Dr. Nathan Barth of Lawrence dies at 87


Dr. Nathan “Nat” Barth, a long-time resident of Lawrence, successful orthodontist and stockbroker, and the most devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully on Dec. 26. He was 87 years old.

Dr. Barth was a Lawrence resident for almost 50 years. He was a dedicated orthodontist, not just a talented and outstanding professional, but also someone who really cared about his patients. After college at New York University he attended Temple University Dental School and served in the U.S. Army as a dentist during World War II. Dr. Barth took a great interest in the stock market and enjoyed a second career as a licensed stock broker, working as a partner with his daughter.

Nat enjoyed many hobbies over the course of his life, including golf, photography, art and travel. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Lawrence Club for many years. He took pleasure in photographing his many trips abroad. In later years, Dr. Barth continued to enjoy travel with his family and winters in Miami.

Dr. Barth married the former Janet Dubin in 1951. The couple had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Dr. Barth always believed that his greatest legacy was his children and grandchildren. He spent every day with them and took great pride in their accomplishments.  He was a man whose children and family truly came first, every day of his life.  He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and met him.

In the eulogy, his grandchildren thanked him for making them who they are today. “Our values and morals, and who we are as people, are testament to who Papa was as a person. He taught us love and acceptance. His values and everything he has taught us and shared with us will be with us forever.” Dr. Barth was also remembered as “the most gentle soul with a heart of gold.”

He is survived by his wife Janet, his children Barbra and David Feldman of Hewlett Neck, and Rachele and Mort Tinkelman, also of Hewlett Neck, and four grandchildren, Scott and Matthew Tinkelman, and Samantha and Andrew Feldman.

Services were held at Boulevard-Riverside Chapel in Hewlett. The family asks that those wishing to honor Dr. Barth’s memory contribute to their favorite charity.