Abraham S. Buchberg, M.D., 82, died on May 25 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., after a long battle with renal disease. He and his wife, Vera, lived in Ardsley, N.Y., before retiring to Waterside Retirement Estates in Sarasota in 1998. They were longtime summer visitors to the Vineyard, spending vacations with Hannah and Moses Malkin at their home on Lighthouse Road in Gay Head. Vera Buchberg is Hannah's sister and the two families have always been close. Dr. and Mrs. Buchberg had owned property on Lighthouse Road for a number of years, contemplating building a house, but because of the complications of his health, the Malkin home became the family's summer residence.
Dr. Buchberg enjoyed the Vineyard and had many friends here. Over the past several summers, he was well cared for by the dialysis unit at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital and The Lift service of the Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority.
Dr. Buchberg, known as Abe, was graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps in Japan after World War II. He was a dedicated senior attending physician and teacher in the division of pulmonary medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York for more than five decades. He served as medical director of the division from 1965 to 1972. He was one of a select group of clinical professors of medicine at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During his half-century at Montefiore, he shared his gifts of teaching and caring for patients with countless medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians. He was known for his clinical acumen, deep wisdom, courtesy, compassion and generosity.
Dr. Buchberg was a lover of travel, good books, music and particularly Italian opera. He and Vera had been patrons of the Metropolitan Opera Company and enjoyed the performances of the Sarasota Opera Company as well as the summer concerts of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Karl Buchberg of New York city; his daughter, Dr. Lisa Buchberg, and her husband, Dr. Ralph Kaywin, of Berkeley, Calif., and their daughters, Emma and Nora; his twin sister, Irene Siegel of Boca Raton, Fla., and his sister in law and brother in law, Hannah and Moses Malkin.
A memorial service was held at Waterside Retirement Estates on May 29 with Rabbi Barbara Aiello of Temple Beth El of Bradenton, Fla., officiating. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Lift, P.O. Box 5099, Edgartown, MA 02539.