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Delaware horse owner Milton Wahl dies

September 06, 2018

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Longtime Standardbred enthusiast Milton S. Wahl, 90, of Wilmington, Del., died Aug. 30.

Born in Wilmington to the late Julius and Bella Wahl, he attended P.S. DuPont High School, the University of Delaware, and earned his M.D. degree at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Ind.

While doing his residency in otorhinolaryngology in New York, he married Gail Rubenstein of Wilmington. They subsequently moved to Florida where he was a captain in the United States Air Force practicing otorhinolaryngology at Eglin Air Force Base. In 1959, they returned to Wilmington where he was in private practice for 20 years. He was particularly fond of working at St. Francis Hospital and also enjoyed treating children.

He was an avid racquet sports enthusiast, playing tennis in the warmer months and squash in the winter.

He was the owner of multiple Standardbred race horses, including Ricky Joe and Cajun Brother. He loved spending many hours at Brandywine Raceway and nearby Winterset Farm. Racing was a family activity which included frequent travel to tracks from Washington, D.C. to New York. It was a very sad day for him when Brandywine Raceway closed in 1989.

Dr. Wahl also loved classical music, especially chamber music. He would always arrive early to get a front row seat.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Health Center at Stonegates in Greenville, Del., for the excellent care he received in his last two months. They are also grateful for the support of Ray Holback during the last few years of Dr. Wahl's life.

He was preceded in death by siblings, Robert, Betty, and Mervin. He is survived by his wife, Gail (Rubenstein); children, Jeffrey (Linda), Beth (Jack), and Stephen (Susan); and grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, Rachel, Kathryn, Hayley, and Hannah.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association , P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693 (heart.org) or Temple Beth Emeth, 300 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802 (bethemethde.org).

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