Dr. Bert Myers rites set for Friday
BERT MYERS, M.D., a surgeon associated with the Veterans Administration and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, died on June 6, 2021 at the age of 92.
A New Orleans native, he attended Lusher Elementary School, Isidore Newman High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Tulane University School of Medicine, where he graduated first in his class in 1951.
Dr. Myers completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Touro Infirmary, the hospital where he was born in 1928. He served two years as a staff surgeon in the United States Public Health Service. He later operated a private practice in surgery for 11 years in the Crescent City before becoming a professor of surgery at LSU’s School of Medicine. Dr. Myers worked for 33 years as a staff surgeon at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Orleans.
He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, Southeastern Surgical Society, the Louisiana and the New Orleans Surgical Society, serving as its secretary and president in the 1980s. He was elected to membership in the Southern Surgical Association and the American Hernia Society.
Although not a plastic surgeon, he was asked to be in and was an active member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Research Council. He co-authored and published a medical text book “Skin Flaps” and wrote chapters in five other medical text books. He published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals. He was a visiting professor or guest lecturer at over 25 academic institutions worldwide.
Dr. Myers also had a lifelong interest in fine art photography, and studied with Eugene Delcroix, Ansel Adams, and Michael A. Smith. He was one of the pioneers in holography, and made many 3-D images of medical subjects, trying to develop the technique as a medical teaching tool. After retirement from medicine, he became a full time fine art photographer, specializing in images made from X-rays and high contrast derivations from conventional images.
He published two books about art. The first was “Festival of Fins 2000,” a documentation of a public art display in New Orleans, and the second was “The Inner Beauty of Nature-X-RAY Photography,” the first book written about X-ray art, which included both history and technique. He had shows of his art in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Florida, Mississippi, as well as in Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Portland, He also showed his work internationally in Scotland, England, France, and Hungary. His work is in private collections worldwide.
Myers taught photography at the Jewish Community Center, Tulane University, the free University of New Orleans, and the PEOPLE program in New Orleans.
He was predeceased by his wife, the former Joel Grossman Myers, and is survived by his 3 children, Brad Myers (Bernita), Melanie Bronfin (Daniel), and Eve Herman and eight grandchildren. His family gratefully requests that memorials be made to WYES or to the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Rabbi Daniel Sherman presided over a funeral service on Friday, June 11 at 12 noon.
The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.