Kingston Daily Freeman, Tuesday, January 5, 1960
Dr. Van Gaasbeek Dies on Monday, Leading Surgeon
Dr. Chester B. Van Gaasbeek, 65, prominent physician and surgeon, died Monday at his home on Flower Lane off Lucas Avenue Extension. Since 1924 when he took up practice of his profession in this city after completion of seven years of medical service with the U.S. Navy, he had been one of the leading physicians and surgeons of the area.
Born in Kingston, son of Judson and Florence Bruce Van Gaasbeek, he attended Kingston schools, was graduated from Kingston Academy and attended Albany Medical College from which he was graduated in 1917. He entered the United States Navy, serving during World War I aboard the Transport USS America and also aboard a tanker. At the conclusion of World War I he was placed in charge of a base hospital in the Virgin Islands until 1924. Then he returned to Kingston and took up the practice here.
Was Medical Society Officer
A member of the Ulster County Medical Society, he served for a number of years as secretary of that society. Dr. Van Gaasbeek was a member of the staff of Kingston Hospital and served as chairman of the Medical Board. He was a member of the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Van Gaasbeek served as Kingston police surgeon and also as Kingston Fire Department surgeon. At the time of his death he was honorary police surgeon.
During World War II he was plant physician at Electrol, Incorporated, here.
In addition to the positions which he held in the medical profession, he was a director of Wiltwyck Golf Club of Kingston and a member of the Reformed Church of the Comforter.
Besides his wife, Naomi Van Zandt Van Gaasbeek, survivors are, two sons, Dr. Glenn D. Van Gaasbeek of Kingston and Dr. J. Bruce Van Gaasbeek of Albany; five grandsons and a sister, Mrs. Henry Valentine of California.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 1 Pearl Street. Burial will be in Hurley Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday evening 7 to 9 p.m.
~ Courtesy of fultonsearch.org, database of Tom Tryniski