Alfred Yager, MD

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Posted on: February 18, 2019

Dr. Alfred Yager, born of parents Harry and Jenny Yager of Englewood Cliffs, NJ, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 95 on December 20, 2018.

Alfred graduated high school after four years at Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Va., and then attended University of Virginia where he received his B.A. and MD degrees.  Alfred interned at Beth Israel Hospital, N.Y.C. and subsequently trained at New York University-affiliated hospitals in pathology internal medicine and cardiology. He practiced cardiology for 42 years in North Bergen, New Jersey. He was director of medicine and cardiology at Christ Hospital, Jersey City and Palisade General Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ. The Cardiac Laboratory at Palisade Hospital was named “Alfred Yager MD Laboratory” on his retirement.

Among his other career highlights: He served as a hospital corpsman in the USNR in 1943, and senior assistant surgeon in the US Public Health Service from 1950 to 1953. He was clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University and clinical associate professor of medicine at The New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry.  He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1947.

In addition to his distinguished career in medicine, Alfred enjoyed life and loved golf.  He had 3 hole-in-ones and was club champion at Tammy Brook Country Club in Cresskill NJ in 1963, and Montammy Golf Club, Alpine NJ, in 1968 and 1970.  Up until recently, he continued to play at Quail Lodge Golf Course. He was fond of reading, gardening, traveling, cooking, going to classes at MP Community College; and being with his family.

Alfred and his wife of 66 years, Betty, moved to Carmel, Ca., on Alfred’s retirement in 1995. He was predeceased by Betty as well as his brother, Dr. Robert Yager, and sister Helene White. His survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law and two granddaughters.

In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity are encouraged.