Henry I. Hirshfield, age 93, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on May 28, 2013. He was born in Montreal, Canada, next to the youngest in a family with three sisters and three brothers. He was the last survivor of his generation. His family moved to Chicago when he was very young and later to Los Angeles where he graduated from LA High School, LA Community College and UCLA. He joined the army in 1943 and following his military service, he returned to UCLA's graduate school and earned his PhD in Biology in 1948. He and his wife, Jeanne Brothers, met at UCLA and married following graduation. He then spent three years of post-doctoral work at the University of Mo. & Stanford University, which led to his appointment in 1951 to the faculty in the Biology Dept at New York University as a research professor. He spent his entire academic career at NYU rising to full professor in 1966. He published many research papers but considered his greatest achievement guiding over thirty of his students to achieve their PhDs. He retired in 1984 as Professor Emeritus. He and his wife moved to Rancho Mirage where he became active in his new surroundings as a docent at The Living Desert and working in Democratic Politics. Summers, he and his wife traveled extensively in their motor home covering much of the west from Canada to Mexico visiting National Parks along the way. In later years he kept very busy reading and using the computers in unique ways up until his death. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years and four children, Michael Hirshfield - Washington D.C., Susan Ransier - Brenda, Ariz., Jonathan Hirshfield - Tucson, Ariz. and Deborah Hirshfield - London, England, as well as four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
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Published in The Desert Sun from June 29 to July 1, 2013