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Myron Lee Wolbarsht

September 18, 1924 July 6, 2018
Myron Lee Wolbarsht
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Obituary for Myron Lee Wolbarsht

DURHAM: Myron Lee Wolbarsht, PhD., 93, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2018 at Hock Family Pavilion in Durham. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 18, 1924 to the late Samuel Wolbarsht and Rose Levine Wolbarsht.

After briefly attending the University of Maryland in his native Baltimore, Myron says he was drafted into the Army Air Corps during WWII for research work in “foreign lands” which Texas was to a boy from Baltimore. After discharge, he enrolled in the unusual liberal arts program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. He credits SJC with his lifelong love of argument, and the epithet his many colleagues use of ‘gadfly.’ After earning a doctorate in Physics at Johns Hopkins, Myron began doing research on vision at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1968 he accepted a post at Duke University and moved to Durham, NC with his family. Dr. Wolbarsht was instrumental in establishing the Duke Eye center, and has held posts as Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Psychology ever since. He is or has been a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Sigma Xi, the Torch Club, IEEE, the Laser Institute of America, a fellow of ASLMS, The Royal Society of Medicine, OSA, AAAS, SPIE, Biophysical Society, International Commission on Occupational Health, ACGIH, APIH, ACS and the Cosmos Club. More complete details of his career can be found at the following page on

Myron is survived by his son, Seth Wolbarsht; daughter, Selah (married to Robert Kaiser); Jeremy Wolbarsht; grandchildren, Aurora and Luke Wolbarsht; and great-granddaughter, Ava May Craig.

A graveside service will be held for the interment of his cremains at Baltimore National Cemetery this autumn.

Flowers will not be tolerated (his own words.) A note would be the most appropriate commemoration but if you must, donations may be made to St. John’s College (Annapolis, Maryland) or the Sigma Xi Foundation.

The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Direct mail may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 2913 Durham, N.C. 27715. Online condolences may be sent to

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