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Dr Charles Harold Alper
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Birth: 1919
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 15, 2006
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA

Charles Harold Alper, M.D., noted ear, nose and throat physician, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Alper practiced medicine for 58 years in Chattanooga, from January 1947 until his retirement in 2005. Dr. Alper was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was recognized as a leader in the Chattanooga medical community. In February of this year, he was honored by the Baroness Foundation of Erlanger hospital for "community service and excellence in medicine." He received the Humanitarian Award from the Siskin Foundation 365 Club in March 2000 for "50 years of altruistic contributions to the Chattanooga community."

In the 1950s, Dr. Alper unselfishly donated his skill and time to assist Mose and Garrison Siskin in founding the Chattanooga and Hamilton County Speech & Hearing Center and served as it's first president.

As an ear, nose and throat physician, Dr. Alper was intensely interested in surgery of the ear. He took special training in microscopic surgery of the ear at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1957. He was proud to be the first to introduce ear microsurgery to Chattanooga in 1957 and laser surgery in 1973. As a member of the American Headache Society, Dr. Alper trained extensively to understand the causes of migraine headache and learn how to alleviate his patients' pain.

Although his patients sought him out for his medical expertise, the qualities they most cherished about Dr. Alper were his bedside manner, compassion and sense of humor.

Dr. Alper's fascination with medicine began at age 8, after having his tonsils removed by J. McChesney Hogshead, M.D. He cherished the dream of becoming a physician and later joined Dr. Hogshead's medical practice.

A native of Chattanooga, Dr. Alper graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1936, received his B.S. degree from the University of Chattanooga (now UTC) in 1940 and completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1942. He then did his residency at U.S. Naval Hospital and St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1943. Immediately after medical school, Dr. Alper was taken into the regular Navy to serve in World War II. After his residency training, he was assigned to be a Navy medical officer aboard the U.S. Waters APD-8, an attack destroyer transport ship in the South and Western Pacific. Dr. Alper saw action in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. While at Iwo Jima, he saw the Marines raise the flag on top of Mount Suribachi. Following the war, he was placed in charge of the Separation Center in Memphis until his discharge in December 1946. Upon returning to Chattanooga in January 1947, Dr. Alper joined Dr. Hogshead in the practice of eye, ear, nose and throat medicine at the Hogshead Clinic on Georgia Avenue. This practice is now known as Associates in Ear, Nose, Throat/ Head & Neck Surgery and has been in existence since 1911. Some medical accomplishments he was proud of include a Clinical Associate Professorship of Otolaryngology with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga Unit at Erlanger Medical Center; past member of the board of directors of Siskin Memorial Foundation; past member of the Medical Advisory Board of the EAR Foundation in Nashville and the Los Angeles Foundation of Otology; and past medical director of the Chattanooga Surgery Center.

Dr. Alper was a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology /Head & Neck Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Allergy Association, member of the American Medical Association, member and past president of the Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society, past chief of staff and past chairman of the board of Parkridge Medical Center, member of the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Georgia Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Association of Railway Surgeons for Norfolk Southern Railway, fellow of the Southeastern Surgical Association and member of the Tennessee Academy of Otolaryngology.

As a leader in the Jewish community, Dr. Alper served as past president of the Chattanooga Jewish Welfare Federation and past president of Chattanooga Jewish Community Center. He was a member of B'nai Zion Synagogue and Mizpah Congregation.

Dr. Alper was preceded in death by his parents, David Samuel and Ethel Gordon Alper and his sister Hilda, all of Chattanooga; and his brother, Jerome Alper, of Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Block Alper; son, Jeffrey and Donna Alper; and grandson, Justin Alper, all of Chattanooga; son, Dr. Ches and Carol Carson Alper, of Franklin, Tenn.; daughter, Debby Alper, of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at B'nai Zion Synagogue, 114 McBrien Road, with Rabbi Meir Goldstein officiating.

Burial will follow at B'nai Zion Cemetery in Red Bank.

Pallbearers are Justin Alper; John Boxell, M.D.; Hathaway Harvey, M.D.; Ira Long, M.D.; William Rowe, M.D.; Gill Jeong, M.D.; Morton Center; and Sydney Tindell.

Honorary pallbearers are John Evans, M.D.; Robert Demos, M.D.; Deene Leventhal, D.D.S.; Mervin Pregulman; Robert Main; and Richard Barrali.

The family will receive visitors from 6-8:30 p.m. today, Nov. 18, at J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home, 747 McCallie Ave.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, American Lung Association, B'nai Zion Synagogue, Mizpah Congregation or the charity of your choice.

Anyone wishing to share memories about Dr. Alper may do so by emailing them to, using the subject line, "Memories of Dr. Alper". These will be forwarded to the family.

Arrangements by J. Avery Bryan Funeral Home.

Family links: 
  David Samuel Alper (1885 - 1969)
  Ethel Gordon Alper (1891 - 1964)
  Hilda Lena Alper (1913 - 1917)*
  Charles Harold Alper (1919 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship
BNai Zion Cemetery
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Row B-9
Created by: Tammy Jones-Ashley
Record added: Nov 18, 2006
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Dr Charles Harold Alper
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You were a truely amazing person ,Dr. Alper .Thank you for all you`ve done for all of us .May your family find comfort in the wonderful memories they have of you !
- Tammy Jones-Ashley
 Added: Nov. 18, 2006

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