Dr. Charles Rojer

Obituary of Dr. Charles L. Rojer

Dr. Charles L. Rojer, Chairman of the Board of Health of Princeton, passed away peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015, from recently diagnosed gastric cancer. Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1934, Dr. Rojer survived WWII as a hidden child. His two sisters survived the war hidden in a convent; his parents, grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins were killed in Auschwitz. Arriving in the US at the age of 13 in 1948, Dr. Rojer moved to Philadelphia where he was taken into the home of his uncle who served in the French Resistance. There he went to school to learn English, quickly proved himself academically and graduated from the 199th class of Central High School, followed by Temple University, and Hahnemann Medical School. After a residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, followed by two years service in the Air Force, Dr. Rojer opened a practice in Philadelphia, with affiliations at both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospitals. Dr. Rojer had a successful career of 40 years during which he was beloved by his patients and esteemed by his colleagues. He served as President of Staff for both Chestnut Hill and Abington Hospital; he also served as an officer of several otolaryngological societies. Dr. Rojer met his first wife Goldie on a blind date at the end of his senior year in high school and it was love at first sight. They were married in 1957, had three wonderful children, and continued happily for 37 years until Goldie succumbed to leukemia in 1994. Two years later, Dr. Rojer met his second wife, Marsha Levin-Rojer, on another blind date. They were married in 1997 and recently celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary. Ms. Levin-Rojer’s two children were beautifully absorbed into the Rojer family. Dr. Rojer moved to Princeton in 2001where he was quickly recognized for his generous spirit, boundless energy and wise counsel. In addition to his role on the Board of Health, Dr. Rojer served as Vice President of the Old Guard of Princeton and on the Board of the American Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Mercer County, where he delivered Kosher Meals on Wheels and volunteered on a committee in support of Holocaust Survivors. He was also an enthusiastic volunteer Grand-Pal, reading to children at Community Park Middle School. Dr. Rojer was a frequent speaker telling his story of survival to numerous school and community groups. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education recorded his story as well. He also accompanied students of the Princeton Theological Seminary on an annual trip sponsored by the AJC to the Holocaust Museum. Dr. Rojer is survived by his wife Marsha Levin-Rojer, children Dr. Alan Rojer and wife, Ellen Relkin; Rachel Harad and husband, Dr. Todd Harad; Dr. David Rojer and wife, Dr. Jennifer Lublin; step children: Debra Levin and Daniel Levin; and nine grandchildren: Rebecca, Lauren, Isaac, Emily, Aurora, Gabrielle, Zahavah, Ellie and Sasha and his sister Cecile Jeruchim. Donations in Dr. Rojer’s memory may be made to the Charles L. Rojer Fund of the Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Mercer County or to a charity of one’s choice. A memorial in celebration of his life is being planned for April 2016.
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