Dr. Max Schleimer
Max Schleimer, D.D.S., dentist, orthodontist, educator, World War II hero and fabulous human being, passed away at home with his family at his side February 3, 2010.
Max was born November 19, 1918 to abject poverty on the Lower East Side of New York City. His positive attitude toward life was brought to everything he had done; wonderful to so many people grateful to have known him.
Taking the Great Depression in stride, when called, he enlisted in the army. He was sent to Officer Candidate School and became an a 2nd Lieutenant. He was chosen for special force training for the amphibious attack on the Normandy coast, and was a survivor of Omaha Beach on D-Day. In 1944 he was given a battlefield promotion to 1st Lieutenant. He took part in 5 battle campaigns and received many medals (among them Silver and Bronze Stars). He was especially rewarded for his heroism at the Battle of the Bulge 1944-1945.
Coming home to the U.S. after the war he attended New York University (NYU), finishing his major in mathematics in 2 ½ years and awarded entrance into Phi Beta Kappa. He then enrolled in NYU Dental School, during which he served as class president, married his lifelong love Millie, and had the first of 2 children, Jane.
Immediately after dental school he moved to California where he established a practice. He became interested in orthodontics and was a preceptor with university trained American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) doctors. After two years he started his own orthodontic practice. He enjoyed wonderful growth, and offered Dr. Leon Pinsker, his closest friend who was a general practitioner (GP) in the area to join him. Dr. Schleimer practiced for near 40 years and with Dr. Pinsker co-founded the IAO in the early 1960s.
He was the kindest, most steadfast friend, fabulous father and all around great man. He is survived by his children, David and Jane, grandchildren, Amelia, Hannah, Sarah and Julia, and his youngest siblings, Seymour and Marcia. He will be missed more than a short obituary can convey.
This is written with great love by his greatest admirer and friend.
David Schleimer, D.M.D.