ALEX MOLCHAN, M.D.
Molchan, Alexander, age 91, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2020. He is survived by his sister, Agnes Wisner, his four daughters: Susan (Tom) Whiteman, Kathleen Casey, Claire (Andrew) Bott and Janet Molchan, and by five grandchildren: Claire, Kate and Megan Whiteman and Donovan and Christopher Casey.
Alex was born in Gary, Indiana, where his father worked in a steel mill, and his beloved mother, Mary, raised him and his six siblings. During his high school years, Alex worked summers at the steel mill.
He had completed only three years at Indiana University when he was accepted to Marquette College of Medicine in Wisconsin. While at medical school he worked at the Pabst brewery to help pay the bills. He was the first person in his neighborhood to become a doctor. Alex did not come privilege. He grew up a faithful Catholic with boundless curiosity.
In 1954 he received a commission to serve in the Air Force as a Captain at Smoky Hill Air Force Base in Kansas. During his service he recalled flying to London in a B-47 bomber, relegated to sitting on the steps with his parachute. The medical experience gained while in the service included delivering 5 babies in one day!
From the Air Force, Alex set out to complete his residency training. He chose Kings' County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, because its large size offered a training ground that would provide exposure to many different kinds of cases. His choice was fortuitous for it was there that he met and married Janet Boye, his beloved wife of 59 years.
He had successfully practiced medicine in Brooklyn and then in Montclair, NJ for several years when he and Janet decided to move their young family to Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Dr. Molchan cared for patients with restless dedication. Applying the latest medical knowledge, from hours of reading JAMA and New England Journal of Medicine which were piled on the floor of his study, he would often meet patients at the ER or their home.
Dr. Molchan was a dedicated physician loved by his many patients and held in high esteem by his peers. He had a genuine interest in his patients as people with stories, not just medical problems to treat or solve. He will be remembered by family and friends as the man you wanted in your corner in a crisis and as a person of great intelligence, compassion and wit.
The family suggests memorial gifts to: Current Use Scholarship Fund
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