Obituary of Dr. Gabriel Nigrin

Dr. Gabriel Nigrin passed away on February 26, 2017 at the age of 93 years old. He was born on December 6, 1923 and raised in Istanbul, Turkey to parents Victoria and Albert, who had three boys, Issac, Raphael and Gabriel. Raphael and Gabriel were identical twins. He became a medical doctor in 1947 at the University of Istanbul, and in the late 1940s served in the military as a physician Captain. He later subspecialized in Pediatric Endocrinology with a focus of treating children with juvenile diabetes.
He met his wife Lili Dolly Avramoglu in 1952 and they were married in 1954. In 1956 they immigrated to the United States and settled in Charlottesville, Virginia where he continued his medical practice at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, he was an Instructor at their medical school. In 1966, he received the very prestigious Robley Dunglison Award for excellence in teaching: https://www.med-ed.virginia.edu/handbook/awards/dunglison.cfm
Lili and Gabriel had three boys as well: Albert who was born in Charlottesville in 1958; Michael who was born in 1960 in Halifax, Canada; and Daniel who was also born in Charlottesville in 1965. In 1966 the Nigrins moved to Staten Island where Dr. Nigrin began working at the Brooklyn Hospital as an Associate Director of Pediatrics. In 1974 he assumed the same title at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City, where he also served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology. He also began teaching at the NYU and Downstate Medical Schools, where he was an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.
In 1970, together with Vladimir Adzemovic, he founded the Silver Lake Soccer Club. Soccer was not well recognized in the USA back in the early 70s but this slowly began to change. The SLSC started with only one team, but by the 1990s it included over 20 teams for boys and girls. Under Dr. Nigrin’s stewardship, the SLSC became the largest soccer club on Staten Island, winning many league titles and championships over the years. In 1994, he was a Staten Island Advance Service Award Winner. In 2003 he was one of the first inductees to the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Hall of Fame, and in 2006, Dr. Nigrin was inducted into the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association Hall of Fame for his incredible contribution to soccer in this area. In 2007, the Silver Lake Soccer Club changed its name to the Silver Lake Soccer Academy and it still thrives, providing for young people on Staten Island the opportunity to pursue the team sport that Dr. Nigrin loved so much.
Dr. Nigrin was a very generous and compassionate person who dedicated his life to helping children. As a pediatrician, he would speak to his newly diagnosed young patients and their families, in a warm caring manner and would help them cope with their condition in every way possible, including sharing his home telephone number for them to use at any time. And as one of the founders of youth soccer on Staten Island, which has since gone on to positively impact the lives of thousands of children, he helped to shape young men and women in different ways, teaching them humility, tolerance, teamwork and friendship.
Dr. Nigrin is survived by his wife Lili Dolly; his son Albert and wife Irene; his son Michael and wife Nadejda with granddaughters Maya and Dana; and his son Daniel with grandsons Benjamin, Nathan and Harrison.

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