Friday, 18 September 2020 12:54

David A. Wasser


SARATOGA SPRINGS — David A. Wasser, 95 passed away September 2, 2020. He was born in Toronto, Canada on May 22, 1925 to the late Max and Lina Wasser. He completed his preliminary and secondary education in the Toronto Public School System, then went on to receive his MD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. After graduation, David did his post-graduate training in the United States and Canada, completing his residency in Psychiatry at the State University of Iowa in July 1953.

David married the late Florence E. McAninch in September of 1953. They had three children together before her death in July of 1978.

In the early part of 1957, David came to Saratoga Springs to participate in providing community mental health services to Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. He was recognized by his medical colleagues and the Warren-Washington County Mental Health Association for his professional contribution to the community. David was also affiliated with a number of local health care institutions at various times, including Glens Falls, Saratoga, Mary McClellan, and Four Winds Hospitals. He was the past President of the Washington County Medical Society and The Capital District Branch of the American Psychiatry Association, as well as a Diplomate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

David was known to friends and family for his sense of humor.  He wanted to be remembered as an avid indoorsman.  Retiring from his professional practice in 2000, David felt fortunate to be part of a vibrant and caring community. He contributed and served on the governing boards of a number of cultural and service organizations including: Saratoga Chamber Players, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Music from Salem, Caffe Lena, Saratoga County Arts Council, Transitional Services Association, and Saratoga County Community Services Bd. David and his partner Lynne were enthusiastic concert goers and foreign travelers.

David is survived by his partner of 30 years Lynne Gelber; three children Rachel, John (Robin), and Eric (Jean); and grandchildren Nicole and Ian.

A concert in David’s honor will be arranged for next May close to what would have been his 96th birthday.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Saratoga Chamber Players; P.O. Box 60; Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Online remembrances may be made at

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