Milton Arthur Batoff, 98, of Long Beach Island NJ and Boca Raton FL died Saturday November 9.
Born in South Philadelphia, August 3, 1915, the youngest of 10 children of Sarah and Meyer Batoff, he graduated from Southern High School in 1933, Temple University in 1937 and Temple Medical School in 1942. He served 4 years in the Army and was awarded numerous military medals, including the Bronze Star Medal for distinguishing himself by heroism and outstanding achievement, as well as the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with bronze service star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, World War ll Victory medal, and American Campaign medal.
He was promoted to Chief of Neuropsychiatry Section as his primary duty in addition to his other medical duties as Ward Officer of Medical Services. Milton served on the hospital ship, Ernestine Koranda, named for Lieutenant Nurse Koranda who died in a plane crash before the end of the war, and one of a small number of service personnel to be honored in this way.
After four years of military service, Milton was discharged with the rank of Captain and returned to his home in West Philadelphia where he became a well-respected General Practitioner with his office at 57th and Catherine for 42 years.
He was beloved and admired by thousands of patients for his kind, gentle and attentive medical treatment, and his two dollar office visits and three dollar house calls, made at any time of day, including weekends.
According to a former patient, "Dr. Milton Batoff would come to our house when we were too sick and feverish to venture out and we lived right around the corner. We usually got a shot, meds – he GAVE them to us- no pharmacy except for cough syrup. He was the best!! Whatever happened to those times?"
He is survived by Inge, his loving wife of 63 years, and five children, Steven (wife Carol), Susan (husband Jeff), Elanna (husband Roger), Michael, and Diane (husband John) and 15 grandchildren.
Milton met his wife on a blind date arranged by a pharmaceutical sales rep who knew Inge from her job as a medical technician for another local physician. Six weeks after that blind date, which included stopping to make a house call, they were engaged. Six weeks later they married in Philadelphia on June 25, 1950.
Milton is also the uncle of William W. Batoff, who has been a political fundraising force in Philadelphia politics and he is the youngest brother of Louis Batoff, a lawyer with the former Philadelphia law firm Sundheim, Folz and Sundheim.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday November 17 at the Long Beach Island Jewish Community Center, 15 East 24th Street, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008