Deceased Information

  • DECEASED

    Dr. Jacob (Jack) Aaron Spanier

  • AGE

    91

  • DATE OF DEATH

    Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (Before Sunset)

  • DATE OF FUNERAL

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • TIME OF FUNERAL

    11:00 AM

  • PLACE OF FUNERAL

    Graveside

  • PLACE OF BURIAL

    Greenwood Cemetery

  • SHIVA INFORMATION

    Shiva will be held at the Spanier residence immediately following burial. Gate code is #3232

    4274 Wieuca Overlook, Atlanta, GA 30342.

  • DONATIONS

  • OBITUARY

    Jacob A. Spanier, MD, (age 91) beloved husband of sixty-seven years, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, born in Flushing, NY, August 11th, 1929, died at home among family in Atlanta, GA in the pre-dawn hours of July 13th, 2021. Dr. Spanier was a co-founder of Northside Hospital, served as Chairman of the Obstetrics Department and later as Chairman of Northside Hospital itself. He also served as a member of the Fulton County Hospital Authority from 1990 until his retirement from medicine in 2014. Credited with successfully delivering over 14,000 children during fifty years of tireless dedication, he was known for the purity of his focus on his patients and his overwhelming generosity of spirt. A graduate of the University of South Carolina (B.S. 1951) and the Medical College of South Carolina (M.D. 1955), after completing an internship at Charleston’s Medical University Hospital, he entered active duty as a second lieutenant in the US Navy. In the Navy, he served as medical officer to a mobile construction battalion and later as medical officer U.S.M.C recruit depot, Paris Island, SC. Following honorable discharge in 1957, he moved to Atlanta where from 1958-1961 he completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Grady Memorial/Emory Hospital. In 1961, he entered private practice and joined the hospital staff of Georgia Baptist, and shortly thereafter helped found and began a lifelong association with Northside Hospital. In local business, he distinguished himself as a director of First American Bank 1980-1992 where he oversaw the bank’s ultimate acquisition by First Union. Known for his intelligence, kindness and humility, Dr. Spanier always managed to see the good in people and his sense of humor served him well even until the last day of his remarkable life. Notwithstanding the indelible loss of son Jonathan Spanier (1962-2010) he is survived by his wife Harriet Spanier, his daughters Beth Spanier and Amy Spanier, his grandson Michael Winston and wife Rachel and three great grandchildren, Victoria, Naomi and Ezra Winston. Graveside services will be held Thursday July 15th, 2021 at 11:00 AM followed by Shiva at the Spanier residence in Buckhead. Donations in Jacob’s memory may be made to the Friends of the IDF and the Atlanta Humane Society.

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Kathy Gestar

    Dr. Spanier was my doctor for many years. I lived in Snellville and eventually changed doctors. Dr. Spanier was such a kind man and a good doctor. He encouraged me to stop smoking which I did. I am forever grateful to him. RIP my friend.

    July 29, 2021 , 01:31 AM


  • Karen Wells

    Dear Harriet, Beth and Amy , With love in my heart I am sending prayers and love your way to you and your families. I remember going to play at your house as a little girl and having so much fun. When I was old enough, Beth your daddy was my Dr. and also Abby’s for many many years. He had so much compassion and patience with Abby I will always appreciate. He was a great loving sweet man and I feel blessed I grew up knowing your daddy Beth. With much love I’m sending a big hug and kiss to you all. Xox love, Karen

    July 19, 2021 , 03:05 PM


  • Barbara & Dick Planer

    Thinking of you and sending you sincere condolences . Barbara & Dick Planer

    July 17, 2021 , 03:30 AM


  • Toby Holzer

    My sincere condolences upon Jack’s passing. May time ease the sorrow and loss. He will be missed. With love , Toby Holzer

    July 16, 2021 , 10:26 PM


  • Charles & Sharon Frank

    My family and I want to offer our love and sympathy to the family of Dr. Spanier. I was blessed to be one of the mothers of 3 of the over 14,000 babies he delivered over the years (born between 1965-1970). We have some memories from the delivery room that are funny but sweet, as those things can often be, but we were always blessed to have him there to bring our babies into the world. Our hearts go out to all of you Shalom??? Charles & Sharon Frank Kimberly (11/11/65) Tamara (05/30/69) Robert (05/07/70)

    July 16, 2021 , 06:00 PM


  • Cassandra Wanzo MD

    My deepest condolences to Harriet and the family. I’m sorry that I’ve only learned of the magnitude of his greatness after his passing. He was always so friendly to me as a neighbor. You are in my prayers.

    July 16, 2021 , 03:05 PM


  • Jeff and Cheryl Cohen

    Amy and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your father and extend our sincere condolences. May your memories of him be of comfort to you all. Cheryl and Jeff Cohen

    July 16, 2021 , 12:59 PM


  • Hillary Abrams

    My sincerest condolences to the Spanier family. May Dr Spanier Rest In Peace. Hillary Abrams

    July 15, 2021 , 11:38 PM


  • Gail Davis

    Dr. Spanier delivered my beautiful daughter 39 years ago. I always enjoyed our visits. He was truly a wonderful, kind and smart man whom I will never forget. Rest In Peace Dr. Spanier.

    July 15, 2021 , 10:00 PM


  • JoAnne Donner

    Dear Harriet, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you. xo

    July 15, 2021 , 09:17 PM


  • Sara Grosswald

    Dear Harriet and family , I am so sorry for the lost of your wonderful husband ! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay strong , XoXo Sara

    July 15, 2021 , 08:46 PM


  • Dr. Jeri Breiner

    Dear Spanier family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband and father had a great impact through his career and research. He will be missed. Jeri

    July 15, 2021 , 08:25 PM


  • Mimi Siegel

    Dear Harriet We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Many hugs Larry Cohen and mimi siegel

    July 15, 2021 , 06:53 PM


  • Morton Levey

    Harriet, my sincerest condolences to you and all the family. Morty Levey

    July 15, 2021 , 05:58 PM


  • Cecile Waronker

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. A beautiful marriage. Jack was a dear person and will be missed.

    July 15, 2021 , 05:55 PM


  • Harold Rosenbaum

    Beth, I am so sorry for your lost. May his memories comfort you during this mourning.

    July 15, 2021 , 05:26 PM


  • Martha & Herb Blondheim

    Our thoughts are with you Harriet, Amy, Beth and entire family. May your many wonderful memories and the comfort and love of friends help to console you in your loss. Martha and Herb

    July 15, 2021 , 04:55 PM


  • Ralda and Marty Reish

    So, so sorry to learn of Jacks passing. H was such a fine man with a warm smile. He will be missed by all. Our best to your family. Ralda & Marty

    July 15, 2021 , 03:59 PM


  • Beverly Kievman Copen

    I am sending sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Jack Spanier. I served with him for all of the years on the bank board of directors of First American Bank until it was sold. He has indeed, left a grand legacy to all that knew him. Beverly Kievman Copen

    July 15, 2021 , 01:39 PM


  • Phyllis and Lew Kravitz

    Harriet, we send our heartfelt condolences to you and all the family. Phyllis and Lew

    July 15, 2021 , 11:32 AM


  • Madolin Seldes

    So very sorry for your loss

    July 15, 2021 , 11:28 AM


  • Lisa Cohen

    To Amy and the Spanier family: So sorry for your loss. My condolences during this difficult time; may his memory be a blessing.

    July 15, 2021 , 09:10 AM


  • Dr Ellie Campbell and Family

    Dear Amy, Beth and Harriett, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief and loss. Jack was an incredible man who left a legacy of love and life. He is honored and respected by tens of thousands. He was such a blessing to Atlanta and will be deeply missed.

    July 15, 2021 , 01:05 AM


  • Betsy Whitehead

    Dear Spanier family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Spanier was a remarkable man and so blessed to have met him and know some of his beautiful family. His legacy and spirit will live on in his children and grand-children. Prayers and love to you all.

    July 14, 2021 , 10:12 PM


  • Jarvin Levison

    My sincerest condolences to Harriett and all the Spanier Family. Jack was a wonderful human being and will be missed by all who new him. Jarvin

    July 14, 2021 , 03:55 PM


  • Gail Cohn

    Dearest Harriet, I hold you in my heart. Thinking of you with sincerest sympathy and love.

    July 14, 2021 , 01:21 PM


  • Gail Cohn

    Dearest Harriet, I hold you in my heart. Thinking of you with sincerest sympathy and love.

    July 14, 2021 , 01:19 PM


  • Susan Candell Kaplan

    Dear Spanier Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr.Spanier was my favorite physician from 1967 until his retirement. Not only did he deliver my children, but also a grandchild. He was loved by his patients as well as his friends and will be greatly missed.

    July 14, 2021 , 01:08 PM


  • Patricia Daniel

    I have had the honor of knowing Dr, Spanier for over 28 years. He was always gracious and warm to me. I will always remember Dr. Spanier with love. Sending prayers of love, strength and comfort to Harriet and the family during this time.

    July 14, 2021 , 08:47 AM


  • Norman and Adrienne Bloom

    Dear Harriet, Beth and Amy, We were so sad to have learned that your beloved Jack had passed away. Our hearts go out to you all with our deepest sympathy and condolences

    July 14, 2021 , 03:14 AM


  • Sandra, Kenny Kaufman

    Dear Harriet and family, We were so sad to hear off Jacks passing. Jack was an amazing man and Doctor. He will always be in our hearts forever. We loved Jack and we love you.

    July 14, 2021 , 01:27 AM


  • Lorri Brown

    May his memory be a blessing I felt so blessed to have the Spanier’s as neighbors and Jack as my Dr. Thinking of y’all and wish I was in town to offer my support Amy Beth and Harriet Hugs from Michigan Lorri

    July 14, 2021 , 01:05 AM


  • David Arlene taylor

    We both have fond memories of Jack. He was beloved by all. I knew him from my first days in practice. Condolences to all

    July 13, 2021 , 10:53 PM


  • David Arlene taylor

    We both have fond memories of Jack. He was beloved by all. I knew him from my first days in practice. Condolences to all

    July 13, 2021 , 10:53 PM


  • Sheila Kamensky Gerstein

    My thoughts are with the entire Spanier family. Wishing you beautiful memories of a lovely man…..

    July 13, 2021 , 09:36 PM


  • OSCAR & KAREN GRABLOWSKY

    CONDOLENCES TO HARRIET AND THE ENTIRE SPANIER FAMILY. JACK WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON AND WELL RESPECTED BY THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY

    July 13, 2021 , 09:27 PM


  • Jennie and Macy Moret

    Harriet, thinking of you at this time and hope happy memories will help you through this difficult time.

    July 13, 2021 , 08:06 PM


  • Martha Jo & Jerry Katz

    Dear Harriet and family, There are no words to express our sadness over the loss of Jack. Sending you love and deepest sympathy. "Memories in the Heart Bring Comfort to the Soul." We have such fond memories of our friendship! xoxo

    July 13, 2021 , 08:04 PM


  • Barbara Gold

    To my dearest friend Harriet, Beth, Amy, Michael, Rachel and Family. My heart goes out to all of you over the huge loss of Jack. Thinking of you with loads of love and sending deepest sympathy from me and all of my family.

    July 13, 2021 , 06:50 PM


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