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A. Leonard Zimmerman, 88, Altoona, died Thursday. He was born in New York, NY, the son of the late Isadore Zimmerman and the late Sara Sherman.

Leonard married Bonnie Rubenstein on June 7, 1958.

Len is survived by his beloved wife; and his children: Joshua Zimmerman and his wife, Ellen, of Scotch Plains, NJ; and Ilissa Zimmerman and her husband, Scott Glass, of Duncansville; his sister, Arlene Schlesinger and her husband, Victor, of Memphis, Tennessee; five grandchildren: Ginger and Grant Glass, Alison, Kelly and Jeremy Zimmerman; and three nieces.

Dr. Zimmerman was a 1954 graduate of Bucknell University and a 1958 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He completed an internship at San Francisco General Hospital in 1959 and residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1962.

Len served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969.

He retained board certification as an ear, nose and throat specialist from 1963 until his retirement. Len remained a professional member of several medical societies, including the Blair County Medical Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Zimmerman was an active staff member of the Altoona Regional Health System in the Department of Specialty Surgery from June 1969 to July 2007 and held privileges at Bon Secours, formerly Mercy Hospital, Nason Hospital, and VA Medical Center in Altoona.

During his career, he served as Chief of Staff at Altoona Regional Health System. Dr. Zimmerman has worked on the Tumor Board and Medical Education programs. He served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2002 to 2006 and Chairman of Medical Staff at Altoona Hospital from November 1993 to November 1998.

After retirement, he volunteered with the UPMC Altoona Partnership for Health Services and provided care for veterans at Van Zandt VA Medical Center. His work continued weekly until 2013.

Len was a member of the Agudath Achim Synagogue and Temple Beth Israel, the Rotary Club of Altoona, the Jewish Federation, and an active committee member of the Jewish Film Festival.

He was an avid reader, a terrific gardener, an avid traveler, a sports enthusiast, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.

The family requests that contributions be made in Len’s memory to the Jewish Federation of Greater Altoona, 1308 17th Street, Altoona, PA 16601.

Arrangements are by E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona.

Condolences may be submitted at www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or on the Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.


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