Harold A. Kaminetzky, MD

Harold A. Kaminetzky, MD

Harold A. Kaminetzky, MD (November 7, 2014)

Dr. Harold A. Kaminetzky of Scotch Plains, NJ passed away on November 7, 2014 at the age of 91. He was born on September 6, 1923 in Chicago, IL.

Harold served in WWII as a hospital corpsman in the Navy and was in Okinawa at the end of the war. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1950, completed residency at the Research and Education Hospitals of the University of Illinois in 1954. He was in private practice from 1954-1958 and then became a faculty member serving as Professor at the University of Illinois. In 1968 he joined the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School 74 as Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, later serving as Acting Dean and Dean from 1972-1974.

Harold’s research interests included experimental carcinogenesis of the cervix and in nutritional requirements during pregnancy. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Gynecological Society, the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the National Research Council.

Harold had a long standing service with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as Secretary, Commissioner of Education, Vice President, and then President. He was instrumental in moving the ACOG Headquarters from Chicago to Washington DC. He was also an active member of ACOG District III’s Advisory Council.

Harold became full-time staff at ACOG from 1985– 1994, serving as Vice President of the Division of Practice Activities. He encouraged Fellows to become knowledgeable about how national and state Government impacts women’s health care, and he encouraged them to become activist proponents for patients, and the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. Harold helped to grow the Government Affairs department and the Ob-GynPAC. Even in retirement, he continued participating as a member of the Ob-GynPAC Governing Committee, urging Fellows to participate as PAC contributors in order to support and protect patients and the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology. In honor of his dedication to this work, Harold was presented with the ACOG Lifetime Advocacy Award in 2012—the only recipient to date to receive this award.

His lifetime of contributions to the specialty were also internationally recognized. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics and as a member of the FIGO Executive Board. In 2008, the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award was established to recognize the best article from a non-U.S. researcher each year. The recipient of the award receives $2,000.

Dr. Harold Kaminetzky is survived by his wife, Beverlee, 2 children and 4 grandchildren, including sons Keith (Judy) and Eric (Cathy), and grandchildren Leah and Alex from Bridgewater, NJ and Jake and Sam from Seattle, WA.

We will remember fondly Harold’s dedication, guidance, and wonderful sense of humor and wit. He had a kind word for everyone he worked with and graciously shared his wisdom with anyone who asked. He was a gentleman’s gentleman, a scholar’s scholar, and an outstanding leader, mentor, colleague and friend.

– Submitted by Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, FACOG

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