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Alan Hinerfeld, 75, Longtime Dentist

August 10, 2011
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Alan Bernard Hinerfeld, a Northeast Philadelphia dentist for many years, died July 30 in Sacramento, Ca., following a two-decade battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia. He was 75 years old.

Born in Allentown, and raised in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Hinerfeld attended Central High School, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School.

After volunteering for service in Vietnam in 1965, he married Jane Mandel and started a pediatric dental practice in Northeast Philadelphia. He lived in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia for most of his adult life.

Hinerfeld had a life-long love of photography, collecting and restoring antique cameras and traveling the world to capture images of everyday people. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he returned to Vietnam several times, cameras in tow, to chronicle both the economic resurgence there and the effects of a half-century of war.

Near the end of his life, he moved to Sacramento.

Hinerfeld is survived by his second wife, Sheri Welles; daughter Laura Hinerfeld; son Benjamin Hinerfeld; sister Judy H. Stamps; two grandsons; close cousin Benjamin Levy; and many other family members and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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