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Howard A. Leister, M.D. of Doylestown, PA died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Doylestown Hospital. He was 78.

He was the beloved husband of Irene E. Lickman Leister for 49 years.

Born in Bristol, PA, he was the son of the late Howard I. and Edith M. Green Leister of Glen Aston Farms, Bensalem, PA.

Dr. Leister was a resident of Doylestown for the past 4 years and formerly lived in Newtown for 40 years. Howard graduated from Bensalem High School and earned his undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, Class of 1955.

After graduating from Jefferson Medical School he served as the commanding officer of a MASH Hospital in Korea from 1960 to 1962. Dr. Leister was a family physician for more than 40 years in Newtown, PA.

He was a long time member and past president of the Newtown Rotary Club. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Bucks County Medical Society and the Newtown Reliance Company.

Howard loved his family and friends and had an active social life. He was an avid traveler, gardener, sailor and art collector. He truly loved life and helped so many throughout his community. He will be sadly missed as a devoted husband, brother, and friend to all who knew him.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his sister, Grace Stetson and her husband, Dr. Harold Stetson, of Newtown, PA and his two brothers-in law, Rev. Peter D. Lickman of Miami, FL and John M. Lickman of New Philadelphia, PA. He is also survived by his niece, Edith, and his two nephews, Rob and Harold.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 8, 2012, from 9:30 AM until his Funeral Service 11:00 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road) Richboro, PA 18954. His interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Parvee Foundation, C/O Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Calling on Thursday, March 8, 2012, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road) Richboro, PA 18954.
March 08 2012 - 11:00 am
Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home
800 Newtown-Richboro Road, Richboro, PA 18954
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On February 10th, 2014 at 03:31 pm, Larry L Morris (Hoare) wrote...

I served with Howard in 1960 at the 48th Surg Hosp (MA). As a brand new medic Howard was not only my Commanding Officer he was my friend and mentor. we took our R&R's together, one to HongKong and the other to Japan. so very sorry to hear of his passing.

On July 02nd, 2012 at 06:59 pm, James A. Eberwine wrote...

In 1960-61 in our BOQ in Korea, Howard indicated his plan to become a famous mid-eastern physician. He appears to have done even better for his lower buck's county patients. God bless the man, popular among physician peers in 1960-61.
Jim Eberwine, MSC, a combat medical evacuation helicopter pilot, supporting the medical mission, all my life. jimeberwine@

On March 10th, 2012 at 05:03 am, david leonard wrote...

dear mrs. leister,
please accept my condolences on dr. leister's passing. he was our doctor while we were growing up and i respected and trusted him implicitly. what a good guy. i will keep you in my prayers.

On March 08th, 2012 at 06:34 am, Brunetti Family wrote...

Dear Irene
Our sincere sympathies on Dr. Leister's death. Although he was our friend we will always remember him as "Doctor" Leister.
We fondly remember our office vists as well as his vists to our home to care for our small children. He was the BEST. We are indeed grateful for the service he provided to our family an will remember him in our prayers.
Rich, Sr., Mary Lou, Rich, Jr., Maria, Danny and Joey

On March 07th, 2012 at 05:10 pm, Robert Eichfeld wrote...

Howard, I'm going to miss you, my friend. Over the last many years we shared many breakfasts and lots of good conversations about travel, Rotary, politics and life as it is lived. Thanks for the stories and the friendship. Our trip to Sri Lanka to launch aid projects with Rotarians in Colombo and Kandy will remain a fond memory for me. You became a rock star there and made so many friends among those we met. You did more good in this world than just about anyone by being a physician, a traveler with a mission, and a close colleague to many of us. Irene, we share your loss but take solace in having known Howard and been touched by the life he lead.


Bob Eichfeld

On March 07th, 2012 at 04:20 pm, Earl and Carol Stalker wrote...

We are so sad to hear of Dr. Leister's passing.
He will be remembered by SO many people. Especially our family.
I will always picture him sitting in his office with his medical books behind him with a picture of his Dad on the wall.
You did so much for our family.
My heart goes out to you. We will remember you and Howard in our prayers.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
He was so active in our town that he touched so many lives he will ALWAYS be remembered.

On March 07th, 2012 at 04:16 pm, Earl and Carol Stalker wrote...

Dear Irene,
Very sad to hear of Dr. Leister's passing. He was truly a great doctor, neighbor, and a man who was involved in all of the Boro, schools, and so much more.
I can still see him sitting at his desk with the picture of his father behind him with all his medical books. I will remember him that way and smile at his sense of humor(dry as it was).
He will be missed by SO many people.
Our family is the better for all of his care- And yours.
My heart goes out to you. You are in our prayers.
Love and condolences, sincerely, to you and all your family.

On March 07th, 2012 at 03:55 pm, Steve Gyurcsak wrote...

We have lost a true gentle man who knew so many. So Howard, as you continue on to the heavens on your jouney you take a part of us . Thank you for leaving a part of you. Take care Irene he loved you well,and will forever keep a his loving eye's on you. Steve

On March 07th, 2012 at 01:23 pm, Anonymous wrote...

Doctor Leister was my doctor for more than 35 years. As he said during my last visit- he was a friend. I will miss him as a friend and as a doctor. He was a rare and wonderful doctor and I was honored to be called his friend.
Marge Heger

On March 07th, 2012 at 06:38 am, Carrie Lynne Chase-Juba wrote...

Dear Mrs. Leister,
There are not many doctors who would put up with a young girl that came into his office, hop on his table,drive him crazy and call him "Howie". He was a wonderful friend to our family. Our prayers go out to you. With love, Carrie Lynne Chase-Juba

On March 06th, 2012 at 08:25 am, Ed Rodler wrote...

Howard, you will be truly missed by me. Our happy breakfast meeting at "Fred" in New Hope and luncheons.Fun time sailing on Lake Nockomixon and share your memories of cruising on Celebrity Cruises. rest in peace, good buddy.Ed.

On March 06th, 2012 at 07:45 am, Joe and Sue Torpey wrote...

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy.Howard was an amazing man and we will miss he greatly.
Our love to Irene, Howard will live on in our hearts forever.
Sue and Joe

On March 06th, 2012 at 07:28 am, The Donovans wrote...

So sad to hear this. We Loved Dr. Leister. He was a wonderful person and an Excellent Doctor. They don't make them like him anymore. Thank you for everything and you will be missed. Our Thoughts go out to Irene and the rest of the family.

On March 06th, 2012 at 06:17 am, Elly & John Straw wrote...

Dear Irene--So sorry to hear of Dr. Leister' passing.
He will be surely missed by you especially & all his patients.
My thoughts & prayers are with you
Sincerely, Elly

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