Dr. Arnold, Geiger on Friday, January 17, at dusk, Dr. Arnold Geiger "Cap", Pop and "The Fish Doctor" - of Martha's Vineyard, slipped the mooring for his final voyage. He lived a rich and full 95 years. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife; Ruth Geiger. Arnold was born August 11, 1918, in New York City, attended New York University, and then the University of Pennsylvania College of Dentistry.
Following a Surgical Internship at Harlem Hospital in 1941, Arnold embarked on a life-long career in dentistry. In 1950 he began a private Orthodontic practice in Manhattan and Port Chester, NY, finally retiring in 1995. Along the way, he taught dentistry at Columbia University, gave lectures at various institutions and was active in state and national dental associations.
He co-authored a text book which was required reading at universities and translated into six languages. Over a career that spanned 45 years, Arnold improved the lives and smiles of countless patients. That was the professional side of "Pop". The other side was a crusty fisherman, at home on his beloved boat, the Noe-pe, in pursuit of stripers, blues, fluke, and lobster. He and Ruth first brought the family to Martha's Vineyard in 1961 for a two-week holiday - it immediately became a second home. As much as Dad loved fishing and his boat, Ruth preferred gardening in the rich earth of the Vineyard. Dad became quite the gardener himself.
I'll always admire my father for the ease with which he wore this duality: medical professional in New York, and man of the land and sea on the Vineyard. Even when alone on his boat, surrounded by only sun, wind and ocean, he would smilingly receive a radio hail from Ruth just checking that he was well and the fish were biting. When Dad retired, he and Mom settled on the Island.
Arnold was a life-long campaigner against racial, gender and class prejudice, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. He loved music and the performing arts, Mexican painting and sculpture, and his many friends. Arnold also loved his dogs a Golden Retriever was always a constant companion. Pop was charming and warm; universally admired by people he met. He was also calm and logical a reassuring presence for his patients, and a source of sound advice for his family as we navigated the storms of life. With his quiet intelligence, high standards, and unwavering ethics, he has always been -- and always will be -- the family's moral compass.
Arnold is survived by his children Julie Geiger; William and wife Donna Geiger; David Nathanson, wife Kathy McKeough, and their son Samuel; and Adam Geiger, wife Colette Beaudry and sons Addison and Aidan. All of us owe a special thanks to Sheryl Enos, CNA who cared for Dad with professionalism, love and compassion in his final months.
Dr Geiger was a gentleman; a prince among men. His wish for his children was simple, but profound: a long and happy life. He led by example.
Donations can be sent to Overlook CARE, 88 Masonic Home Rd, Charlton, MA 01507. Adam Geiger