Friends gathered Monday to honor the memory of Dr. Hyman Roberts in his beloved Temple Beth El.
Roberts, 88, died at home Sunday with his wife Carol, a former Palm Beach County Commissioner, and his children.
A well-known physician, Roberts had lived in West Palm Beach since 1955. He was a member of Temple Beth El for 50 years and an early president of the school now named the Meyer Jewish Academy. His daughter, Pamela Rembaum, was one of the first students to attend Meyer Academy, later followed by her own children.
At the funeral, Rabbi Alan Sherman praised his friend’s qualities as a doctor and as a man.
“That face, that smile! He was a mensch,” said Sherman, head of chaplain services at Morse Life senior health and residence service, referring to the warm feelings Roberts inspired in friends and patients alike.
Sherman also noted that it was appropriate that a man so happy with his family and his lot in life would die on Purim, a light-hearted Jewish festival that occurred last weekend.
Another longtime friend, Cantor Norman Brody, officiated and sang at the service.
Roberts attended Tufts College and graduated cum laude from Tufts University Medical School in 1947. He practiced as a board-certified internist and endocrinologist for 50 years and was on the medical staffs of what are now Good Samaritan Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center.
In addition to his medical career and philanthropic efforts, Roberts was the author of 27 books and a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Roberts donated several pieces of art to adorn the temple, as well as a large mezuzah — scripture verses in a cylindrical case — he purchased in Spain.
Roberts and his wife, Carol, were married for 59 years.
Besides his wife and daughter, Roberts is survived by a sister, Esther Sokol, sons David, Jonathan, Mark, Stephen and Scott and 11 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Carol and Hyman Roberts Scholarship Fund, Arthur I Meyer Jewish Academy, 3261 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.