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In Memoriam


Lionel Bernberg
M.B. CH.B.


Dr C. Goldberg of Cape Town writes:
   Lionel (Bemie) Bernberg passed away at Groote Schuur Hospital      The large number of letters of appreciation that his family
on 8 August 1985 aged 66 years after a long illness.                received at this time were more than equalled by the expressions
   He was educated at Rondebosch Boys High School and gradu-        of sympathy at the time of his death, and the extent of the love
ated at the University of Cape Town in 1941. While at UCT he        and devotion of his patients and colleagues is best exemplified by
was awarded a double blue for baseball and hockey.                                    extracts from their letters (published here with
He joined the armed forces and served with the                                        his wife's permission).
South African Medical Corps in Egypt and Italy,                                          'He was a rare and wonderful man - a superb
and at one time was seconded to the Royal Army                                        doctor and a marvellous friend to me through all
Medical Corps.          .                                                             my years in practice. It was a great privilege to
   After the war he opened a practice in Plumstead,                                   know him and to work with him. He left an
CP, and subsequently joined me in partnership, a                                      indelible mark with so many of us and will be so
relationship that lasted without a disagreement                                       sorely missed by all his friends and all his patients.'
for 34 years (surely a record for South Africa!).                                        'We not only admired his skills as a caring
   During the early days I realized that as a                                         doctor but as a man that had deep interests in not
general practitioner I had a colleague who had an                                     only his family but everybody that flocked around
overwhelming regard for his patients, irrespective                                    him.'
of race, religion or colour, and regardless of                                           'To me Bernie was always the real colleague,
financial reward. As a result of this he developed                                    ethical, a gentleman and a good friend. As time
a large and varied practice and became a close                                        goes by his type seems to get fewer and fewer.'
friend, confidant, and a source of great comfort to                                       Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated
many of his patients, especially when such comfort                                    gradually and he still had to endure the tragedy
was most needed. Perhaps above all his greatest                                       of losing a grandson as a result of a motor accident.
attribute lay in his ability as a family counsellor.                At this time, despite his weak condition, he was a tremendous
   About 11 years ago, during a routine examination, a blood        pillar of strength to his son and daughter-in-law.
count revealed that he was suffering from a malignant blood            At the burial service the theme of the Rabbi's address was his
condition. Immediately, in keeping with his deep regard for the     courage throughout his illness. Indeed the extent of this was quite
feelings of others, I was sworn to secrecy and his family did not   remarkable until about a week before his death.
know of his affliction for the following 5 years. He continued to      Our deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Raie and his three
work full time until he was forced to retire about 3 years ago.     sons and their families. The profession is poorer for his death.




Thomas Harry Wehlburg
M.RC.S. (ENGLAND), LRC.P. (LONDON)


Dr L. P. Haine of Scottburgh writes:
   Dr Thomas Harry Wehlburg, fondly known to all his friends as       Dr Wehlburg then returned to South Africa to retire and' built a
'Dr Tom', passed away in Durban on 9 July 1985 at the grand old     house in Scottburgh. He and Pat were staunch Catholics and were
age of 85 years. Tom Wehlburg was born on 24                                        regular attenders at the Scottburgh Catholic
September 1901 and obtained the diplomas of                                         Church. In 1967 he joined the staff of the G. J.
M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. at St Bartholomew's                                           Crookes Hospital where he rendered sterling
Hospital on 9 August 1926. He did his houseman-                                     service until the end of 1984. He was most
ship at Grey's Hospital in 1927 and practised as a                                  indignant when he was retired at the age of 83.
general practitioner in Durban during 1928 and                                         During his 80th year he was rushed to
1929. On 4 July 1929 he married Pat Standly and                                     Addington Hospital in the middle of the night
set up practice in Port Shepstone where he was                                      and had a laparotomy for a perforated peptic
part-time district surgeon and part-time hospital                                   ulcer. It was during this procedure that he was
superintendent from 1930 to 1935. The young                                         found to have a huge abdominal aortic aneurysm.
couple then left the Union of South Africa and                                      He stubbornly refused further surgery for this
moved to Northern Rhodesia, where from 1936-                                        and it eventually led to his death.
1943 Tom was the Chief Medical Officer at the                                          Dr Wehlburg was a real character and was
Nchanga Mine. He was responsible for building                                       loved and respected by his colleagues and the
the mine hospital there when the mine reopened.                                     staff at the G. J. Crookes Hospital. He was given
For the next 20 years he was in general practice                                    honorary life membership of the Medical Asso-
in Salisbury and in 1965/1966 he was Medical                                        ciation of South Africa in 1973.
Officer at the Havelock Mine in Swaziland.                                             He is survived by his wife and only son Tony,
                                                                                    his daughter-in-law Marion, and his grandchildren.

				
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