90-Year-Old Doctor Finally Ready to Retire

Dr. Irvin Jacobs prepares to put down his stethoscope for good

DALLAS, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A local doctor is hanging up his white coat for good after a career that spans more than six decades. The 90-year-old family physician has touched thousands of lives both in and out of the hospital.

Dr. Irvin Jacobs, MD said at 90-years-old, it just felt like the time was right to retire. He talked about his lengthy career, changes in medical care and keeping up with the times during all those years.

If it seems like caring for patients comes easy for Dr. Irvin Jacobs, it's probably because he's been a physician for a very long time. "Since 1953." His 64 year career began after graduating from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He shared a photo of him as a 26-year-old intern at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital tending to a patient in an oxygen tent. "That is typical of the care available at that time."

Through the years, Dr. Jacobs has seen major advances in medicine. "What immunizations did to prevent serious diseases." He's seen technological advances, too. Entering the computer age was no problem for Dr. Jacobs. He had his first computer in 1986. More recently, he's moved onto smart phones. 

Through it all, Dr. Jacobs' professional motivation has always been that personal bond formed with each patient. "It makes you feel pretty good. It keeps you coming back for more."

Myra Davis has been a patient of Dr. Jacobs since 1962. "He pays attention to you. He listens to you and he always seems like he's caring for you," said the Sweet Valley woman.

Doctors' office workers say it will be hard to part with him. "He is by far the best doctor, the best person I have ever met," said Carol Wittkamp. Despite a well-earned retirement, Dr. Jacobs says he'll miss his work. "I'll tell you, if I could I'd do it all over again."

Dr. Jacobs credits his success to his wife, Jewel, of 67 years. He looks forward to spending more time with her, his two children, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He also says he'll follow the advice he tells all of his patients -- eat healthy, exercise and socialize.


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