Dr. David Samuel Pointon
Dr. David Samuel Pointon, age 83, of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, surrounded by family.
Born on April 18, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., David was a son of the late Alfred Pointon and Mary Ann Tenney Pointon. David is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Taub Pointon; and four daughters, Sarah Elizabeth (James) Stevens of East Greenbush, Susan Eleanor (David) Miska of Wayne, Pennsylvania, Mary Anne Norris of Binghamton, and Nancy Lee (Dr. John) Dorn of Plymouth, Massachusetts; nine grandchildren, James Stevens, Elizabeth Stevens, Alina Miska, Aaron Miska, Jeffrey Norris, Audrey Norris, Jonathan Dorn, Alexandra Dorn, and Melanie Dorn.
His siblings were Walter, Martha Bachmann (Alfred), Clifford (Jane), Norman (Helen), Sarah Etheridge (Rutledge), Rodger, Mary Jane Smith, Morton (Gladys), Vernie (Mary Lou), and Kenneth (Loretta). Of these, only Jane, Gladys, Mary Lou, and Loretta survive. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law, James Taub (Polly, deceased) and Hugh Taub (Donna) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
As a child in the mid 1930s, David moved several times between Brooklyn and Florida, living in Palatka, then in Fernandina Beach. His parents and siblings resided in Brooklyn until 1945 when they moved to Oppenheim. David graduated from the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School in 1948 as the valedictorian of his class. He entered Albany State College for his first year of college.
On October 12, 1950, David and Margaret married. In the summer of 1951 they moved to Schenectady where David worked at GE while attending Union College majoring in pre-med. He graduated in 1956. In August 1956, David completed a Master’s Degree in Biology at Albany State. They moved to Mayfield with their three older daughters where David taught all the high school sciences for two years.
In 1958, David began teaching chemistry and biology at Cortland State College as an Assistant Professor. Their youngest daughter was born while in Cortland. David received his M.D. from Albany Medical College in 1965. While at AMC, David was president of his class for the last three years, was president of the whole student body for one year, and was honored by being chosen for the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society.
After internship and residency in Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington, Vt., David started his family practice in Johnstown in 1967. He retired in 2000. He was on the staff of both the former Johnstown Hospital and the Nathan Littauer Hospital. He was a member of the Fulton County Medical Society, American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
During his lifetime, David and Margaret travelled to all 50 states in the United States. They also visited many other countries such as Canada, Mexico, the USSR, China, Turkey, Australia, and most countries of Europe. David was dedicated to his family and enjoyed large gatherings with his siblings and their families, his children, and especially, his grandchildren. His other interests included major league baseball and all aspects of nature and science. He strongly believed in education and a philosophy of tolerance as well as caring for humanity and others no matter their position in the world.
A celebration of life for David will be held at a date to be announced at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown. Contributions may be made in his memory to WMHT, 4 Global View, Troy, NY 12180 or to the charity of one’s choice.
The Pointon family would like to thank the staffs of St. Mary’s Hospital and Nathan Littauer Hospital for the care and compassion provided to David which was of great comfort to his family.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.