Chapel Hill: Obituaries

Dr. Jerome S Beloff, MD

Dr. Jerome S Beloff, MD died September 13, 2014 at the Health Center of the Carol Woods Retirement Community in Chapel Hill, NC. He was born April 18th, 1917 and was a well-known and beloved pediatrician in both Meriden and Wallingford, CT. His generous spirit made him available at all times for any accident he happened upon, emergencies or house calls. He attended public school in Meriden and was valedictorian of his high school class. He graduated from Amherst College, magna cum laude, where he was captain of both the tennis and ski teams, and he received his MD degree from Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons.

Following service in the Army, and postgraduate residencies at Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he returned to Meriden and established his practice. He was chief of Pediatrics at Meriden Hospital and one of the original organizers of The Child Guidance Clinic, where he was chairman of the board for many years and which continues to offer mental health services to children in the community today. He left private practice in 1965 to join Yale Medical School as a tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health. At Yale, he helped develop a team model for addressing family health care and co-authored several articles entitled “Yale Studies in Family Healthcare” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He later moved to Key Biscayne, Florida to join the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In 1983, he retired from that position to become Medical Director of AV-MED, a large HMO, which was in its early stages of formation. During this time he continued to serve as an intermittent consultant / surveyor, accrediting hospitals and HMOs around the country for the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations,.

He loved music, playing the saxophone, and created a jazz band in high school and in college. At age 42, he picked up the cello and organized the Doctors Quartet in Meriden. He continued as a cellist into his 60s. He was an avid outdoorsman, skiing until the age of 80 and an enthusiastic tennis player until the age of 91. He remained physically and mentally active well into his 90’s for which his family was most grateful. His final years were spent happily at Carol Woods, a dynamic retirement community where his wife still lives.

He is survived by an extensive loving family including a wife of 47 years, Rosalie Beloff of Chapel Hill, NC, three daughters, two step-children, sixteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, their wives and children.

The family will be celebrating his life privately but would treasure any remembrances you care to share via email at sandywilbur@yahoo.com or beth@bethbeloff.com.

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