Dr. Harold Haft, Delaware County Memorial Hospital Neurosurgeon, Administrator Dies at 94

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Dr. Haft and his wife, Virginia,

A neurosurgeon and hospital administrator with strong ties to Delaware County Memorial Hospital has died at age 94, writes Gary Miles for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Harold Haft of Haverford died Jan. 19, of lymphoma at the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford.

Dr. Haft started in 1966 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. He was a surgeon there, as well as president of the hospital’s medical staff; creator of the ethics, and risk management committees; and operating room committee chairman.

In 1989, he shut down his private practice to become Delaware County Memorial’s vice president of medical affairs. He retired in 2006.

 “This is a logical and exciting culmination of my career in medicine,” Dr. Haft told The Inquirer in 1989.

Even after retirement, he was a part-time volunteer physician at the hospital’s cancer center tumor registry until 2019.

He was honored as a Doctor of Distinction by the hospital in 2012.

Dr. Haft moved to the Quadrangle in 2008. He stayed active with current events, science, and medicine.

 “His presence could be awe-inspiring,” said his daughter, Adele Haft. “My friends were often in awe of him.”

Read more about the life of Dr. Harold Haft at The Philadelphia Inquirer.