Minneapolis dermatologist Dr. Milton Orkin, who was considered a world expert on skin infestations and scabies, died Friday of a brain tumor. He was 69.
For 38 years, he practiced dermatology in Robbinsdale and downtown Minneapolis, and also traveled around the world teaching physicians about skin care.
"In his clinic, he revealed the pure joy of recognizing the telltale signs of various skin afflictions. His tutelage was a strong inspiration. His teaching skills have touched just about every dermatologist worldwide," said Irving Katz, a clinical professor in the Dermatology Department at the University of Minnesota.
In 1995, Orkin was named Practitioner of the Year by the Dermatology Foundation.
Orkin, who was born in Danbury, Conn., received his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was certified by the American Board of Dermatology in 1960, and later helped write the exams for the board.
"I look at his life as one of great success at many levels," said a nephew, Jon Rappaport of Golden Valley. He said Orkin was like a second father to him and his siblings when their father died.
Orkin is survived by his wife, Etta Fay of St. Louis Park; a son, Bruce of Rockville, Md.; daughters, Catherine Orkin Oskow of Plymouth, and Aimee Orkin-Raymond of St. Louis Park; sister Florence Moss of Delray Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday at Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka.