DR. DAVID KEYSER was born in Philadelphia on September 23, 1908 to Harry and Minnie Keyser, both of whom had come to America from Russia. He was the second of at least four children, coming after Rose and before Henrietta and Lillian. His father worked as a butcher. The 1920 Census shows the family at 742 Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, in what was then a predominantly Jewish neighborhood.
David Keyser graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1926 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1930. He proceeded to continue his studies at Hahnemann Medical College, in Philadelphia, where he graduated in 1934. After serving his internship at Baltimore General Hospital, Dr. Keyser did his residency at West Jersey Hospital in Camden from 1935 to 1937.
Dr. Keyser was a general practitioner, and kept offices at his home at 1518 Baird Avenue in Camden's Parkside neighborhood. He remained affiliated with West Jersey Hospital. From 1942 to 1946 Dr Keyser served in the United States Army Medical Cops, where he reached the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Camden County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, and the West Jersey Homeopathic Society. He served the City of Camden for many years as the Chief of its Health Department.
Dr. Keyser married Ruth Richman, who was born and raised in Camden, and who was one of the first female attorneys in the area. The Keysers had two children, Barbara Jo and Paul Ira Keyser.
Dr. Keyser passed away in August of 1975.
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