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Alvin Volkman

June 10, 1926 April 11, 2018
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Dr. Alvin Volkman, 91, died peacefully at home Wednesday surrounded by family members.

Memorial services to be announced at a later date.

Born in Brooklyn, NY to Henry and Sarah Volkman, he attended Erasmus Hall High School. He received a B.S. degree from Union College in 1947, and an M.D. from the University of Buffalo in 1951. He served his residency at Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University), 1951-1954. He received a D.Phil at the University of Oxford, England, in 1963.

Dr. Volkman moved to Greenville in 1977 to help establish East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and was a professor in the Department of Pathology. In addition, he served as a medical examiner at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. From 1989-1995 he served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, where he took great pleasure in selecting the next generation of doctors and scientists. He earned the honor of professor emeritus upon his retirement.

His distinguished medical career included a research fellowship at Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Mass. He was an assistant professor of pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University,
1960-1966 and an associate member at the Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY, 1966-1977.

His most notable scientific work provided a fundamental understanding of a major aspect of how our immune system works by proving that monocytes (white blood cells) originate in the bone marrow.

Dr. Volkman was a veteran of the Korean War; a Lieutenant, serving as ship’s doctor for a destroyer group in the U.S. Naval Reserve, 1954-1956.

He had a passion for the arts, a love of the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman. The Outer Banks was a favorite retreat for him to connect with the ocean as well as his cherished friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerome, and his wives, Winifred Joan and Carol.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, six children, Karl Fredrick, Xiamen, China; Nicholas (Virginia), Sedona, Ariz.; Rebecca (Michael) Evans, Granville, Ohio; Gretchen (Jamie) Werrell, Rock Hill, SC; Deborah (David) Falls, Belfast, ME; Natalie, New York, NY; one stepson, Jeffrey (Sonya) Moore, Westfield, NJ; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Macular Degeneration Research at or 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

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Macular Degeneration Research

22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg, MD 20871

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