At Princeton he studied biology and ate at Cannon. He earned a medical degree from Columbia Medical School and then served in the Army as a major in Vietnam. He was a distinguished physician, specializing in pulmonary and critical care. He practiced primarily at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., where he was the chief of the ICU.
He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed traveling, discussing politics, and most of all, his family.
Joel is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith; children Laura ’87 and Amy; and four grandchildren.