by | Nov 21, 2016 | Obituaries

NEWPORT NEWS—Myron G. Eisenberg, Ph.D., was born in North Chicago, Ill. on May 21, 1944 and passed away suddenly on October 21, 2016.

He retired in 2007 as chief of the psychology service, and chief of the education and research service at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia. He had joint appointments at the associate professor level in the Eastern Virginia Medical School’s departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Norfolk.

He served as chairman of the education committee for the United Jewish Community Center of the Virginia Peninsula for 15 years. Additionally, he served as editor of Rehabilitation Psychology, a journal of the American Psychological Association, for 10 years.

He obtained his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and received postdoctoral training at the University of Toronto’s Clarke Institute. Dr. Eisenberg published extensively in the area of rehabilitation, held editorial board positions on several journals, and was a member of several national task forces charged with investigating various quality of life issues of importance to persons with chronic disabling conditions. In addition, he served as a grant reviewer for the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Research and Technology Foundation.

Dr. Eisenberg received recognition at the local, regional, and national levels acknowledging contributions he made to the rehabilitation of physically impaired persons. A past president and Fellow of the American Psychological Association’s division of Rehabilitation Psychology, he was actively involved in heightening the public’s awareness of the importance of rehabilitation through the promotion of research. In addition, he was interested in the development of standards that would establish a more effective and consistent basis for evaluating the performance of individual rehabilitation service providers.

Prior to moving to Hampton Roads, he spent 10 years working as a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Hospital on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit. He was preceded in death by his parents Dora Berman Eisenberg and David Eisenberg of North Chicago, Ill.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen, daughter, Toby, sister, Brenda Krit (Norman) of Deerfield, Ill., and brother, Theodore Eisenberg of Omar, Israel. A graveside service took place in The Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula. Donations to the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula (UJCVP) Preschool fund.