Charles A. Laubach Jr., M.D., 95, of 217 Abbey Road, Danville, PA passed
away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He
was born February 19, 1919 in Berwick, PA the son of the late Charles A.,
Sr. and Martha Diehl Laubach.
graduated from Berwick High School in 1937 and from Penn State University in
1940 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Dr. Laubach graduated from Temple
University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1943. He served his
country as a Captain in the United States Army.
medical career began with his internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in
Philadelphia, PA and his residency at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
in General Internal Medicine and Pathology. He also served a residency in
Pulmonary Disease and Physiology in Sante Fe, NM. Dr. Laubach was a Fellow
in Cardiovascular Disease at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.
monumental career at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville began in 1950. He
is well noted as the founder of the Cardiology Department, the development
of the Cardiac Cath Lab, and the Cardiac Rehab Program. Dr. Laubach was
also a consultant in Cardiology in many of the surrounding areas in
Pennsylvania. Following his clinical practice he went to the Geisinger
Health Plan for nine years as Assistant Medical Director
Laubachís memberships in professional societies were numerous in Cardiology
and Gerontology which included the American Medical Association,
Pennsylvania Medical Society and president of the Montour County Medical
Laubachís distinguished honors over the years are numerous; the most recent
being awarded the Berwick High School Hall of Fame, the Geisinger Wall of
Fame, and the American Red Cross Robert N. Pursel Community Service Award.
In addition, he received the American College of Cardiology, PA Chapter
Founderís Award and the American College of Physicians Fellow Laureate
Award. He also was the author of 112 professional publications, six
scientific exhibits and numerous research projects.
Laubach was a devout member of St. Paulís Emmanuel United Methodist Church
in Danville where he served faithfully on the Administration Board, Pastoral
Relations Committee. He especially enjoyed teaching Sunday school and
singing in the church choir. His memberships were multiple in the
community, some of which included the Danville Area School Board from
1958-1970, the Boy Scouts, Frosty Valley Country Club, Susquehanna Valley
Chorale Association, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Association, Montour County
Historical Society, Columbia-Montour Home Health Services where he was the
Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee, the Columbia-Montour Torch
Club, and he served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross.
continued his involvement with his Alma Mater and served as a board member
in the Penn State College of Liberal Arts and was an enthusiastic and avid
PSU football fan.
extensive part of his life included music. He loved to sing and enjoyed
playing the coronet, piano and the organ.
matter what walk of life you were in, Dr. Laubach always displayed respect
and gratefulness to whomever he came into contact through his genuine
concern and kindness.
was a gentleman who will always be remembered by his warm, friendly smile
and will be greatly missed by many.
greatest devotion was to his family who he adored. He was married to his
wife of 58 years, Janet Brown Laubach on December 26, 1943. She preceded
him in death on March 1, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Beverly J.
Seidel Laubach who he married September 13, 2003. Also surviving are his
two sons; Drew Laubach and his wife Nancy of Northumberland, PA and Brian
Laubach and his wife Lorraine of Berwick, PA and one daughter, Holly Laubach
of Danville, PA. He is also survived by his three grandchildren; Matthew,
Melissa and Forrest and four great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Paul's Emmanuel United Methodist
Church with Pastor Greg Molter and Pastor Susan Rogutski officiating.
Burial will be private in Odd Fellows Cemetery Danville, PA. The family
will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paulís
Emmanuel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 305 Pine Street, Danville,
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W.
Mahoning Street, Danville, PA. www.visneski.com