Arthur M. Stockman, longtime Syracuse pediatrician and hospital medical director, died on May
31, 2023, after a long illness. He was 91.
After completing his residency at Upstate Medical Center, Dr. Stockman was recruited by
legendary Syracuse pediatrician Fred Roberts to join what became Roberts, Charles, Stockman,
and Starr, one of the top pediatric practices in Syracuse from 1962 into the 1990s.
This began his long career as a leader, teacher and lifelong student of medicine. While
practicing, Dr. Stockman served as Medical Staff President at Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital;
Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Community-General Hospital; and Associate Dean
and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Health Science Center. He established local allergy
and pediatric clinics and co-authored peer-reviewed studies for Nature and Pediatrics with
other Syracuse-area physicians.
After 30 years of pediatric practice, Dr. Stockman began a second career as the Medical
Director of Rome Hospital and Murphy Memorial Hospital in Rome, NY, then returned to
Syracuse and Community-General to serve as Medical Director and VP/Medical Affairs.
Still not quite ready to retire, he then transitioned into career number three, crisscrossing the
country as a Physician Surveyor for The Joint Commission, where—for another 13 years—he
applied his experience both in medical practice and management to teaching hospitals how to
better serve patients.
Health concerns forced his retirement from The Joint Commission at age 80, but he continued
to mentor medical students and advocate in the courtroom for under-served youth in Florida.
He kept up on his medical education through the end of his life.
He was actively involved in the Syracuse community as well. His was one of 12 founding families
of what is now Congregation Beth Shalom-Chevra Shas in DeWitt, and he served as its second
President. A closet musician, Dr. Stockman was an all-state trombonist in his school years and
later sang bass with the Syracuse University Oratorio Society.
Dr. Stockman was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and also
‘father’ to many rescued cats and dogs adopted by him and his children along the way.
Dr. Stockman’s wife, Joan, passed away in 2015. He is survived by his sister, Carol Goldsmith; his
children, Steve Stockman, Gary Stockman, Linda Stockman-Vines, and Mike Stockman step-
children Susan Eiswerth, Rob Salesman, Jana Timchack and Kerri Athanas; and over a dozen
grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the most recent of whom was born three days after his
A memorial service honoring Dr. Stockman’s life is planned for Syracuse, NY, early this fall.
Contributions in his memory can be made to the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center in
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.