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Martin L. Beller, MD
April 30, 1924 ~ June 6, 2023 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Dr. Martin L. Beller, of Gaines, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home during the night of June 6, 2023. He was 99 years old.
Marty was predeceased by his wife of more than 70 years, Wilma Kjelgaard Beller, who passed away in 2020 at 102 years old. He is survived by their three children, Alan, Trixie (Bob) and Peter (Adriane), ten grandchildren (Elizabeth, Ruth, Tim, John, Ned, David, Jake, Melanie, William and Hannah), seven great-grandchildren (Lauren, Clementine, Henry, Leslie, Marielle, Francis, and Bruce), his sister Barbara and numerous nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Marty was undeniably brilliant, a gifted surgeon, professionally successful, a loyal friend and an important contributor to his profession and community. He was a devoted and loving husband to his dearest Wilma, a wonderful father, a doting grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a distinguished professional partner and an important force for good with all whom he touched. He served faithfully, and with distinction, for many years on the vestries of Trinity Memorial Church in Center City Philadelphia and St. Paul’s Church in Wellsboro, Pa. Accolades aside, Marty had a well-developed, and at times wicked, sense of humor. For Marty, telling jokes and hearing them and laughing together with family and friends was an important part of life. His impact and influence on those who knew him have been wide, deep and long-lasting.
Marty was born in New York City on April 30, 1924 to Dr. Abraham Jacob Beller and Ida Fishkin Beller. He graduated in 1940 at the age of 16 from Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY. In 1944 he graduated with a B.A. degree from Columbia College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and in 1946 he received his M.D. degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was a member of Phi Delta Epsilon and Alpha Omega Alpha.
Upon his completion of medical school Marty was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served until 1949, when he was discharged as a Captain. He married Wilma in 1947. Following completion of his residency in orthopedics at New York’s Hospital for Joint Diseases in 1952, Marty and his family moved to Philadelphia, where he joined the orthopedics partnership of brothers Dr. Irvin Stein and Dr. Raymond Stein. Marty practiced in Philadelphia with Irvin Stein until 1979 when Irvin retired. Marty himself retired in 1987.
During his professional career Marty maintained an interest in research and advancing the profession. He authored or co-authored numerous articles. With Irvin and Raymond Stein he authored a book in 1955 titled Living Bone in Health and Disease. He was affiliated with a number of leading institutions, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a Clinical Professor in Orthopedic Surgery, and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In 1963 he toured Great Britain as a member of the prestigious American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship program of the American Orthopedics Society.
Following Marty’s retirement, he and Wilma moved near Wilma’s childhood home in Gaines. In their more than 30 years in Gaines Wilma and Marty devoted themselves to their new circle of friends and particularly to their growing group of grandchildren, to whom they provided unlimited love and attention. Their grandchildren visited often and loved nothing as much as spending time with and being spoiled by their grandparents. That these lucky grandchildren, now 33 to 44 years old, were able to spend their formative years and reached adulthood loving and being loved and supported by their wonderful grandparents has been a blessing treasured by all of them.
Funeral and burial arrangements are private. A memorial service is expected to be scheduled for a future date at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages gifts to a chosen charity.
Arrangements are entrusted to Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Wellsboro. To share a memory or condolence with her family visit www.tusseymosher.com.