Dr. Arthur R. Koppisch of Kingston, N.J., died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at University Medical Center in Plainsboro after suffering a fall at home. He would have turned 87 on Jan. 25.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Paul's R.C. Church, 214 Nassau St., Princeton, at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton.
Dr. Koppisch was born in Elizabeth to Marie Wojtelko and Arthur R. Koppisch, who owned the Koppisch Pharmacy on East Jersey Street for many years. He graduated in the top 10 of his class in 1946 from Thomas Jefferson High School. He earned his undergraduate and medical school degrees from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
As a newly minted doctor, he married Annemarie Ard, also of Elizabeth, and joined the Air Force. They moved to Enid, Oklahoma, and he served at Vance AFB. As their family grew, they moved back to Elizabeth and he did his residency in pediatrics at St. Michael's Hospital, Newark. He had his own pediatrics practice in Roselle before heading back to Georgetown in 1966 to study psychiatry. He practiced as a psychiatrist at Perth Amboy General Hospital, Elizabeth General Medical Center and Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center in Bridgewater. He lived in Murray Hill for 20 years before moving to Kingston in 1989.
Arthur, a dog lover, enjoyed a wide range of interests and hobbies, from science to music and art and food and wine. For years he played tennis regularly and then switched to golf. Playing in a local golf association for seniors, he won a couple of awards this past season. He was an accomplished artist; a selection of his paintings will be on display during the visitation. An avid traveler, he toured Spain, Italy, South Africa, Peru, China, Hong Kong, the U.K. and other spots, often with his best friend, Msgr. Tom Salemi. He rooted for the Mets and the football Giants with the fervor of a convert and he enjoyed playing poker with his children and grandchildren.
Dr. Koppisch is survived by his wife of 60 years; his daughter, Marianne Koppisch Tobler of Morristown; and his six sons: John (Maureen) of Hoboken, Mark (Leslie) of Bedminster; Peter (Linda) of Bedminster, Paul (Maria) of Gainesville, Va., Luke (Laura) of Mount Laurel and David (Bridget) of Philadelphia. He also was the grandfather of Sean, Erik, Jaclyn, Aaron, Seth, Timothy, Alexandra, Julia, Abigail, Ingrid and Daniel. His sister, Jean Lutz of Asheville, N.C., also survives him.