Alvin Sheldon Obituary, Dr. Alvin Sheldon “Al” Age 91, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, passed away

Alvin Sheldon Obituary, Death – Dr. Alvin Sheldon “Al” Zelickson, 91, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, died away quietly on May 30, 2021, surrounded by family. Al was a native of Minnesota, having been born on May 13th, 1930, and raised in Minneapolis. His preferred work title was Papa, and he was a highly regarded and accomplished doctor, businessman from the Twin Cities, and philanthropist. Spending time with his devoted family brought him the most joy. He graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1948 and went on to the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate studies and medical school, where he placed first in his class. He obtained a distinguished internship at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital after graduating.

He worked as a doctor at Parris Island Marine Base in Beaufort, South Carolina, from 1957 to 1959 while serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy. Dr. Zelickson completed his dermatology residency at the University of Minnesota. He established Skin Specialists, Ltd. as his private practice in 1959 and later joined the faculty as a professor and clinical teacher of dermatology there. According to Terry Rivard, Al’s loyal assistant of more than 50 years, he was “renowned for his remarkable recall and clinical acumen” and loved his profession as a doctor. In the Medical Arts Building in downtown Minneapolis, Edina, and the Medical Building in Wayzata, Skin Specialists had offices. It was a busy and well-regarded medical practice.

One of his many joys was handing over control of his practice to his son, Dr. Brian Zelickson. He adored his patients who traveled from all over to visit Dr. Z. At the age of 31, Dr. Zelickson established himself in the field of dermatology thanks to an honorable grant from the National Cancer Institute and his groundbreaking research in electron microscopy and his examination of skin cancer cells. Al was well-known for his achievements and gave lectures at several medical conferences in Europe and the United States. On a wide range of topics, including malignancies brought on by viruses and medications that alter the eyes and skin, he produced numerous medical articles and textbooks.

Dr. Zelickson served on staff at Mount Sinai, Abbott, Fairview, the former Minneapolis General Hospital, now HCMC, and at one point served as team doctor and medical advisor for the MN Twins baseball club. He was acknowledged for many years as one of Minnesota’s Top Doctors. He worked on various medical and business boards and was a member of the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society, the American Dermatological Society, Oak Ridge Country Club, Lafayette Club, and Temple Israel. Al was 91 years old and opposed to retirement. He cherished dressing up and heading to work downtown in a suit and tie.

In order to expand his numerous real estate, business, and investment opportunities that had already been established during his six-decade career, he moved to a new office that was only 4 floors down in the same building as his medical practice that he had operated in for over 50 years when he decided to stop practicing medicine in 2015. He continued to work until the very end, and he was happy to guide and instruct his grandchildren in business. Al also enjoyed playing. He played tennis frequently and passed along his knowledge to his grandsons, bringing enjoyment to three generations. He loved to travel extensively with his family and equally loved spending time at Lake Minnetonka with them.

In addition to giving his life significance, his wife Sue of 64 years kept him very busy by supporting charitable events, going to art shows, and his favorite activity—attending restaurant openings throughout the Twin Cities. His family was the most important thing in the world to him. He spoke to his two sons, Barry and Brian, every morning, had regular family meals, had his four grandchildren’s phone numbers saved for “Papa Chats,” and offered fatherly counsel and support in everything. He acknowledged his great fortunate in claiming both personal and professional success, adding, “Hard effort pays off and knowing what you’re doing helps!” Everyone will remember him for his love of friends and family, as well as for a life well lived.

His mother Dinah Kaplan Zelickson Wolson, brother-in-law Robert Gordon, sister-in-law Judy Wolson, and father Max Zelickson all predeceased him. wife Sue Zipperman Zelickson; sons Barry (Lisa) and Dr. Brian (Mary McCarthy); grandchildren Zachary, Nicole, Eve, and Arlo Zelickson; sisters Baylee Gordon and Elliot Wolson; sister-in-law Connie (Dr. Myron) Samovitz; and other nieces, nephews, and close friends are still alive. The ICU at North Memorial Hospital and the medical personnel at Regency Hospital are sincerely appreciated by our family for their kindness and knowledge during this trying time. No Shiva, just a private family service and burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Donations in memory of Al may be made to the charity of the donor’s choosing, or to either the following places: Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Avenue, or Perspectives – Kids Cafe, 3381 Gorham Avenue, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426.

Alvin Sheldon Obituary, Death – Dr. Alvin Sheldon “Al” Zelickson, 91, of Golden Valley, Minnesota, died away quietly on May 30, 2021, surrounded by family. Al was a native of Minnesota, having been born on May 13th, 1930, and raised in Minneapolis. His preferred work title was Papa, and he was a highly regarded and…