Dr. David J. Albert, of Orchard Park, a urologist in practice here for more than 25 years, died Tuesday in Autumn View Health Care Facility, Hamburg, from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.
Born in Poughkeepsie, he attended Cornell University on a Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, earned a bachelor’s degree in English, then served in the Navy as a lieutenant junior grade from 1954 to 1957.
Returning from service, he took pre-med courses at Columbia University, then earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He completed his surgical internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland and his urology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., then became an associate professor of urology at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Albert came to Buffalo in 1971 as chief of urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In 1973, he left that post to go into private practice with a group that became Main Urology Associates in Orchard Park. He was an attending urologist at all Catholic Health and Kaleida hospitals in the area and was president of the medical staff at Sisters Hospital in 1989. He retired in 1997.
He was a past president of the Buffalo Urological Association and the Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association. He also was a founding member and past president of the Western New York Stone Treatment Center. He published 46 scientific papers on urology.
An avid skier, he was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Kissing Bridge for 17 years and was honored as patroller of the year.
He also enjoyed golf and won trophies as a runner in sanctioned races.
A horn player in high school, he played tuba with the marching band at Cornell. A running companion invited him to join the Bergholz German Band, where he played the baritone horn.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, the former Linda E. Ott; a daughter, Deborah L. Letteney; two sons, Douglas G. and Daniel J.; a brother, Harold; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 in F. E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.