Dr. Leslie P. Surrey was a well-regarded physician.
He died on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at Chestnut Hill Hospital. He was 88.
He was born on March 24, 1926 to the late Socrates Sharples and Desdemona A. Surrey in Georgetown, British Guiana, South America.
Prior to relocating to the United States, Surrey worked with his father and brothers as a tally clerk and later worked for the postal service.
He came to the U.S. to attend Howard University and Howard University Medical School. While at Howard, he met and later married Hortense Booth. Two children were born to their union.
Surrey did his internship at Episcopal Hospital and later worked at Germantown Hospital. While working at Germantown Hospital, he opened his own private practice and worked for The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union part-time.
Surrey was always accessible to his patients. His family said they often met many grateful patients when they were out with him in Philadelphia.
“The patients would always tell us how great a doctor and person he was and how much he was loved,” his family said.
Surrey enjoyed working with wood in his spare time. His family said he studied working with wood like he studied medicine. He made tables, desks and cabinets which are still being used today.
He was an avid reader of the Bible. He read it at least once a day.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Andrea and Leslie and other relatives and friends.
Services were held Nov. 11 at the Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, 6653-75 Chew Ave.