Obituary of PHILIP SCHREIBER
January 20, 1925- February 23, 2023
World War II veteran and proud father of six, Philip Schreiber, left this earth on February 23. He will be dearly missed by the many people who knew and loved him, and thousands of others whose lives he touched through his public speaking, volunteer work, and community involvement.
He leaves behind four daughters, two sons, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, beloved partner, Faina Ginsburg, and many nieces and nephews throughout the United States. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of fifty years, Molly Schreiber, along with three brothers.
Philip was honored to have served as radio operator on US Naval LST 991, during World War II. He fought in several major battles including those at Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. He also served in the US Naval Reserves during the Korean War, and was courier for the State Department serving on VJ Day.
Immensely proud of his years of service, he regaled countless audiences with first-hand accounts of eyewitness experiences. His meticulously annotated archives of these experiences are now housed in naval museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institute and US Naval Academy. His accounts are also included in the Rutgers Oral History Archives.
Born in 1925, Philip grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from Pace University, and had a long, accomplished career in the pharmaceutical industry. Former president of Congregation Beth Shalom in Iselin New Jersey, Philip also served as a long-time trustee of congregation Adath Israel in Woodbridge Township. He served in countless other volunteer positions throughout his long life, including as a JFK Hospital visitation volunteer and blood donor into his mid-90s.
In his deepest heart of hearts was the State of Israel. Accordingly, Philip made many visits there and engaged in massive fundraising efforts, managing to raise over a million dollars for Israeli charities. After retiring, he served briefly as a volunteer for the Israeli Army.
Possessing an expansive, multifaceted intellect until the end, Philip retained a broad range of knowledge about history, geography, current events, Judaism, medicine, classical music, literature, philatelics, and, most recently, algorithms. An award-winning author of hundreds of articles on nautical and naval history, he wrote for various publications in the field and was working on a new article at the time of his death.
Philip epitomized the words "lust for life." Until the end, his life brimmed with family, learning, service, and courage. He will be remembered most dearly for his incredible sense of humor, voracious intelligence, and devotion to family. We are profoundly grateful to have had him for all the years that we did. May his precious soul rest in peace.