In memoriam Adi Garfunkel

Drum bun printre aştri, dragă Adi!

Prof. Dr. Nicolae Gănuţă

Ne-a părăsit recent doctorul Adi Garfunkel, profesor de Medicină Orală la Universitatea Hadassah din Ierusalim, doctor Honoris Causa al Universităţii Carol Davila din Bucureşti, Editor Şef al revistei Actualităţi Stomatologice.

Noi ne-am cunoscut la examenul de admitere la Facultatea de Stomatologie din Bucureşti în anul 1957, când am tremurat de emoţii în aceaşi bancă. Şansa a făcut să fim colegi în primii ani de studenţie; viaţa ne-a despărţit ulterior, familia sa plecând în Israel.

Ne-am revăzut abia după 45 de ani cu ocazia unei vizite oficiale pe care am efectuat-o în Israel. Eu eram invitat ca decan al Facultăţii de Stomatologie din Bucureşti în cadrul căreia au studiat şi s-au format, de-a lungul anilor, peste o mie de studenţi israelieni. În aceaşi perioadă, Adi era decan al Facultăţii de Stomatologie din Ierusalim, ceea ce ne-a prilejuit o mare surpriză şi o plăcută revedere. Peste ani, doi candidaţi la examenul de admitere din Bucureşti, se reîntâlnesc ca decani a două prestigioase facultăţi, din România şi Israel.

Reînnodăm relaţia veche pe care o aveam, organizăm împreună o serie de congrese şi cursuri ştiinţifice atât la Bucureşti, cât şi la Ierusalim. În decurs de peste 25 de ani, profesorul Garfunkel a participat cu comunicări de înaltă ţinută profesională şi ştiinţifică la marea majoritate a manifestărilor noastre; a ţinut primul curs de inhalo-sedare din România; a scris două capitole, despre adrenalină şi inhalo-sedare, în cartea de anestezie a catedrei de chirurgie maxilo-facială.

Colaborarea noastră a culminat cu apariţia revistei “Actualităţi Stomatologice”, cotată la ora actuală ca cea mai prestigioasă revistă de stomatologie din România. Apărută sub egida jurnalului american “Compendium” şi sub patronajul unei mari personalităţi a stomatologiei mondiale – Prof. Dr. D. Walter Cohen – nu s-ar fi bucurat de un asemenea sprijin fără ajutorul lui Adi, fost elev al acestuia.

Devenit ulterior sufletulechipei editoriale, a avut un rol determinant în dezvoltarea revistei, în creşterea prestigiului acesteia. În anul ce urmează, în 2019, revista va aniversa 20 de ani de la apariţia primului număr, aniversare de la care, spre marele nostru regret, Adi va lipsi. Profesorul Adi Garfunkel va lipsi.

A avut întotdeauna o disponibilitate extraordinară pentru profesie, pentru ultimile noutăţi, pentru tot ce interesa activitatea de asistenţă stomatologică, nu numai sub aspect teoretic, ci şi practic. Având în vedere marea prietenie manifestată de-a lungul întregii sale vieţi pentru stomatologia românească unde şi-a făcut debutul, senatul Universităţii Carol Davilla i-a conferit în anul 1995 titlul de Doctor Honoris Causa.

Un mare iubitor al culturii româneşti, un mare împătimit de teatru şi de Caragiale în mod deosebit, Adi a fost un adevărat ambasadoral României nu numai în Israel, dar şi în alte ţări.

Pentru mine – Nae dragăcum eram obişnuit să-l aud că-mi spune – care l-am cunoscut îndeaproape, Adi a însemnat un coleg deosebit, un mare PRIETEN, un mare caracter. Plecarea lui, prea devreme, dintre noi lasă un gol imens şi reprezintă o pierdere ireparabilă. Ne va lipsi de aici încolo, dar va rămâne mereu viu în sufletele noastre, ale celor care l-am cunoscut şi iubit. Drum bun printre aştri, dragă Adi!

Prof. Dr. Nicolae Gănuţă
Preşedinte Onorific & Fondator
“Actualităţi Stomatologice”

 

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I mourn the loss of my dear friend, Adi Garfunkel.

Prof. D. Walter Cohen

Adi was a natural leader who gave his every effort to improving the field of Dental Medicine in Israel.  It was my privilege to know Adi since 1964 and our relationship was a blessing.  He was a wonderful role model for young academicians and those students who sat at his feet realized that he was very special.  He took several sabbaticals in Philadelphia and he was always missed when he had to leave.  The School of Dental Medicine in Jerusalem was fortunate to have him as a student, faculty member and Dean.  His efforts on behalf of the school helped raise it to the top level in the world of dental education. 

I was introduced to Adi by Dean Ino Sciaky in 1964 and from that time on we were like brothers.  He was a constant student who yearned to learn more about his field of Oral Medicine.  When some Penn students took their 6 weeks rotation at the Hebrew University-Hadassah hospital they were spellbound by Adi.  He influenced many students, faculty and friends in a very positive manner. 

I felt privileged to greatly benefited from his love and caring. Adi made many important contributions to the field of Oral Medicine and he continued to teach till the end.  His loss will leave a void that will not be filled since he was such a rare and beloved individual. 

I will always remember ADI with great admiration, and affection and I am grateful for the time I was together with him. 

Prof. D. Walter Cohen
Honorific President & Founder Actualităţi Stomatologice
Founding Editor Compendium USA, an AEGIS Publication

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“May his memory be for a blessing!”

Prof. Louis ROSE

 When I think of Adi Garfunkel, I see the twinkle in his eye, his warm smile, and his obvious love of life that immediately drew you to him. Adi was an incredible teacher who could explain a complex idea in a way that made it both interesting and relevant.

His contribution to dentistry was immense and his humanity put him in a class by himself.  I first met Adi at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. At that time, he was a Fellow in immunology and was also involved in postgraduate work in oral medicine.   I was overseeing a combined program at Penn and the Medical College of Pennsylvania, introducing the oral-systemic link to both medical and dental residents. Our paths crossed when Adi taught the residents in my program.  He made a lasting impression on them and on me as well.

In 1976, I was in Israel, with my wife Claire, for a program sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania. Adi spent a considerable amount of time making sure we felt welcome and comfortable.  Some years later, I was fortunate enough to lecture in Romania with Adi, where he was the ultimate hosts.  Those experiences, among others, solidified our friendship and our working relationship, both of which lasted until his untimely death.

Adi proudly served as Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University for 25 years.  He will long be remembered for what he accomplished for Hebrew University and for his impact on the high quality of education in Israel and beyond, as he lectured and published worldwide for so many years.

Adi will certainly be remembered for his warmth, humanity, and courage.  I miss him dearly.

“May his memory be for a blessing!”
Prof. Louis ROSE
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Compendium USA,an AEGIS Publication

 

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Goodbye, our dear Adi.

On March 22, 2018, we said ‘goodbye’ to our dear FRIEND, MENTOR and COLLEAGUE, Adi Garfunkel.

Adi’s passing has left an enormous gap in our lives but we are left with wonderful memories and reflections of an extraordinary MAN. We still hear his enthusiastic voice and exuberant appreciation of our achievements.

“You are extraordinary! It’s amazing what you’ve done!”

These warm and impulsive exclamations have often made us wonder. We had been expecting to see an insincere smile, a sort of casualness because our efforts and discoveries seemed so small compared to the vast knowledge, experience and accomplishments of PROFESSOR Garfunkel; but instead we were greeted with genuine human warmth, a generous smile and the complete assurance that he meant it when he said: “I’m really serious! I don’t know how you can do all this!”

Today we know. Today we understand. Adi was a man who worked tirelessly and selflessly and who never stopped studying and discovering new things. He always recognized the work of others and knew that all achievements and progress, no matter how small, required a lot of effort. He appreciated his peers and intuitively knew that an out-stretched hand of support and words of encouragement could make all the difference to someone.

Today we also remember Adi’s sincere belief in the need for fair-play in all relationships. We still hear him repeating that the concept of “win-win” is the key to everything. As a PHYSICIAN, Adi Garfunkel knew that the first rule is to remember that the patient must always ‘win’. He also applied this golden rule to whatever he built, and as EDITOR IN CHIEF of the Actualităţi Stomatologice, Adi wanted you his colleagues, or as he liked to say, ‘the public of Dental News’, to win!

“When the heart talks, the heart doesn’t talk anymore”– this was a witty phrase of Adi Garfunkel.

Only now do we understand what he meant. We now understand that when you put your heart into what you do, everything is possible. We now understand that when you say what you really feel, the words stand alone, there are no barriers. We now understand that when you live as your heart and soul tell you, you really live. And we now understand that when you really live, you will certainly never die. Because you will stay forever in our hearts and mind – those of the Actualităţi team – and those of the many friends of the Actualităţi Stomatologice.

In the last editorial, Adi concluded with the words: “So we continue.” We can only add: “TOGETHER!”

Cătălin Cristescu
on behalf of Actualităţi Stomatologice team

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