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Dr Bohdan Cymbala

May 2, 1923 — January 4, 2013

Visitation: Tuesday 4 to 7 PM

Services: Wednesday 12:30 PM

Dr. Bohdan Cymbala, 89 of Newburgh, formerly of Henderson, KY and Sarasota, FL. Died Friday at Hamilton Pointe. A Ukrainian born May 2, 1923, in Lvov, Poland and sole survivor of parents Anna and Michael Cymbala, six brothers and two sisters. Pathologist and Director of Laboratories for 35 years at Methodist Hospital, Henderson, KY, Memorial Hospital, Jasper, IN and St. Joseph's Hospital in Huntingburg, IN. where he was also on the Board of Directors. His first 4 years in the Tri-State were at St. Mary's Hospital. During his years in Henderson he served as President of the Henderson County Medical Society, as well as numerous hospital committees. Fellow of American College of Pathologists, Member of American Society of Clinical Pathology, American College of Nuclear Physicians, and numerous medical organizations. Pre-Med studies in war-torn Lvov, where he was caught up in World War II. While still a medical student he worked in a German hospital treating war casualties (some brain surgeries). Assisted in surgery, writing histories for German doctors in six languages. German physicians did not know languages. Germany defeated in 1945 and he was elected leader of thousands of foreign workers in Erfurt, Germany in a post-war camp. Was by choice that he led a group to Belgium in 1945 and worked in steel mill while studying, then received full scholarship for medical school. He was fluent in six languages. He received his M.D. degree in 1949 from University of Liege, Belgium and spent three more years as Associate Professor of Bacteriology at University of Louvain, Belgium. 1951 published paper "Antibiotic Resistance of Microbacteria" in Journal of Pathology. In 1952 he presented a paper at Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels "Symbiosis of Corynobacteria and Microbacteria". Internship in U.S. completed at Barnart Memorial Hospital in Patterson, NJ. Completed his residency in Pathology, mostly neuropathology, 1954-55 at Colorado State Hospital In Pueblo, CO and three years as Lieutenant Commander in US Navy 1955-1958 at the US Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA. Dr. Cymbala previously held a private pilot's license and enjoyed many hobbies ...musically inclined ...guitar, mandolin, organ. Enjoyed photography and was a student of history and art. Retired in 1997 to second home in Sarasota, FL and returned to the Tri¬- State in 2005. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Pat (formerly Becker), two sons, Daniel of Nashville, TN, and Zenon of Naperville, IL and one granddaughter, Cara, of Naperville, and nieces and nephews. He was of the Catholic faith. Family wishes to thank the kind and caring staff at Hamilton Pointe, Asera Care, and Deaconess Hospital Hospice, as well as all the doctors and nurses who cared for him during his illness. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Titzer Family Funeral Homes ~ Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St. Newburgh, IN with Rev. Fr. Ted Tempel officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to time of service at the funeral home. Contributions to Henderson Regional Hospital Foundation. Sympathy wishes may be made at
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