Charles M Mansbach II , MD

by | Aug 28, 2015 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Charles M Mansbach II , MD, of Memphis, died surrounded by family on August 19, 2015. He was 77.

He was born in Norfolk Va. on August 21, 1937, to the late Marie and Harry Mansbach.

He graduated from the George School in Bucks County, Pa., and Yale University, Class of 1959. He received his M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1963. He did his internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. where he subsequently became a faculty member in the Gastroenterology Division of the Department of Internal Medicine. From 1968 to 1970 he was a Lt. Commander in the Navy stationed at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth. After his military service, he returned to Duke University where he took care of patients, taught in the medical school and conducted research. In 1986 he moved to Memphis to accept the position as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was professor of Medicine and Physiology with an appointment also at the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Center. He received numerous grants over the course of his career from the National Institutes of Health and from the Veterans Administration to support his investigations into the mechanisms of lipid absorption and transport. He was the author of many scientific papers and an editor for scientific journals and books. Despite his lengthy illness, he continued his research and writing up until the time of his death. He was known for his devotion to family and work and for his unquenchable optimism and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, May Lynn, and three sons and their families: Dr. Harry Mansbach III (Sarah) of Kentfield, Calif.; Samuel Ross Mansbach (Jodi) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Dr. Jonathan M. Mansbach (Rachel) of Newton, Mass.; and eight grandchildren. He is survived also by his brother, B. Thomas Mansbach of Washington, D.C. and a sister, Sally M. Herman (Stephen) of Bethesda, Md., and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Donations to Opera Memphis, Temple Israel, the Church Health Center, or a charity of the donor’s choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at