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Norman Birnbaum

June 27, 2012
Morning Journal News

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Dr. Norman Birnbaum, 92, died in Boynton Beach, Florida on June 25, 2012.

Dr. Birnbaum was born in New York City on March 29, 1920, the son of Dora Safir Birnbaum and Harry Birnbaum.

He received his early education in New York City schools and attended New York University. Dr. Birnbaum was a 1944 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. While at Ohio State, he met his wife, Stella Cornrich, of East Liverpool. They were married on June 11, 1944 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

Immediately after dental school graduation, he was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army. In the waning days of World War II, Dr. Birnbaum served in the Philippine Islands, building dental clinics and providing care to the Philippine Scouts. After returning from the Pacific, Dr.Birnbaum continued on active duty at Ft. Bragg and Ft. Jackson through 1949. After briefly serving on the staff of the Chillicothe VA hospital, Dr. Birnbaum established his private practice in East Liverpool in March, 1950. He served generations of patients before retiring in 1994.

Dr. Birnbaum was active for many years on the East Liverpool City Hospital medical staff, serving on the medical executive committee from 1961 to 1994. During those years, he served as chairman of the credentials committee, treasurer of the medical staff, and was the first dentist to serve a term as medical staff president. He was an active member of Beth Shalom congregation, serving for decades on the board of trustees. Dr. Birnbaum and Dr. William Sulkes were instrumental in effecting the merger of B'nai Jacob Synagogue and Temple B'nai Israel into Beth Shalom Congregation.

Professional associations included Alpha Omega dental fraternity, the Corydon-Palmer Dental Society, the Ohio State Dental Association, and the American Dental Association, and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. He was a member of the East Liverpool Country Club and Rotary Club of East Liverpool.

Following retirement, the Birnbaums were snowbirds for a number of years before becoming full-time residents of The Grove in Boynton Beach, Florida in 2006. Dr. Birnbaum had life-long interests in travel and photography.

In addition to his wife Stella, Dr. Birnbaum is survived by his son Dr. Neal Birnbaum (Linda), granddaughters Jennifer Birnbaum and Lauren Birnbaum of San Francisco, and his daughter Nancy Greenspan (Phil) of Chicago. He also leaves his brother Dr. Wallace Birnbaum (Lucia) of Berkeley, California, a sister Elsa Polansky of Lake Worth, Florida and a brother-in-law Sidney Cornrich of Cleveland.

Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Saturday, where the family will be present from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A memorial service for Dr. Birnbaum will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home Saturday following the visitation. Following the service family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 458, East Liverpool, OH 43920 (, or to a charity of your choice.

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