Lionel Rudolph, MD

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Dr. Lionel A Rudolph, 98, died on Friday, August 6th after a brief illness.  He was born in Brooklyn on May 23, 1923 to Harry and Hannah Rudolph.  Upon completion of college at the University of Wisconsin, he entered the military earning an honorable discharge as a Lt. Colonel for the medical corps.  

He then attended New York University School of Medicine, graduating in 1951.  He completed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center and came to Syracuse with his wife, Dr. Claire Rudolph, in 1952 for his residency in Internal Medicine at SUNY Syracuse Medical Center.  Upon completion of his residency Dr. Rudolph had a primary care practice on University Ave for over 40 years where he served the residents of Syracuse and the surrounding region.  He also served as a primary care physician for Hutchings Psychiatric Center and on the faculty of the SUNY Upstate School of Medicine.  

Dr. Rudolph had many interests and was a supporter of arts and culture in Syracuse.  He was also an avid runner and ran for a number of years in the annual Mountain Goat race, completing his last race when he was in his eighties.  His wife of 68 years, Dr. Claire Rudolph, served on the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Social Work for many years.  She passed away in 2016.  

He is survived by his daughter Susan Barrett (Jim) and sons Dr. Daniel Rudolph (Donna) and Dr. Alan Rudolph (Barbara), their spouses, as well as his grandchildren (Rebecca, David, Rachel, Caroline, Andrew, Adam, and Matthew, 3 great grandchildren (Franklin, Sebastian, and Mason).
Friends and family will gather at The Oaks of Dewitt on Saturday, August 14th at 5PM with a reception following.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Green Lakes State Park at the National Heritage Trust.

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Rest in Peace Lionel; and say hello to Claire.

Written by Sarah Jefferson
2021-08-08 12:18:20 AM

This man was such a primary care physician. He was ahead of his time when he considered the patient's family life for best outcome in health challenges. Down to earth, welcomed spouse into consults, and praised a patient when they achieved wellness goals. This generation of primary care physicians is phasing out and we need to replace their value in the medical field! Rest in peace Dr. Rudolph.

Written by Diane Ilsa
2021-08-11 5:15:50 PM

A great friend to my parents and a fine doctor. RIP Lionel

Written by Andy Chertow
2021-08-11 6:09:34 PM