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Obituary: Charles Reisberg

Former Deputy Commissioner of Health of the City of New York and long time resident of Massapequa, Charles Reisberg, died Sept. 4, 2011 of a massive heart attack. He was 87 years old.

He had worked for the department for 40 years, working his way through the ranks. He was the department’s expert on food safety and food poisoning investigations and was often called upon to give advice on radio and television on how best to prepare turkeys and other foods for the holidays in order to prevent food poisoning. Many of his articles on food safety were published in newspapers and professional journals both here and abroad.

He was a founder of the National Society of Public Sanitarians and served as its president for many years.

Mr. Reisberg’s interests were many. Traveling with family and friends to state and national parks, he visited 48 of the 50 states and later parts of Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. At home he enjoyed playing cards and earned the title Silver Life Master in Bridge. He was an avid reader and when he saw that the Town of Copiague needed a library he helped found one.

Most of all he was a good human being. Noted for his generosity, honesty, dependability, integrity and intelligence. He was respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Reisberg is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Louise; his son Dr. Paul Reisberg and daughter Deborah Kumar; their spouses, Rachel Reisberg and Vijay Kumar; and grandchildren, David and Kristyna Reisberg and Leela and Angelee Kumar.