Larry E. Roffman wore many hats: physician, family man, volunteer and advocate.
“He brought people together for peaceful resolutions,” said daughter Susie Norton of Omaha. “When the Nebraska Medical Center and Clarkson Hospital merged, it was a challenging situation for those physicians to become one. He was asked to be a consultant to bring the new administration and staffs together to create a system that worked.”
Roffman, 82, died last Friday at the Nebraska Medical Center after a long illness.
Rabbi Aryeh Azriel said Monday at the doctor's memorial service at Temple Israel that Roffman taught him the meaning of the phrase “evolution not revolution.”
Roffman put that into practice as temple president and when caring for his obstetrics and gynecology patients.
Norton said her father had his own medical practice starting in 1962 before becoming a founding member of Omaha OB-GYN Associates. Roffman retired in 1998.
He practiced medicine primarily at Clarkson Hospital, where he was president of the medical staff and a member of the executive committee of the board of directors. He also was a clinical instructor for OB-GYN students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Roffman was on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation, Jewish Senior Services, the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society and the Douglas County Hospital Foundation.
Norton said her father was passionate about the County Hospital, helping spread the word of the services it provides in “helping the underserved,” a group he felt strongly about.
“Instead of wringing his hands, he was one to really take action,” she said.
The Jewish Federation of Omaha honored him June 4 as its Humanitarian of the Year.
Roffman, a Council Bluffs native, graduated from the University of Iowa and its medical college, now called the Carver College of Medicine. He also served in the Air Force.
Besides his daughter, survivors include his wife of 53 years, Silvia; daughter Julie Rosenquist of Omaha; and six grandsons.