Dr. Murray Halpern

by | Dec 5, 2014 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach —Dr. Murray Halpern, (Miechel ben Zvi Hersh v’ Chana), passed away on Monday, Nov. 17 knowing that he was greatly loved by his family.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Rose Charass Halpern, his parents Anna and Harry Halpern, and his sister Sylvia Strompf.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Zena Halpern Herod and Eilene Halpern Rosenblum and his son-in-law Jordan Rosenblum. He is also survived by his grandchildren Dr. Scott and Ellen Rosenblum, Ruthmarie and Adam Behlman, and Pamela and Mark Ograbisz, along with eight loving great-grandchildren Andrew, Julia and Jack Rosenblum, Cole, Logan and Mackenzie Behlman, and Hannah and Madelyn Rose Ograbisz, as well as his sister Zelda Brand.

Born March 7, 1916, Murray grew up in Manhattan, N. Y., attended Stuyvesant High School, and graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1936 with a BS in Engineering.

He fell in love with and married his sister Sylvia’s best friend, Rose Charass. Serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII , he was sent to Radar School in Monterey, Calif. and was then assigned to the Naval Research Laboratory in Anacosta, Md.

Following the war, he attended the Chiropractic Institute of New York. He graduated as a member of Delta Chi Honor Society and was a recipient of the distinguished Milton Kronovet Histology Award. Moving his family out of New York, he practiced in Hewlett, Long Island. He was a founding member of The Bell Park Jewish Center, chairman of its education committee, and active in the Men’s Club. In 1976, Rose and Murray migrated to Florida and then came to Virginia in 2006 to be close to their children and grandchildren. Throughout his life, Murray Halpern’s fultime hobby was his devotion to his family.

A funeral service officiated by Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz and Cantor Elihu Flax was held at Altmeyer Funeral Homes Chapel, followed by burial at Forrest Lawn Cemetery. Donations may be sent to Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, Temple Beth El or a charity of one’s choice.