George M. Arnas, 81; was obstetrician

George M. Arnas
George M. Arnas
Posted: June 20, 2013

George M. Arnas, 81, a former obstetrician and gynecologist in Philadelphia and South Jersey, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, June 14, at Cadbury at Cherry Hill, a continuing care community.

Born in Weirton, W. Va., Dr. Arnas worked during high school and college summers in a steel mill there, where his father, Manolis, an immigrant from Greece, was a foreman.

Dr. Arnas graduated third in his class at Follansbee High School in 1949 and earned a premed bachelor's degree at West Virginia University, daughter Angelique Aeillo said.

"He went into medical school early and so the medical school counted his first year at medical school as his fourth year of college," his daughter said.

Dr. Arnas graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1956 and did his Ob/Gyn residency at Elizabeth Steele Magee Hospital in Pittsburgh from 1957 to 1960.

After working as an instructor at the University of Pittsburgh in 1960-61, he was a medical officer at what is now the Naval Health Clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.

From the 1960s into the early 1970s, his daughter said, Dr. Arnas was an associate professor at Thomas Jefferson University and on the medical staff at its hospital. From the 1970s into the 2000s, he was on the staff at the former West Jersey Hospital and, for a time, head of its Ob/Gyn department.

Dr. Arnas also was in private practice in Philadelphia and later in Cherry Hill, from which he retired in the late 2000s, his daughter said.

Dr. Arnas was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.

He was a member of the Camden County, West Jersey, and New Jersey medical societies.

Besides his daughter, Dr. Arnas is survived by a son, Michael; two sisters; and two grandchildren. His wife, Audrey, died in 2011.

A viewing was set from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Thomas, 615 Mercer St., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002, before an 11:30 a.m. funeral service there, with burial in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge.

Donations may be made to St. Thomas Church.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, or follow on Twitter @WNaedele.

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