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SAMT DEEL68 12 OKTOBER 1985 619 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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