a member of Atlantis Yacht Club, Maplewood Country Club, and Wycliffe Country Club.
Involved with many civic organizations, he was president of West Orange B’nai B’rith, and chairman of UJA Dental Division. He was included in “Who’s Who in the East,” “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in Jewry.” He also appeared on a NJ Network television program hosted by Marjorie Margolis in which he discussed various disciplines of dentistry. He was a member of the advisory council of Maplewood Bank, chairman of the advisory committee of Summit Bank, and a member of the board of trustees of Temple Beth Shalom, Livingston.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha (Goobich), his son, David (Renee) of Boca Raton, Fla.; his twin daughters, Robin (Philip) of Hopewell Junction and Lisa (Steven) of Short Hills; and eight grandchildren.
Services were held with military honors on March 15. Arrangements were handled by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.