DR. JACK STECKLER ZOLLER died peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2020 surrounded by his family, in person and virtually, due to complications from COVID-19 . He was 91.
A lifelong New Orleanian, Dr. Zoller was a.graduate of Fortier High School and, later, Tulane University. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology for over 35 years and delivered thousands of babies. He often recalled the names of patients during a chance encounter and could be overheard saying, “Yeah, I think I delivered your sister’s kids.”
Zoller was married to Linda Malkin Zoller, of Memphis, from 1962 until the time of her passing in 1995.
Dr. Zoller was beloved by all who knew him as “Poppa Jack.” He treated everyone with dignity and respect. Wherever he went, he had a smile on his face, always offering a kind word or gesture. Jack made everyone feel as though he was their best friend. Though he was never the loudest voice in the room, people were always drawn to listen to Jack. He was a natural emcee and expert joke teller. He was an avid skier, and a longtime, part-time local for over 40 years at his second home in Telluride, Colorado.
Zoller enjoyed cooking fishing, jeeping and solving crossword puzzles. At any rate, he was quick-witted, loving and fair. He was active on the boards and leadership of many organizations, including West Jefferson Hospital and the Jewish Federation of New Orleans.
He is survived by his four children David (Sissy) Zoller of Dallas, Texas, Gary (Lisa) Zoller of, Glenn (Cindy) Zoller of Los Angeles, California, and Diana (Jason) Perkins of Tel Aviv, Israel; eight grandchildren and his partner Helen Wisdom.
Donations to the “Linda Malkin Zoller Designated Fund at the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana” in his memory are welcome. Online condolences may be left on his Facebook page. A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date.