Dr. Adolf Birnbaum, 84

Longtime dentist

November 29, 2006

Dr. Adolf Birnbaum, a retired dentist who was active in Shearith Israel Congregation, died of an aortic aneurysm Nov. 22 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 84.

Born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany, he came to Baltimore in 1940. He was a pre-med student at the University of Maryland where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1944.

He served in the Office of Strategic Services during the waning days of World War II.

"He was given U.S. citizenship because he had served with U.S. forces during the war," said his wife of 50 years, the former Esther Rivkin.

FOR THE RECORD - An obituary published in yesterday's editions for Dr. Adolf Birnbaum incorrectly ascribed to Shearith Israel Congregation his activities in heading a blood bank, helping to prepare the dead for burial and driving the elderly to physician appointments. The activities were related to his efforts with other Jewish organizations. The Sun regrets the error.

Dr. Birnbaum, a 1955 graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, practiced dentistry at his Park Heights Avenue office for 37 years before retiring in 1992. He also had worked in the dental clinic at Spring Grove State Hospital for many years.

For 50 years, Dr. Birnbaum was an active member of Shearith Israel Congregation, where he was chairman of the congregation's blood bank, helped prepare the dead for burial and drove the elderly to their physicians.

"He was a man with a wonderfully analytical mind," said Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer during services held Thanksgiving Day. "He was a role model of integrity, refinement and exceptional generosity."

Dr. Birnbaum enjoyed traveling and liked to attend concerts of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Opera Company productions.

Besides his wife, surviving are a son, Dr. Bernhard Birnbaum of Pikesville; a daughter, Judith B. Abbercock of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Herbert Birnbaum of Jerusalem; and 13 grandchildren.

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