George Z. Heimbach, M.D., of Bethlehem, PA, died on October 23, 2015, at Kirkland Village, Bethlehem. He was 84 years old. He was the husband of Elizabeth (Weaver) Heimbach. This year, they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Born in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Eugene D. and Leontine (Zimmerman) Heimbach. In 1953, George earned a BS from The Citadel, and then received his M.D. degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He went on to become a Captain in the US Air Force Medical Corps, and in 1958 was an opening officer of the Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota, including the 478th USAF Dispensary. George maintained a Family Practice in Allentown for 6 years before entering a Radiology residency at West Reading Hospital. He studied at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Hospital. He was a partner in Easton Radiology Associates at Easton Hospital, where he practiced General and Interventional Radiology and was an instructor in the school of Radiological Technology until his retirement. Dr. Heimbach introduced Sonography to Easton Hospital, and was a diplomat of the American boards of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, certified by the Atomic Energy Commission. He was a member of the Northampton County and Pennsylvania Medical Societies. An Eagle Scout, he was a former Assistant Scout Master of the Liberty Bell Troop #40 at Zion’s UCC Church in Allentown. He was a former Trustee of Moravian Academy and of the Pathway School of Audubon, PA, as well as a cofounder of The Gateway School of the Lehigh Valley. He served as Vice Chairman of the South Whitehall Township Planning Commission for many years, and was a member of several Grundsow Lodsches. George was a life member of the Association of Citadel Alumni, Hahnemann University Alumni, Men of Muhlenberg Medical Center, Liberty Bell Shrine, and the Guthsville Rod and Gun Club. He also graduated from the Barnes Arboretum School, and was a prize-winning horticulture and travel photographer. A long time member of the Morris Arboretum, he and his wife took horticultural trips under Arboretum auspices. George was also a land and sea private pilot, and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was an avid automobile enthusiast, and took auto mechanics courses at Northampton Community College. He also enjoyed making model railroads. George sat on the Bethlehem Board of Architectural Review, and was a member of the Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites. He was a member of Central Moravian Church, where he was a Sacristan and Safety officer. Survivors: He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; their sons Daniel E. of Silver Spring, MD, and David G. with daughter-in-law Ginette Meluso and granddaughter Vivian G. Heimbach of Malvern, PA; nieces Catherine Weaver Mauran, Kirsten Weaver Reali, nephews James Thomas Weaver and Stephan Perry Cole, great-nieces Meghan Mcdermott, Olivia and Hannah Reali, great-nephew Evan Mcdermott, and great-great-niece Charlize Mcdermott. Services: Funeral services are private. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to The Long Funeral Home, Inc, Bethlehem. A memory tribute may be placed at Contributions: to Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 18018; or to Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, 74 W. Broad St., Suite 260, Bethlehem, PA 18018 – See more at:

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