Dr. John Richard Sachs of NYC dies at 78
Published: August 31, 2013 8:18 PM
By SCOTT EIDLER firstname.lastname@example.org
Most mornings as John Sachs left home for service at a Walter Reed center near Washington, D.C., his children would line up at the door and salute their father, a doctor who was drafted during the Vietnam War.
“He loved it,” son John Sachs Jr., of Manhattan, recalled. “I was very proud of him.”
A renowned blood researcher who worked for three decades at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Sachs died July 17 of complications from a fall. He was 78.
Sachs was born in Brooklyn on July 29, 1934, to a family of modest means, his son said. A big break was earning a spot at Regis High School in Manhattan. From there, he attended Manhattan College, graduating in 1956 with a bachelor’s of science, and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 1960.
“His work was his hobby,” Sachs said.
In addition to his son, Sachs is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Manhattan; daughters Carolyn Yuen, of Ridgefield, Conn., and Jennifer Loframento, of Forest Hills, Queens; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Sept. 29 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, family said.
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