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Barry R. Halpern, 81, Urologist Who Was Also Skilled in Sports

July 15, 2010
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Barry R. Halpern

Barry Roy Halpern, 81, a physician who practiced urology in South Philadelphia for 40 years, died June 27. Born in Philadelphia, his parents moved to Atlantic City, N.J., soon after his birth.

Halpern attended Atlantic City High School, where he skipped two grades along the way. An outstanding swimmer, he worked as a lifeguard on the Margate beach and completed the "Around the Absecon Island" annual swim competition.

In 1946, Halpern received the New Jersey State Academic Scholarship and attended Rutgers University, where he was undefeated on the Rutgers swimming team. In 1949, he was accepted into Jefferson Medical College.

After graduation in 1954, he returned to the island to intern at the Atlantic City Hospital in urology.

Halpern met and married Arlene Rudney, his wife of 50 years, in 1960. They settled in Bala Cynwyd with their children.

As empty-nesters, the couple moved to Center City, where Arlene continues to reside. The Halperns divided their time between Philadelphia and Margate for decades.

Halpern served as chief of urology at St. Agnes Medical Center, where he was instrumental in founding the short procedure unit. He was also on staff at Hahnemann, Methodist and Graduate hospitals, and taught at his alma mater, Jefferson Medical College.

Halpern was a golf champion at White Manor Country Club and shot a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Bala Golf Club. He enjoyed traveling extensively in Europe and Asia.

Halpern fought Parkinson's disease for more than 20 years. One of his legacies is the Parkinson's golf tournament started by his family in honor of his love for golf, and commitment in finding the cause and cure for the disease.

He served in the Navy as a lieutenant from 1957-59.

In addition to his wife, Halpern is survived by daughter Adena Halpern; sons David Halpern and Michael Halpern; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be sent to: Jefferson Medical College, 1025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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