PROVIDENCE – Dr. Marvin S. Kerzner, a lifelong Providence resident and an internist for 50 years, died December 5. He was the founder of the Summit Medical Center, Pavilion and Highland Court, a life care community.
He earned a B.S. from Boston University and an M.S. in Physical Chemistry from Tufts University. He worked at U.S. Steel as a chemist before attending medical school at the University of Bologna in Italy. In addition to his medical practice and pioneering senior living communities, he was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University and his medical practice was a clinical rotation site for the Physicians Assistants program at Northeastern University. He was the recipient of the Preceptorship Award from the Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals and Brown University for outstanding teacher in the field of internal medicine.
Born in Providence, R.I., he was the son of Etta (Labush) and Louis Kerzner. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Thelma S. Resnick, his daughters Irene, Debbie and Lisa and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Arnold and sisters Dorothy and Karen and was pre-deceased by his sister Arlene. He and his wife were lifelong runners and competed in marathons together and Marvin was an avid sailor.
Contributions may be made to the Dr. Marvin S. Kerzner Memorial Fund, Dr. Dorothy Kerzner Lipsky, 99 Battery Place, 26D, New York, N.Y. 10280.