Dr. Arthur Pava, 94, of Longmeadow, died at home on Sept. 2. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen Abramson Pava. Born in Springfield, he was the son of the late Ida Rosen Pava and Louis Pava. He graduated from Classical High School in Springfield and Mass State (now UMass) and earned a doctorate in medical entomology from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he enlisted in the army for World War II and, because he was fluent in several languages, was accepted into the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the predecessor to the CIA, and received additional training in languages to support the war efforts. After the war, he attended Yale Medical School, interned at the Los Angeles County Medical Center, trained at the Columbian Neurological Institute in New York, and returned to Springfield in 1956 as only the second neurosurgeon in the area. He practiced for 45 years at all the hospitals in Western Massachusetts. He was a member of Temple Beth El and was active in the Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Pava of Manhattan and Susan Pava Nusbaum of White Plains, NY; three grandchildren, Halle Mizrahi, Emma Nusbaum and William Nusbaum; two sisters, Abby Austern of Peabody, and Phyllis Nussbaum of Bloomfield, Conn. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St. Springfield, MA 01108 or to Jewish Nursing Home of W. Mass 770 Converse St. Longmeadow, MA 01106. www.jewishgeriatric.org.
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