David Kittner, long-time donor to UNC Eye, dies at 95

David Kittner, of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, a long-time donor to UNC Eye, for whom the UNC Kittner Eye Center is named, died Friday, April 18, at his home. He was a corporate attorney and longtime partner at Blank Rome L.L.P. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A native of North Carolina, Mr. Kittner graduated from Weldon (N.C.) High School in 1934 and went on to earn a business degree from the University of North Carolina in 1939 and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. Between the two degrees, he was an accountant and served a short time in the Army at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Mr. Kittner set up a scholarship at UNC in his parents' memory in 1988. Twenty years later, he endowed a fund to create the UNC Kittner Eye Center and then gave additional funds to establish a distinguished professorship in ophthalmology.  

“Mr. Kittner was passionate about establishing a center of excellence in eye care that resulted in donations to establish the Kittner Eye Center and a Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology at UNC," UNC Department of Ophthalmology Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chairman Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH said. "He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched, but his legacy will live on here in Chapel Hill.”

Mr. Kittner is survived by his wife of 34 years, Constance; daughters Harriett and Susan; a stepdaughter, Jane; a stepson, Richard; a sister; and a brother.

Services were held Tuesday, April 22, at Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David Kittner's memory can be made to the Kittner Eye Center, 5151 Bioinformatics Building CB 7040, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.