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Sheldon "Shelly" Braverman

Obituary for Sheldon "Shelly" Braverman

June 27, 1935 - November 7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 83


Sheldon "Shelly" Braverman, beloved husband to Phyllis Braverman, father, grandfather, uncle, philanthropist and friend passed away on November 6, 2018. He was the son of Max and Mildred Braverman.

Born in the Bronx, NY, Shelly grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from Erasmus High School, received his undergraduate degree from New York University and attended medical school at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. During medical school he married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Glick, to whom he remained happily married for 62 years. He opened a private practice in ophthalmology in Baltimore after a surgical internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at Baltimore Eye and Ear Hospital, and a fellowship in the budding subspecialty of retina surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. After only one year in practice, Uncle Sam came calling and Shelly became Captain Braverman, US Army Medical Corps and Chief of Ophthalmology at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. After 2 years of military service, Shelly and Phyllis settled in San Antonio and never wandered again.

The first retina surgeon in South Texas, Shelly started his private practice in downtown San Antonio on Evergreen Avenue, later moving to North Main. He was an early proponent of outpatient surgery and started the Ocular Surgery Center on North Main in 1987. He was always on the cutting edge of ophthalmology, a skilled surgeon, Fellow of the American College of Surgery, and a past president of the San Antonio Ophthalmology Society. His practice was always a source of great pride and pleasure to him and he thoroughly enjoyed his interactions with his patients and his dedicated staff.

As the son of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, he was a lover of Jewish causes and culture. An avid Zionist, he visited the state of Israel numerous times and was involved in Israel Bonds, Jewish Federation of San Antonio, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Services, and the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). He was also intimately involved in the founding of the Holocaust Memorial of San Antonio.

A true renaissance man, Shelly was a painter, gardener, and an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Well-read, he particularly enjoyed discussing politics, history, and economics. He travelled extensively and amassed a huge collection of doctor figurines that he proudly displayed to the great delight of his patients.

Shelly is survived by his two sons: Richard Braverman & wife, Abbie; Stuart Braverman & wife, Angela; daughter, Susan Blumenthal & husband Jon; grandchildren: Charlotte, Adeline, Cooper, Aoife, Declan, Claire and Kate.

A Service will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Beth El. Interment will follow in Beth El Memorial Park.

Contributions may be made in his memory to Musical Bridges Around the World (donate at or FIRST Israel, the Israeli branch of FIRST, whose mission is "to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators" (donate at and specify in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Braverman for use in specific region of "Israel")

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  • FIRST Israel, whose mission is "to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators" When donating please specify in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Braverman for use in specific region of "Israel"
  • FIRST Israel, the Israeli branch of FIRST

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