Dr. Nathan Schnall of Abington, retired head of obstetrics and gynecology at Rolling Hill Hospital in Elkins Park, has passed away at 99

Dr. Nathan Schnall, an Abington resident, WWII/Korean War veteran and longtime doctor, died Sunday, June 2, of heart failure, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote on Friday. He was 99 years old.

Dr. Schnall was a retired chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at the now-defunct Rolling Hill Hospital in Elkins Park and delivered thousands of babies between the early 1950s and the mid-1990s, his obituary said.

He helped create and administer abortion, in vitro fertilization, and other initiatives at Rolling Hill. He was featured by the Inquirer in 1985 on the 12th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to allow abortions in the first trimester of pregnancies.

”You have to use your own conscience as best you can,” Dr. Schnall said at the time.

Philadelphia Magazine featured his family of doctors in a 2016 story titled “The Great Philadelphia Families.”

“I can take such pleasure in being from a family where everyone is so caring,” he said at the time.

After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1941, he enrolled at Temple University, went into the Army during World War II, and then graduated from what is now Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine after his discharge, his obituary said.

He was fluent in Hebrew and was an active member of was active at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. He also lived in Wyndmoor.

Services in his honor were held on Tuesday, June 4. Donations in his name may be made to the Nathan Schnall Scholarship Fund at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, 3500 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19140.

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Photo: Philadelphia Inquirer via the Schnall family