Obituary: Herbert Shessel

Obituary: Herbert Shessel

The OB-GYN and Texas native delivered the first baby at Northside Hospital.

Herbert Lawrence Shessel, 92, of Dallas, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Atlanta.

He passed away peacefully at home after a short illness. Herbert had the blessing of a sharp mind and an acute sense of humor to the very end.

He was an Eagle Scout who later attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Medical School. While in college, he met and married Madelyn Greenblatt Shessel, who predeceased him in 2010.

Later, Herbert moved to Atlanta, where he established one of the most successful OB-GYN practices in the city and delivered the first baby at Northside Hospital. He was beloved by patients and colleagues alike.  He enjoyed life and in his earlier days was a golfer, scuba diver and world traveler.

In 1985 he suffered an automobile accident that left him with a permanent limp and restricted his physical activities. He later turned his attention to bridge and was an accomplished player until the time of his death. He was a lifelong member of The Temple.

Herbert was predeceased by a daughter, Jan Shessel, and is survived by his children, Fred Shessel and Gaye van der Eerden, both of Atlanta, and his four grandchildren, Drew and Blake Shessel and Katie and Josh van der Eerden. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Sheila Hutchins Shessel, and a son-in-law, Henri van der Eerden.

Sign the online guestbook at In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to The Temple.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St., Midtown. Private interment will be at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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