2011

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Amos J. Minkel

Dr. Amos J. Minkel, Jr. was a family physician and one of the last in the area to make house calls. Born and raised in Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School as valedictorian and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and received his medical degree from the UB Medical School. After graduation, he served as an intern at Buffalo General Hospital until he entered the U.S. Army Medical Corp. in 1944 where he served until 1946. He worked as a family physician in Hamburg alongside his father; Dr. Amos J. Minkel, Sr., from 1947 until his father’s death in 1952. He remained working in Hamburg until joining St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica in 1977 as an emergency room physician. He and his wife, Louise, moved to Thomasville, GA in 1987 where he worked part-time as a physician in an urgent care facility. After the death of his wife in 1993, he returned to Hamburg and worked part-time in the OLV Primary Care Center in Orchard Park until he retired in 2000. Dr. Amos J. Minkel, Jr. died at the age of 92 on June 4, 2011.