08/09/07 - NNHS Newsletter 
- Cyril Mirmelstein

Cyril R. Mirmelstein
(d. 7 Aug 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1934

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Sad news has come to us once again.  Beloved Newport News dentist, Dr. Cyril R. Mirmelstein, has passed away in Williamsburg at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 08/09/07:    

          Dr. Cyril R. Mirmelstein

  WILLIAMSBURG - Dr. Cyril R. Mirmelstein, a lifelong resident of Hampton Roads, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007, at his home in Williamsburg. He was 91. Dr. Mirmelstein, a 1934 graduate of Newport News High School, received his undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary in 1938, and earned his Dental degree from the Medical College of Virginia with honors in 1942. He served on the faculty for a short time before entering the military service during World War II; he then began his private practice in Newport News in 1948, caring for his patients faithfully and compassionately for over 48 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Mirmelstein held various offices in the Virginia Dental Association, was a fellow of the Virginia State Dental Association, the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry, and was appointed by the late Governor John Dalton to the Virginia Board of Dentistry, where he served as President. In addition, he was a board member of the Peninsula United Fund, Rodef Sholom Temple, Jewish Federation of the Virginia Peninsula, Jewish Community Center and Boy Scout Troop #5. He was also a volunteer at the Williamsburg Hospice House after his retirement in 1990. In 1998, the Medical College of Virginia honored Dr. Mirmelstein as the outstanding alumnus of the year, and in 2006, he was in the inaugural class of alumni to receive the School of Dentistry Medallion. This award, the school's highest honor is presented to individuals who, through their lives and work, have advanced its mission and vision. Always interested in the ethics and professionalism of his beloved career, and hoping to expose dental students to the importance of such values, Dr. Mirmelstein established the Cyril R. Mirmelstein Lectureship in Dental Ethics at MCV in 1989. This lectureship has become a permanent, integral and important part of the School's curriculum and a model for other lectureships throughout the country. The same extraordinary eye for detail and manual dexterity that marked his dental career, served Dr. Mirmelstein in his retirement years as well. He was a gifted stained glass artist and woodworker and his prolific creations grace the homes and offices of many of his friends and loved ones. Always a student of the world, he enjoyed keeping up with his profession, traveling, playing golf and volunteering in his community, making new friends along the way. He was a kind, thoughtful and joyful man-the patriarch of his family-and a mentor to many. His wit and strength of spirit are an inspiration to all who knew and loved him, and he will be greatly missed. Dr. Mirmelstein was preceded in death by his children, Betty Joann and Robert Mirmelstein; his parents, Dora and Isaac Mirmelstein; his sister, Florence; and brothers, Ellis and Dr. Sam Mirmelstein and his wife, Grace. Dr. Mirmelstein leaves to mourn, his beloved wife of 64 years, Evelyn Flax Mirmelstein; his devoted children, John (Beth) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Jean Ann Wensell (Edward) of New Creek, W.Va.; his cherished grandchildren, Ian Mirmelstein (Jenny) of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Lyndsey Mirmelstein of Chicago, Ill.; his treasured great-grandsons, Casey and Owen Mirmelstein of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Dr. Herman Flax (Melanie) of Rockville, Md., and Joseph Flax (Beverly) of Alexandria; one niece, Sandra Levy (Marshall) of Rockville, Md.; nephews, Jalmar Flax of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Edward Mirmelstein (Judy) of Newport News, Dr. Marshall Flax (Debra) of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Dr. Ira Flax (Phyllis) of Houston, Texas; and eight great-nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many kind doctors, nurses and caregivers as well as Personal Touch Homecare & Hospice, for their generous and loving care to Dr. Mirmelstein. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in Rosenbaum Memorial Cemetery, officiated by Rabbi Scott A. Gurdin. The family will receive friends following the service at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VCU School of Dentistry, Mirmelstein Ethics Endowment, 520 N. 12th Street, Suite 425, P.O. Box 980566, Richmond, VA 23298, or a charity of choice. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 8/9/2007.
Guest Book

Dr. Mirmelstein was one of my first dentists I went to as a child growing up in Newport News. I am very sorry for your loss.
Valarie Adelman Blaes (Richmond, VA) - August 9, 2007
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of Dr. Mirmelstein. He was my first and BEST dentist in Newport News and when we moved he was sorely missed. I remember walking to his office in Stuart Gardens and how it felt to sit in the waiting room. I never had a cavity under his care! He always made me feel important and our family loved him. I also loved the candy suckers! With admiration and sadness,
Paula Sturtevant Comstock (Houston, TX) - August 9, 2007
My first "boss", years of learning from him! He was a wonderful person and will be missed, my condolences to his family.
Myra (Wilkins) Golden (Wolf Creek, MT) - August 9, 2007
Dr. Mirmelstein was my first dentist. He was so good with us as kids and he always made you feel safe. I missed him when he retired and the world will miss him now that he has passed. I know he touched many lives and will be remembered forever. God Bless him and his family. He was a great man!
Carolyn Blanchard (Smithfield, VA) - August 10, 2007
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Dr. Mirmelstein and I trained together as Hospice volunteers. While men who volunteer for Hospice are few, they are typically uniquely empathic, and that was certainly the case with "C.R.". I later joined the Hospice staff and had the opportunity to introduce him to patients and families who were the fortunate recipients of his conscientious care and gentle wit. His was a life well-lived and C.R. will be greatly missed by many. My condolences to Evelyn and the rest of the family.
Chris Faia (Williamsburg, VA) - August 12, 2007


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Mirmelstein family and their friends at this time.

    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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