Gerald B. Melman, Mount Holly dentist

Gerald B. Melman
Gerald B. Melman
Posted: October 28, 2013

Gerald B. Melman, 81, a Mount Holly dentist from 1959 to 1998, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 20, at his home there.

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Melman graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1949, earned a bachelor's in mathematics and in 1955 his dental degree, both from Temple University.

While working as an Air Force dentist in northeastern France, he met and married his wife, Josette.

In 1957, the Melmans returned to Philadelphia, where he worked in a dental clinic before beginning his Mount Holly practice in 1959 in a rented office on Main Street.

In 1962, he bought what would be his longtime home in Mount Holly and, from its basement office, ran his practice from 1963 until he retired in 1998.

At the suggestion of a patient, his wife said, he joined pickup basketball games at Mill Dam Park in Mount Holly and then tennis matches there and in Ocean City.

Dr. Melman established a Mount Holly branch of the Community Concert Association, which sponsored classical-music performances at what is now the Burlington County Institute of Technology on Woodlane Road.

And he founded the current weekly Tuesday evening bridge game at the Mount Holly Library.

Besides his wife, Dr. Melman is survived by son Philippe; daughters Natalie Alleger and Carole Melman; a sister; and three grandchildren. Another sister died in 1954.

A life celebration is to be announced later.

Donations may be made to Samaritan Health Care and Hospice, Suite 300, Five Eves Dr., Marlton, N.J., 08053.

Condolences may be offered to the family at mounthollybridge@verizon.net


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