MOUNT DESERT – David Reiber died March 19, 2011. The son of August Hugo and Edith Blashke Reiber, he was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Bloomfield, N.J.
He attended Brookdale Elementary and Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, N.J. From 1937 to 1941 he attended Tusculum College, Greenville, Tenn., graduating in pre-medicine in 31/2 years and as an honor student. He was briefly employed by New Jersey Esso printing credit cards. A call from the dean of Temple University Medical School invited him to enroll. At the end of his first year at Temple University, in 1942, the country was at war and student deferments ended. David became second lieutenant in the Army Medical Administration Corps and was deferred from active duty for medical training. Thus began his many-year devotion to medical service in the Army. In 1943 he married Shirley Jane Marsh. Their daughters, Marcia Lynn and Susan Gail were born in 1947 and 1950. Financing medical school was a struggle. He worked in the hospital kitchen for "meals and a pittance," and also worked for Reading Railroad after hours loading baggage cars. After graduation in 1944, he became a resident in medicine at Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia. When he joined Army Company B Unit, he received pay and allowance for rent and food, which meant he could give up his extra jobs to study, and was able to graduate with honors. After an internship at Germantown Hospital, he opened his own practice in internal medicine in Germantown, Pa., continuing until he retired at 65. During this time he was active in First Presbyterian Church, Germantown, Pa., serving on the board of trustees and as an elder. He continued his Army service in the National Guard of Pennsylvania, where he served for 39 years, rising through the ranks to full colonel. He received the Governor’s Commendation for his leadership as surgeon general during the riots and floods of the 1960s and 1970s in Pennsylvania. Upon retirement from the National Guard, he was awarded the rank of brigadier general in Pennsylvania. He moved to his beloved vacation spot in West Tremont, in 1983, serving Southwest Harbor Medical Clinic. His first wife, Shirley, died in 1978. In 1985 he married Gail Hysom Meier and moved to Somesville. For the next 26 years he devoted himself to the work of his church – Somesville Union Meeting House, statewide UCC volunteer work, working with medical outreach teams to migrant workers in Maine and at Ellsworth Free Clinic. He traveled to the Dominican Republic on several medical mission trips and served on the board of Colegio Moriah – the school established for impoverished Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. He had a deep appreciation of music, attending Bach Festival of Music in Bethlehem, Pa., for many years, and sang with Acadia Choral Society and Acadia Summer Chorale. An avid reader and lifelong learner, he studied at War College, Washington, D.C.; Bangor Theological Seminary; and was active in Acadia Senior College.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Reiber of Somesville; daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and David Trudgen of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters, Susan McGinnis of Glasgow, Scotland, and Linda Gould of Pretty Marsh; his sister, Lois Ferguson of Lake Charles, La.; and his brother and sister-in-law, William and Barbara Reiber of Woodstown, N.J. He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirley; and his sister, Ruth Fisher.
The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Somesville Union Meeting House, with a reception after in the parish house. Internment will be held at a later date. In David’s memory, contributions may be made to Somesville Union Meeting House Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 96, Mount Desert, ME 04660, Ellsworth Free Clinic, 248 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or Friends of Colegio Moriah, attention: Bradley Bean, treasurer, 13 Alfred St., Houlton, ME 04730. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at