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Charles A. Laubach Jr, M.D.


March 17, 2014


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. 

He 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. 

His 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.  

His 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 

Dr. 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 Society.  

Dr. 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.  

Dr. 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.  

He 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.   

An extensive part of his life included music.  He loved to sing and enjoyed playing the coronet, piano and the organ. 

No 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.

 He was a gentleman who will always be remembered by his warm, friendly smile and will be greatly missed by many.   

His 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, PA 17821.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 W. Mahoning Street, Danville, PA.  www.visneski.com


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