DEDHAM, MASS., AND NEWTON, MASS. - Dr. Eli Abraham Etscovitz, 90, entered into eternal rest July 10, 2013, in his home.
He was the beloved husband of the late Irma F. (Hoffman) Etscovitz, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage; devoted father of Larry Etscovitz of Kittery, Jacob A. Esher, esquire, of Beverly, Mass., and Diane Dolin and husband, Dr. Scott L. Dolin, of West Hartford, Conn.; loving brother of Rose Leah Kazis and husband, Dr. Albert Kazis, of Brookline, Mass., and Harry Etscovitz and wife, Marilyn, both deceased; loving brother-in-law to Arlene Hecht and late husband, Dr. Sanford D. Hecht, and Robert J. Hoffman, esquire, and wife, Phyllis; cherished grandfather of Benjamin Etscovitz and wife, Alexandra, Joel and Samantha Esher, and Rachel and Adam Dolin, and great-grandchild, Bella Etscovitz; loving uncle of several nieces and nephews.
Born April 18, 1923, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Eli spent his early years in Fort Kent, where he attended local schools, graduating 1941 as valedictorian of his high school class. Eli received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, class of 1945; graduated Tufts Medical School, Boston, 1948; and trained at Boston City Hospital in radiology, obtaining a certificate from The American Board of Radiology in 1950. He rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force
, 1951-1953, in Wiesbaden, Germany, as chief of radiology for the 495th Medical Group. He was chief of radiology at Carey Memorial Hospital, Caribou, 1956-1966, also serving a number of local hospitals in Maine and New Brunswick. Eli also taught Bar Mitzvahs during these years. Moving with his family to Massachusetts, Eli practiced at The New England Memorial Hospital, Stoneham, 1966-2003, where he became chief of radiology, also serving at Anna Jacques Hospital, Newburyport, and area hospitals in Lawrence and Amesbury. He was a member of Massachusetts Medical Society, American Medical Society, American Board of Radiology, Massachusetts Radiological Society and New England Roentgen Ray Society, and fellow of American College of Radiology. Eli also served as president of MA Radiological Society. A lifetime mason of Lodge No. 209, Fort Kent, Eli received his 50-year pin.
Services will be held noon Sunday, July 14, at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon St., Brookline, Mass. Interment will be after at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be held 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Newbridge on the Charles, Dedham, Mass., in the synagogue, and 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the chapel. Shiva will also be held 7-9:30 p.m. with a service 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the home of Dr. Scott L. and Diane Dolin. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Eli's memory may include Tufts University School of Medicine, Hospice of the Good Shepherd and Hebrew Senior Life.