Washington Podiatrist Julius J.Gottleib, 89

By Patricia Sullivan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Julius J. Gottlieb, 89, a Washington podiatrist for nearly 50 years who treated Mamie Eisenhower at the White House while running an integrated practice with his brother, died of aortic stenosis Dec. 15 at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore. He lived in Darnestown.

Dr. Gottlieb, who began working as a podiatrist in the District in 1943, had co-owned Gottlieb Brothers Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Morris Gottlieb at 14th and Harvard streets NW since 1950, then moved to 3900 McKinley St. NW in 1970. His brother died in 1988, and Dr. Gottlieb continued to run the clinic until he retired in 1992.

The brothers insisted on running an integrated practice, including their waiting room, at a time when few Washington businesses and medical offices did. He treated a number of White House staff members during the Eisenhower administration, including the first lady, and his oral history is included in the collection at the Eisenhower Presidential Library .

During World War II, when they were civilian consultants to the Army Orthopedic Footwear Clinic in Boston, he and his brother invented the fiberglass foot appliance and the silicone foot appliance, devices that are placed inside shoes for orthopedic support.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., he attended New York University and transferred to what is now the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Ill. In response to demand for medical professionals during World War II, he moved to what is now the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine where he received an accelerated doctoral degree in surgical chiropody in 1943.

In Washington, he sponsored one of the earliest telethons, to raise money for the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington; organized the local Jewish policemen's union; and patented his invention of an automobile litter bag that gas stations imprinted with their logos and gave out during the 1950s.

He won a number of professional and community awards, including Foot Specialist of the Year from the American Association of Foot Specialists in 1973, and the Shofar Award from the Jewish Committee on Scouting in 1972. He was a past board member of Temple Israel in Silver Spring and the Hebrew Home for the Aged of Greater Washington. He was a member of Kehilat Shalom Synagogue in Gaithersburg after he moved to Darnestown 33 years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Charlotte Gottlieb of Darnestown; five children, Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb of Baltimore, Cyndy Weitz of Kensington, Lorinda Weinstock of Geneva, N.Y., Dr. David Gottlieb of Columbia and Jonathan Gottlieb of Bethesda; a brother; and 13 grandchildren.

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