Joseph Gertner

GERTNER, Joseph Michael, 76, died at home on August 10 in Boston, MA. Joe was the son of Levi and Elisheva Gertner. He was raised in London, England, attending Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University and Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He specialized in Pediatric Endocrinology, completing an exchange program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before moving to the United States permanently in 1977. Joe lived for many years in Guilford, CT, working at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After several years as a professor at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, Joe chose a different career path, becoming Chief Medical Officer at pharmaceutical companies in Boston and New Jersey. He and his wife moved to the Back Bay, Boston after his retirement in 2013.


Joe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy, and his three children: Abigail Gertner of Arlington, MA, Matthew Gertner of Prague, Czech Republic, and Ben Gertner of Los Angeles, CA, as well as his son-in-law, Christopher Lee, and two daughters-in-law, Lucie Gertner and Maria Isabel Martinez-Gertner. He was also the loving and beloved grandfather of Alan, Isaac, Hannah, Juliana and Elizabeth. Joe is also survived by his sister, Rayah Feldman, of London, England, and many nieces and nephews.


Joe was a life-long learner, taking and teaching courses at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. He was active in the community, serving as Trustee of the Vendome Condominium and as Director on the Board of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay. He combined impressive erudition and a love of knowledge with a kind and generous disposition that drew people to him. He loved reading, science, photography, languages and many other pursuits, and was never happier than when sitting outside listening to and watching the birds.


Services at Temple Israel of Boston, 477 Longwood Ave., (parking on the Riverway) Friday, August 17 at 12 noon, followed by a reception at the Temple. Donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or the Pine Street Inn

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