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Richard Bruce Weltman, MD
WELTMAN, Richard Bruce Weltman, M.D., 60, of West Hartford, passed away Friday, July 27, 2007. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on May 21, 1947, the son of Clarence and Barbara (Abrams) Weltman. He received his B.A. in Chemistry after three years at Syracuse University in 1969, and went on to graduate from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1972. From there, Rick spent three years doing an internship and residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, before completing a fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts. Rick was an Attending Physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Hartford Hospital, and he practiced Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine for 31 years. He was a member of the Pulmonary/Critical Care division of the Connecticut Multispecialty Group and served as its Treasurer. He was a Clinical Instructor in Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Hartford Hospital. He was a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Medical Association, the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Hartford County Medical Association, the Connecticut Thoracic Society and the American Thoracic Society. He was an active member of the Congregation Beth Israel of West Hartford, serving on the Board of Directors for two terms. His love of helping people was surpassed only by his love for his family and his wife of 38 years, Pamela Sue Weltman (nee Goldman). He is survived by his beloved family: his son Bradley Weltman and his daughter-in-law Debra Weltman of Washington, DC; his daughter Jessica Weltman and her fiancé Samuel Borden of Jacksonville, FL; his mother Barbara Weltman of West Palm Beach, FL. He also leaves behind his adored sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Jeffrey Boxer, MD, of Peterborough, NH; his niece Elisha and her husband Michael Magnifico, of Merrimack, NH, and his nephew Matthew Boxer, of Chicago, IL. He was predeceased by his father, Clarence Weltman, of blessed memory. Rick lived his personal and professional life with an abundance of enthusiasm, passion and delight. He will be sorely missed by his patients, whom he treated with extraordinary care and devotion. He was loved and respected by his partners, and the feeling was mutual. He cherished every moment with his family and friends, capturing joy in his head, his heart, and his Nikon. He kvelled in the achievements of his children, offering wisdom, guidance and love at every turn. His wife, Pam, was the light of his life, and together they shared a perfect love. He had a unique combination of leadership and charisma, always offering an impeccable sense of perspective on any situation. With an insightful and inquisitive mind, he made time to teach and time to learn. He was a gifted photographer and talented handyman, who seemed to have the precious gift of being able to fix anything that came along. He was a loving husband and father, son and brother, and a devoted companion and friend. He was inspiring, exceptional and taken from us far too soon. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 2:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford. Interment will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Avon. The family will receive relatives and friends at their home Tuesday following the funeral through Thursday evening. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association, 1234 Sherman Avenue, Suite 203, Evanston, IL 60202-1375 (http://www.kidneycancer.org/) or to Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06119. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Dr. Weltman with his family, please visit online at www.weinsteinmortuary.com.

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