Dr. Manfred Kanther, 69, A Psychiatrist

Posted: December 22, 1994

Dr. Manfred Kanther, 69, Moorestown psychiatrist and medical director of Drenk Mental Health Center in Mount Holly, died Tuesday at Cooper Hospital- University Medical Center in Camden.

A Moorestown resident since 1978, Dr. Kanther operated a private practice

from his home. He was a staff psychiatrist at Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in Mount Holly, and a psychiatric consultant for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Dr. Kanther was medical director for nearly a decade at the Drenk Center, a nonprofit community health center with a staff of nearly 100. The center opened in 1955 as the first community health center in Burlington County.

"He was a model for our staff," said Najla Kowalewski, the center's director of outpatient services. "He was so kind, compassionate and giving. He was a teacher, an excellent clinician, and for him, patients always came first."

Dr. Kanther will be particularly remembered for his commitment to emergency services at the center, Kowalewski said.

Mark Alvarado, Memorial Hospital's chief of psychiatry, said Dr. Kanther was very much a generalist who saw patients with all kinds of problems. "He worked very hard at Memorial Hospital . . . and had immeasurable patience," Alvarado said.

Dr. Kanther's work for the Pennsylvania Department of Heath in-

cluded doing reviews of the quality of patient care at Pennsylvania institutions, Alvarado said.

Before moving to Moorestown, Dr. Kanther lived in Philadelphia, where he did work under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He was an instructor there and was also affiliated with the former Philadelphia General Hospital.

Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Kanther was a graduate of Breslau University and the University of Munich Medical Society before moving to the United States in the 1950s.

After World War II, Dr. Kanther worked for the German government and provided evaluations of Jews who survived Nazi camps, necessary for them to receive payments from the government for their sufferings, said his wife, Margaret Richardson Kanther.

Dr. Kanther was a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the South Jersey Mental Health Association.

In addition to his wife, Dr. Kanther is survived by sons Manfred G. and Frank C. and daughter Susanna.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lewis Funeral Home, 78 E. Main St., Moorestown. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. tomorrow in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Chester Avenue, Moorestown.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Drenk Mental Health Center, Woodlane Road, Mount Holly, N.J., 08060.

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