Londer, Dr. Harold We lost our beloved Harold on Wednesday, July 29. He passed away peacefully at the NC Little memorial hospice residence in Edina, MN. Harold, age 72, is survived by his wife of 33 years Jan Withers, children Jolie Stukel, Noah Londer (Pamela), grandchildren Evie and Maddox Stukel, Sadie and Bo Londer, and many loving life long friends, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice Londer and Sybil Corbert Londer and brother Gregory Londer. Harold was born and raised in North Minneapolis and attended North High until his family moved his senior year. He graduated from St. Louis Park Senior High school in 1965. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) and medical degree from the University of a MN. He moved to Bethesda, MD in 1975 to complete a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in medical oncology and hematology. He returned to MN in 1978 and began his 35 year career affiliated initially with Minneapolis Medical Specialists followed by joining with North Memorial Hospital to establish the Hubert H Humphrey Cancer Center in 1994. He served as their medical director until retirement in 2013. Harold was loved and respected by his colleagues, patients and coworkers in every department of the hospital and clinic. He was high energy and a great multitasker leaving everyone who worked with him exhausted at the end of the day. Harold was cofounder (along with the late Dr. Larry Garfin) of Or Emet: MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in 1988. Harold became ordained as a Madrikh (ritual leader) in 2007 and officiated at numerous lifecycle events and services until he transitioned to Madrikh Emeritus in 2018. Harold had an evident passion for his life's work as a physician and Or Emet leader but most of all he cherished being a husband, parent and grandparent. Harold was known for his keen intellect, reading several newspapers before his 7 AM conferences(!), quick wit and famous sense of humor. He was a wonderful writer and his poignant columns written as the co-editor of the Medical Staff newsletter at North Memorial Health had many laughing through their tears quite often. His compassion and commitment to patients, their families and his excellent team that worked with him over many years will be forever remembered. Special thanks to North Memorial hospice and the caring staff at NC Little residential hospice. A celebration of life service will be held via zoom on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 5 PM CDT. If you would like to attend, please email: HaroldLonderOrEmetMemorial@gmail.com. Donations welcomed to the Harold Londer Or Emet Memorial Fund, Pay it Forward Foundation or our local food shelf.
Published on August 2, 2020