Eli Sorkow

January 10, 1923 ~ September 7, 2010

Dr. Eli Sorkow, 87, of Lake Charles passed away after a brief illness at 4:29 PM, Tuesday, September 7, 2010 in a local hospital.

He was a native of New York City and moved to Lake Charles in 1954 after serving his intership in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Sorkow was a Veteran of the U. S. Army serving in the Medical Detachment of the 1884th Service Command Unit during W. W. II. Dr. Sorkow served in Family Practice of Medicine for over fifty years in Lake Charles and was a member of Temple Sinai.

Survivors included his wife Claire Kushner Sorkow; two sons, Louis Charles "Casey" Sorkow and William Edward Sorkow all of Lake Charles; two sisters, Addis Sirota and Rita Gordon both of New York; five grandchildren, Zachary, Paige, Alexander, Katy, and Ben and two great grandchildren.

His funeral service will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 10, 2010 at Temple Sinai on Hodges Street in Lake Charles followed by a brief Cemetery Service in Orange Grove Cemetery. Rabbi Barry Weinstein will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM, on Thursday in the funeral home and continue from 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM, Friday morning, at Temple Sinai.

Donations can be made to the Tree of Life Fund of Temple Sinai, the American Heart Association, or the Cancer Society.

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  2. Dr. Sorkow was physician for both my maternal and paternal grandparents. They swore by him. He served them during a time when many white docotors did not serve African-American patients. Dr. Sorkow's commitment to the Hypocratic Oath made him an exception to what most of his peers adhered to during the period of segregation. We are thankful for his longtime practice in Lake Charles. Best wishes to his family as you enjoy his legacy and,Dr. Michael G. Ford

  3. I was gravely injured in an accident in 1979. While trying to pull my head up from a ditch I was thrown in, I could only make out a shoe next to my face with a man kneeling down there with me who said in the calmest, most caring voice I have ever heard Its gonna be okay. My name is Sorkow and I'm a doctor. I'm going to be right here with you. He took charge of directing those important moments of emergency care that saved my life and later checked in on me over the extended time I spent in the hospital. He was not one of my physicians, never was paid and never expected to be. When he came upon the accident, he didn't think twice, didn't worry about being sued, he just did what was right– a true example of the Hippocratic Oath, and just who Eli Sorkow was inside. Thank you again for the many years of living I have been blessed to enjoy because of you, Dr. S. May those that love you find as much peace at this time as you gave on that day. Godspeed.

  4. I was so saddended to learn of Dr. Sorkows passing. I use to mow the camp in Big Lake for him years ago. He was a good man and I never heard anything bad about him. I enjoyed our visits when our paths crossed. He will be missed. Your family are in my prayers today. Pete Young

  5. Mrs Sorkow and Family,I share your feelings on the passing of a great man. He will be remembered forever. I want to thank him one more time for all the things he had done in educating me as a responsible Family Physician.Eulogio Tan,MD LSU FP Program Batch 1976

  6. Mrs. Claire Sorkow and Paige.Sorry to learn of the demise of Dr. Sorkow. I enjoyed working with him as a nurse and at the Mayor's office as he served on many boards while I was there.Give my love to Paige. My prayers are with all of you.

  7. Mrs. Sorkow and Family, Dr. Sorkow was our family physician from the time my parents moved to Lake Charles in 1959 until his retirement. He delivered 5 of the 6 children. My mother, Cloma Broussard, swore by him and has always said there was no one better than him. If he said it she believed it, ha. In the years as Ive matured, I really believe her. He was concerned, made time for you, didnt believe in always handing out medicine for any little thing. Just good old fashioned doctoring.I would like to take this time to thank him for his dedicated service to his patients, family and community. He was an awesome physician and an even better man for all he gave of himself. The world has truly lost a great individual. Thank you for sharing him with us. Jill Broussard Breaux.

  8. Mrs. Sorkow, Casey Bill, I'm so sorry for your loss. I will always have very fond memories of Dr. Sorkow. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.Karen

  9. Paige and the Sorkow family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I worked at LCMH Home Health/Hospice about 16 years ago and Dr. Sorkow was the Medical Director there at the time. He was a wonderful, caring doctor who always enjoyed talking about his family (children and grandchildren). It was a privilege working with him. As you go through life's greatest sorrow, may you have comfort today, courage for tomorrow and love and peace in your heart always. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  10. To the Sorkow family I am so sorry for your loss. Upon moving to Lake Charles in 1967 we chose Dr Sorkow as our family physician. He cared for us until his retirement. It was always nice to see him out and about town after he retired. We will keep you in out thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

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