Carroll Weinberg, psychiatrist and human-rights expert
Carroll A. Weinberg, 87, a Wynnewood psychiatrist and human-rights expert, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, of cancer. Trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Weinberg spent the bulk of his career in psychiatry, working with children and adults, and teaching at Drexel University's College of Medicine. Locally, he practiced at the Philadelphia General Hospital and at Hahnemann University Hospital.
Carroll A. Weinberg, 87, a Wynnewood psychiatrist and human-rights expert, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, of cancer.
Trained as a pediatrician, Dr. Weinberg spent the bulk of his career in psychiatry, working with children and adults, and teaching at Drexel University's College of Medicine. Locally, he practiced at the Philadelphia General Hospital and at Hahnemann University Hospital.
Professionally, he explored the psychology of suicide terrorism, torture, and ethnic conflict; personally, he was deeply interested in civic affairs and the arts.
Dr. Weinberg grew up in Blackstone, Va., and had ancestors who fought on both sides of the Civil War. He earned a bachelor's degree from Duke University and master's and medical degrees from the University of Virginia.
He served in the Army Reserve. In the 1960s, the unit he formed and commanded, focused on handling battlefront psychiatric issues, was among the first called up for the Cuban missile crisis, his family said.
For years, Dr. Weinberg balanced a private practice in Wynnewood, work as a psychiatrist with the Marple Newtown School District, teaching, and other intellectual pursuits with a rich civic life.
He served on many boards, including that of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University, the local unit of the American Council on Germany, the Jewish-Catholic Institute at St. Joseph's University, and the board of trustees of the Main Line Reform Temple.
As a board member of the American Jewish Committee, he was among seven Americans invited by the German government to meet with leaders of NATO, the European Union, and Germany.
Dr. Weinberg was also a scholar with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a Philadelphia-based think tank, and a number of other human-rights and foreign policy organizations.
Until the end of his life, Dr. Weinberg remained active in humanitarian causes. In 2014, he was named a "Hero of Ukraine" for his work securing medical care for those injured in protests and fighting there - Dr. Weinberg joked that he may have been the first Jew ever to receive such a distinction.
Dr. Weinberg was also deeply interested in the arts. He was a sculptor and a tennis player, and a skier who delighted in teaching his children and grandchildren to ski. He enjoyed films and literature, and published and presented papers at conferences around the world on subjects ranging from the Jewish diaspora in the American South to a psychiatric view of Saddam Hussein.
He practiced medicine - and attended weekly grand rounds at Lankenau Hospital - until earlier this year, when he became too ill to continue, said his wife, Charlotte Cohen Weinberg, to whom he was married for 62 years.
"We shared everything," Charlotte Weinberg said. "People used to tease us, because we shared everything."
Dr. Weinberg relished the life of a family man, his wife said. He cherished his children and four grandsons, whom he addressed shortly before his death.
"He told them, 'You can do whatever you want to in life, but just make sure you love it as much as I love medicine,' " his wife said.
In addition to his wife and grandchildren, survivors include sons Warren and Douglas, daughter Gwynne Weinberg, and a brother.
A memorial service will be held at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10