Dr. S.L. (Sol)
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Dittman, devoted and beloved husband to Ava Dittman, revered patriarch to his family, passionate and kind friend and physician, passed away October 3, 2013 at the age of ninety after a long, happy, and productive life.
Dr. Dittman was born on March 16, 1923 to Shlomo and Pessa Dittman and was the first of his family to be born in the United States after his family emigrated from Poland and the Pogroms. He was raised in Houston's Fifth Ward along with his sisters Sarah and Goldie who preceded him in death. He worked in his father's bakery from his boyhood through his college years. After graduating from Rice University he received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
During World War II Dr. Dittman served in the Army Specialized Training Program. Later, as a Captain in the Korean War, he served as Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johnson Air Force Base in Japan. There he met and married Ava Johnson, a beautiful First Lieutenant Nurse and the Air Force March of Dimes Queen of the Pacific.
Dr. and Mrs. Dittman returned to Houston where he practiced Family Medicine for fifty-seven years until his retirement in 2004 at age eighty. During this time he delivered more than 2000 babies and treated four generations of patients while accompanied in his practice by his wife and nurse Ava. Dr. Dittman served as President of the Harris County Medical Society, and upon his retirement he was awarded Doctor Emeritus of the state of Texas.
Dr. Dittman was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. He made countless fishing trips, many in the company of his lifelong friend Bubba Silver (now deceased). He skied and scuba-dived well into his 60's. During his time off he also loved to spend time with his family and friends and to play gin rummy with Bubba.
Dr. Dittman was an active rancher in Colorado County for over 40 years. He owned and operated the Dittman Ranch near Cat Spring and Bernardo, and the ranch became the spawning ground for friendships and personal growth for family and friends. Dr. Dittman also loved his cattle and horses, and they ran to meet him when he drove up.
S.L. Dittman is survived by those he loved and whose love was returned: his wife Ava of 61 years; his three daughters: Penny Dittman Wilson, wife of Carl Wilson; Karen Dittman Page, wife of J.D. Page; and Donna Dittman; grandchildren: Stephanie Nicole Lesch, Ryan Lee Lesch, Jamie Ryan Wilson, and James Aaron Page; nieces and nephews: Kathy Zimmerman, wife of Stuart Zimmerman of Denver, Colorado; Dr. Gabriel Shapiro, husband of Ricki Shapiro of Dallas, Texas; Lynn Krug, wife of Gerald Krug of Creve Coeur, Missouri; Ruth Kullman, wife of Larry Kullman of New Orleans, Louisiana; Paula Jacobson of Memphis, Tennessee; grand-nieces and grand-nephews: Dr. Ginny Kullman; Freddy Kullman; Susan Jenkins; Robert Zimmerman; Joel Shapiro; Stacy Shapiro; Jessica Birnbaum; Philip Jacobson; Dr. Lee Krug; Andy Krug. Sol Dittman made us all laugh with all his stories. Sol Dittman was kind, patient, and loving beyond imagination. Sol Dittman will be missed and remembered every day.
A private ceremony will be held. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 4, 2013