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Daniel Nussbaum II, 81, of Brighton, NY formerly of St. Louis Park, MN passed away peacefully with family by his side on March 1, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Alice Nussbaum (nĂ©e Rosenthal), his children Yapha (Steve) Mason and Joe (Abby) Nussbaum, his adored grandchildren Eve and Leo, and the 472 far-flung family members he painstakingly tracked down and united over the years.
Dan devoted his life to taking care of people, from his beloved family to the countless children he helped in his over 40 years as a pediatrician, to the Jewish communities he was grateful to be part of.
He grew up in Irvington, NJ with his parents David and Bella Nussbaum (nĂ©e Teplitzky) and a multitude of aunts, uncles, and cousins. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he met Alice in Biology Lab. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and then served in the U.S. Air Force in Minot, ND. After his discharge, he moved to the Twin Cities where he was instrumental in the passage of the law requiring child safety seats in Minnesota. His thirst for knowledge led him to pursue a fellowship in the burgeoning field of Developmental Pediatrics, where he was among the first wave of doctors helping children with a variety of learning differences. He continued his medical career in Brockport, NY and New Bedford, MA before returning to Rochester to enjoy his retirement.
Dan delighted in the studies of names and linguistics. He collected the phrase â€śGive Me Fiveâ€ť in over 100 languages, which started as a way to connect with non-English speaking patients. He shared his love of esoteric information and Judaica with anyone who was interested (and also those who werenâ€™t). He took pride in being a Yekkey — always on time and organized.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, March 5 at 10 am in the main sanctuary at Temple Beth El (139 Winton Road South). A procession will follow to Stone Road Cemetery.
For those unable to attend in person, the service can be viewed at https://www.tberochester.org/live-stream/
The family will sit Shiva on Monday, March 6 – Wednesday, March 8 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm at Temple Beth El of Rochester.
In lieu of flowers or a donation, you can honor Danâ€™s memory by reaching out to a cousin or family member you have lost touch with.