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BIRSNER, M.D., Harvey A.
BIRSNER, M.D., Harvey A. 72, A member of the AV medical community for 41 years, died of cancer at his home in Santa Monica on May 25, 2013. Dr. Birsner received his medical degree from University of California San Francisco, and his postgraduate neurosurgical training at Parkland Memorial Hospital, in Dallas. He arrived in the Antelope Valley in 1972, after his military service as Chief of Neurosurgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital, in Philadelphia. He was AV's first neurosurgeon, and served on the medical staff of each of the Valley's hospitals. In addition to multiple medical staff appointments, he served twice as a Trustee of the AV Healthcare District between the years 1980 and 1996. He is survived by his ex-wife, Donna, of Park City, Utah, and two sisters, Elizabeth in Santa Cruz, Calif., and Margaret who lives in Israel. He is also survived by his brother, John W. Birsner, Jr., who is an actively practicing physician in the AV. He is preceded in death by his parents and his adoptive father, Dr. J.W. Birsner. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. You may sign the condolence book at Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.

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