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Fritz Loewenstein

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Loewenstein, Fritz

Fritz Loewenstein, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, October 18, 2012. He was staying at his continuing care home in Madison, WI after the sale of his home on Binghamton's West Side. He left behind a loving family: Lucy, his wife; son, David; daughter-in-law, Jennifer and granddaughter, Stella, of Madison, WI; James, of Towanda, PA and daughter, Nina; son-in-law, Robert Green and granddaughter, Ilana, of Kinderhook, NY. He was predeceased by his first wife, Bernice and by his son, William. Fritz was born in Osnabruck, Germany, and at age 16 escaped with his family to the US. His father was a physician who settled in Binghamton where Fritz attended school, and after graduating from BHS, went on to Yale. Upon graduation, he attended Harvard Medical School and specialized in oncology and hematology. Following his residency, he returned to Binghamton to practice, at first with his father, and then, solo, for the rest of his career, also serving on the faculty of Upstate Medical Center. He was devoted to the practice of medicine and to his patients, many of whom became friends. After retiring in 2001, he worked once a week at the Free Clinic for Uninsured patients and was an outspoken advocate for universal health care. In addition to his medical career, he was an accomplished violinist and violist, and played in the Binghamton Symphony, precursor of the Philharmonic, under Fritz Wallenberg, and the Tri-Cities Opera, where he was unofficial physician and violinist, from its earliest years. He was also a chamber music enthusiast and played regularly with his wife, a cellist, in string quartets and other ensembles. He loved the outdoors, hiking, skiing, reading, chamber music, gourmet cooking and was a learned man, well-read, witty, and worldly. Shortly before he died, he was interviewed by thee Anne Frank Museum of Amsterdam about his boyhood friendship with Peter van Pels, known now as Peter van Daan from the diary of Anne Frank. A memorial service in Binghamton will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his memory to the Free Clinic for Uninsured patients, Dr Garabed A Fattal Community Free Clinic, c/o Clinical Campus, 425 Robinson St, Binghamton, NY 13904.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012
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