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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives
MEMOIRIST:       ARKIN, MURRAY
INTERVIEWER:   CHADWICK, REBECCA
DATES:                OCTOBER 29, 2014
LOCATION:          SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

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Biography

Murray Charles Arkin was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 26, 1928, the youngest of four children born to Polish immigrants Ben Arkin (1889-1968) and Henrietta “Yetta” Fallick Arkin (1893-1964). His siblings were Claudia Arkin Kantsiper (1916-1991), Marvin Walter Arkin (1921-2009) and Marilyn Arkin Seeman (b. 1925). He attended Savannah Public Schools and the University of Georgia before enlisting in the United States Army in 1946. During his Army service, he joined the Occupation Forces in Japan where he served in the Field Artillery and later, the Medical Corps. It was during his time in Japan that Arkin decided to become a doctor. After his return from overseas, Arkin re-enrolled at the University of Georgia, where he joined the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity and graduated in 1949. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he enrolled in medical school at the Medical College of Georgia (now part of Augusta University) in Augusta, Georgia. After graduation, he did his internship at Minneapolis General Hospital in Minnesota, his residency at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in Hines, Illinois and Presbyterian-St. Louis Hospital in Chicago, and his fellowship in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. While studying in Chicago, he met his future wife, June Alper (1931-2017) and they married in Chicago in 1956. Later, the couple moved back to Savannah where he began in private practice and then was an Internist at Memorial Medical Center (now Memorial University Medical Center) beginning in 1990. Arkin’s medical career lasted 47 years. In 1998, Dr. Arkin was awarded the highest honor in Savannah’s Jewish community, the Jack Malitz Levy Leadership Award, from the Savannah Jewish Federation. Murray and June Arkin had three sons, David (b. 1958), Lawrence (b. 1960), and Jonathan (b. 1967). 

Scope of Interview

In this interview, Dr. Arkin discusses his entire life, his involvement in medical education, the Jewish community, and his thoughts about the future of the Jewish people.

 


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