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Dr. William Herman Bloom

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Bloom, Dr. William Herman BAY SHORE Dr. William Herman Bloom, Neurosurgeon from Bay Shore, died in his sleep September 19, 2013 at age 87. Son of the late Samuel and Anna (Pinsker) Bloom of Granville. Brother of the late Shirley, and predeceased by his wife, Barbara, nee Miller. Survived by his four children, Deborah, Jeffrey, Sarah, Jonathan, and 10 grandchildren. A high school valedictorian at 15 because he was moved ahead two grades, he later studied at Green Mountain (Jr.) College and Union College (Navy V-12) and the University of Buffalo Medical School (Navy V-12). A veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving stateside in military hospitals, he trained at NYU and Mt. Sinai medical centers in New York City. He practiced medicine for several years in Lake Luzerne and eventually settled in Long Island in 1961. As a Bay Shore resident for 50 years, he performed brain surgery throughout Suffolk County, mainly in Southside and Good Samaritan Hospitals. Whether engaging friends at Winnie's Coffee Shop, or discussing cases with professional colleagues as a past president of the Suffolk County Medical Society, he was a true raconteur with friends from all walks of life. A devoted father and husband for 49 years, he was noted for his generosity and spirit. A man with diverse talents, ranging from bull fighting to oriental gardening, he was heartened by the lives he saved which he detailed in his memoir "After All It's Only Brain Surgery."(Noble House 2000). Donations can be made in his name to Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt.

Published in Albany Times Union on Sept. 27, 2013
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