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Harold Margulies M.D. (1918 - 2013)

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Harold Margulies, MD

Tucson

Dr. Harold Margulies died peacefully at age 95 on April 3, 2013, his wife of 61 years, Marjory G. Margulies at his bedside.

Harold was born on Feburary 13, 1918 in Sioux Falls, SD. He was married to Marjory Gutfreund on April 12, 1952 and they had two children: Amy (grandchildren Sasha and Anika) and Marc (grandchildren Jeffrey, William Tucker, and Kendra).

Harold earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1938. He and his brother, Newton, represented the University in several European countries on a debating team tour in 1937. After two years at the South Dakota College of Medicine, he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1942, from which he went on to specialty training as a Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He served in the US Navy on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II from 1944-1946.

Harold entered medical practice as a cardiologist in Des Moines, IA in 1948 where he was also Director of Medical Education at Iowa Methodist Hospital, and was a consultant for the Veterans Administration. There he headed the team which performed the first open heart surgery in a private hospital and conducted early research on the use of treadmills in evaluating cardiac status. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Des Moines Art Center and numerous other community Boards.

In 1961 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of Indiana for the purpose of directing its program in Pakistan, and he and the family moved to Karachi for four years. This activity, which was supported by the governments of the United States and Pakistan, led to the establishment of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre in Karachi.

In 1965 he accepted a position with the World Health Organization in Alexandria, Egypt, as Director of Medical Education for the 20 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Office. The following year he and the family returned to the US where he set up the Division of International Medical Education for the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. While there he completed a study that led to the publication by Harvard University Press of the book, Foreign Medical Graduates in the United States.

After a year in WA, spent establishing the AMA's Division of Social and Economic Affairs, he accepted a position with the federal government's Department of Health, Education and Welfare. While there he became Director of the Regional Medical Programs created by the "Debakey Commission". He filled several other major posts in the federal government, including Acting Director of the Center for Health Statistics, before retiring in 1983 as Director of the Office of Science and Technology. He was a charter member of the Federal Senior Executive Service.

Immediately upon retiring, he and Marjory spent four years traveling full-time throughout the US in their recreational vehicle before settling in the Tucson area. In 1995 they moved to La Posada, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Green Valley, AZ.

Harold and Marjory's many vacation trips included visits to 42 countries by private jet with the American Museum of Natural History. Harold loved music, reading, hiking, biking, bridge, motorcycling, wood-chopping, ornithology, art and geology. He had a lifelong dedication to liberal political ideals and human rights and was passionate about providing quality healthcare and education to all peoples of the world.

Harold and Marjory lived happily in their independent housing unit which was their home for the past 18 and a half years. Family members gathered privately to celebrate his life, and play the music of his choice, as he requested.

Published in Des Moines Register from Apr. 12 to Apr. 14, 2013
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