Dr. Augusta Holmstock Kressler, 98, of Worcester, died July 1. She was the widow of Jacob J. Kressler. Born in Philadelphia, Penn., she was the daughter of David and Ida (Hurwitz) Holmstock. She attended Overbrook High School and graduated Valedictorian of her class at the age of 16. She completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in three years, graduating in 1936. She continued her education at Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and did her internship at Philadelphia General Hospital. She moved to Worcester in 1943. When she opened her practice she was one of only four women physicians in the city and the only female with privileges at both Worcester City and Memorial Hospitals. Over the next 40-plus years, while raising her family, she continued to work as a full time physician, primarily focused on women’s health issues. She was also appointed by Governor Volpe to serve on the first commission for the Status of Women. When she retired from her practice, she volunteered at the American Antiquarian Society where she was inducted as a life member, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Worcester Historical Museum serving as a docent at the Salisbury Mansion. She is survived by her children, Atty. Steven and his wife, Joyce, of Worcester, Carolyn Kressler Greenberg, M.D. and her husband, Stanley Greenberg, M.D., of Columbia, S.C., and Charles C. Kressler of Columbia, S.C.; and her grandchildren, Sarah Greenberg Sachs of Atlanta; Melissa Kressler Meyer of Scottsdale; Jacob D. Greenberg of London, U.K.; and Samuel I. Kressler of San Francisco; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 or the Augusta H. Kressler Fund at the Great Worcester Community Foundation, 370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester, MA 01608. RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERAL HOME OF HOLDEN

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