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Private services for Dr. Alvin Tabankin, a Buffalo ophthalmologist for nearly 50 years, will be held next month in Livingston, N.J.

Tabankin, 82, died Jan. 29, 2001, in Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Born in Livingston, he graduated in 1939 from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated cum laude from Washington University Medical School in 1943.

A captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, Tabankin earned a combat medal in Italy.

After serving his residency in ophthalmology at Washington University from 1947 to 1950, he came to Buffalo to practice with the late Dr. Meyer H. Riwchun. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1951.

Tabankin practiced in the city for 48 years -- first at Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street and later at 191 North St. -- before retiring in 1998.

He was a member of the Buffalo Ophthalmologic Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, New York State Medical Society, Erie County Medical Society, New York State Ophthalmologic Society and Maimonides Medical Society.

Tabankin also was an attending ophthalmologist at Buffalo General and Children's hospitals and a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University at Buffalo Medical School.

His wife, Miriam, died in 1999.

Surviving are a sister, Estelle Finkel of Delray Beach, Fla., and two brothers, Leon of Ocala, Fla., and Harry of Livingston.


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