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Gerda Poll, 99, Retired Westport Gynecologist

WESTPORT, Conn. – Gerda Poll, of Westport, died April 21 at Norwalk Hospital from complications of a fractured leg, her family said. She was 99.

A Westport resident since 1975, Poll worked as a gynecologist and obstetrician.

Born Oct. 21, 1912, she was the only child of Nanette and Berthold Graetzer. Poll grew up in a large extended family in Vienna, Austria. Her uncle, a physician, was her role model for a future career in medicine as an obstetrician/gynecologist and later as a psychiatrist.

Poll graduated from the University of Vienna Medical School in 1938, one of the few women in her class. She was 27 when she fled Vienna with her first husband and came to the United States after spending a year in France. Her mother, uncle and many members of her family were killed in the Nazi concentration camps.

Once in the United State, Poll had to retrain to receive a medical license. She was a member of the attending staff at Mt. Sinai Medical Center for many years until her part-time retirement. Poll and her second husband moved to Westport in 1975.

An avid reader, she was an active book club member. Poll had a lifelong love of opera, played piano and bridge and swam regularly well into her mid-90s.

She is survived by two daughters; two sons-in law; and three grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Israel in Westport. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Westport EMS, Westport Public Library and the Obama presidential campaign.

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