Gilbert Mord Neuburger
Freeland, Luzerne County

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1880 - September 27, 1918

     Gilbert Neuburger was born in White Haven in 1880, the son of Joseph and Hannah Neuburger, who had emigrated to the United States from Germany.  He came to Bloomsburg and graduated from the Bloomsburg State Normal School College Preparatory Program on June 27, 1900.  Gilbert later earned a medical degree and first practiced medicine in Philadelphia, where he served on the staff of the Jewish Hospital and in 1906 was promoted to senior house surgeon.  Dr. Neuburger then moved to Wilkes-Barre, where he was a physician and radiologist at Mercy Hospital.  In 1912 he came back to Philadelphia, and became an authority on the use of x-rays and the benefits of electricity for treating various diseases.  When war was declared he gave up his practice and was commissioned as a Senior Lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy.  Dr. Neuburger was stationed at the League Island Navy Yard base hospital, but became ill on September 20, 1918  first with Spanish influenza and then pneumonia,  and died at the hospital one week later on September 27 at the age of 38.

     The funeral was held three days later, and Gilbert Neuburger was buried in Mt. Sinai Cemetery in Philadelphia with full naval honors.  He was survived by his wife Corinne, one child, two brothers and three sisters.  This was a very difficult time for the family as another brother and sister had also died during the previous year.  Gilbert was called a genial, whole-souled young man, who was faithful to his profession and his life work.  A caring physician who could have helped save many more lives during his lifetime had had his career tragically cut short.

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