August 18, 2022 ~ 22 Av 5782
Norman Allen Cummings, M.D., F.A.C.P., passed away on August 18, 2022, at the age of 87. He died in Louisville, KY, where he practiced his passion for medicine for over 40 years.
Norman was born on March 26, 1935, to loving parents Maurice and Bertha in New York City. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School, a school specializing in math and science; this is where Norman’s passion for medicine was cultivated. After graduating a semester early in January of 1952, he went on to graduate from New York University with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Norman earned his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate, and served Internal Medicine Residencies at The Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. This was followed by extended fellowships in Rheumatology in Ann Arbor and Bellevue Medical Center in New York City. Norman then became Medical Officer and Head of the Connective Tissue Program at the National Institute of Health, where he stayed for eleven years until he accepted the position of the Director of the Arthritis Center at the University of Louisville.
In 1983, Norman opened his private practice in Rheumatology, where he had warm and respectful relationships with many patients who loved, trusted, and appreciated him. He was revered for being a kind and compassionate physician by both his patients and colleagues. He was known for his attentiveness to his patients’ needs, never rushing their care, and often staying late in the office to ensure each patient was given the time they needed. Norman loved going to the hospital on weekends to visit patients and see colleagues. His children loved to accompany him on a Saturday morning, proudly seeing their dad interact with other doctors and waiting in the lounge while he saw patients.
Norman loved spending time with his family outdoors, sailing, biking, and fishing. Many great memories were formed during summers at the lake. Norman also had a wonderful sense of humor and loved sharing a good joke, or two, with friends and family.
Norm encouraged education and shined in his role in the Adult Education Program at Temple Shalom. He looked forward to the Tuesday Torah Study with Rabbi Beth Jacowitz Chottiner and his fellow students, satisfying his ongoing passion for knowledge and learning.
Norman was preceded in death by his devoted parents, Maurice and Bertha, and his older sister Nanette.
He is survived by his loving wife Elaine L. Cummings, his son Marshall (Tasha), daughter Lisa Penn (Allan) and adored grandchildren, Nick, Jax, Griffin, Charlotte, Myles, and Maya. Norman encouraged his children to reach for their dreams and goals and was immensely proud of their happiness, kindness, and achievements.
On Tuesday, August 23, visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc. 1338 Ellison Ave, Louisville, followed by his funeral service beginning at 12:30 p.m. The burial will follow at Temple Shalom section at Keneseth Israel Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Norman A. Cummings can be made to The JFCS Sonny and Janet Meyer Food Pantry, 2821 Klempner Way, Louisville, KY 40205 or The Arthritis Foundation, 2908 Brownsboro Road, #117, Louisville, KY 40206. Donate Here to The Arthritis Foundation