A. Leonard Zimmerman, M.D.

07/13/1933 - 01/13/2022


Obituary For A. Leonard Zimmerman, M.D.

A. Leonard Zimmerman, M.D. July 13, 1933-January 13, 2022

A. Leonard Zimmerman, 88, Altoona, passed away Thursday. He was born in New York, NY the son of the late Isadore Zimmerman and Sara Sherman. Leonard married Bonnie Rubenstein on June 7, 1958. Len is survived by his loving wife and his children: Joshua Zimmerman, wife Ellen of Scotch Plains, NJ and Ilissa Zimmerman, husband Scott Glass of Duncansville; his sister, Arlene Schlesinger, husband Victor of Memphis, TN; five grandchildren: Ginger and Grant Glass, Alison, Kelly and Jeremy Zimmerman and three nieces. Dr. Zimmerman was a 1954 graduate of Bucknell University and a 1958 graduate of University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He completed an internship at San Francisco General Hospital in 1959 and his residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1962. Len served in the US Army from 1966-1969. He retained board certification as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist from 1963 until his retirement. Len maintained professional membership in several medical societies, including the Blair County Medical Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Zimmerman was an active staff member at Altoona Regional Health System in the department of specialized surgery from June 1969 to July 2007 and held privileges at Bon Secours, formerly Mercy Hospital, Nason Hospital, and the VA Medical Center in Altoona. During his career, he served as Chief of Staff at Altoona Regional Health System. Dr. Zimmerman worked on the Tumor Board and Medical Education programs. He was secretary-treasurer from 2002-2006 and was president of the Altoona Hospital medical staff from Nov. 1993 through Nov. 1998. After his retirement he volunteered at the UPMC Altoona Partnership for Health Services and provided care to Veterans at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. His work continued weekly until 2013. Len was a member of Agudath Achim Synagogue and Temple Beth Israel, the Rotary Club of Altoona, the Jewish Federation, and active participant in the Jewish Film Festival committee. He was an avid reader, tremendous gardener, an extensive traveler, an enthusiastic sports fan, and loved spending time with his friends and family. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. The family asks that contributions be made in Len’s memory to the: The Greater Altoona Jewish Federation, PO Box 224, Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648. Arrangements by the E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16601. Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.

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  • 01/19/2022

    Bonnie and Ilissa, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are both in my prayers....God bless, Joi Cooney

  • 01/18/2022

    Bonnie, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob and Coleen Heim

  • 01/18/2022

    Our deepest condolences to his family, that he so much loved. All of us who were fortunate to have Len as a friend, mourn the loss of somebody who was the embodiment of thoughtfulness, kindness and decency. Ed Grab

  • 01/17/2022

    My heartfelt condolences to Lenny's family. He was a dear friend and wonderful doctor my parents Bernie and Estelle for many many years. He was a truly compassionate person.

  • 01/16/2022

    I recall caring for Dr. Zimmerman's patients in the SICU of then Altoona Hospital in the 1990's; what a caring physician and very kind man. My sympathies.

  • 01/16/2022

    Deepest condolences to the family, with much gratitude for Dr. Zimmerman's kindness and service to the community.

  • 01/15/2022

    Sincere condolences on the loss of such a wonderful man and physician from Vicki and Alan Kivitz

  • 01/15/2022

    Heartfelt Sympathy - A true legend- A great man.

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