Seymour A. Horwitz

Seymour A. Horwitz SchenectadyIn his poem, My Time S.A. Horwitz wrote: When my time comes I want to be exhausted from doing everything I ever wished to do, so tired of this world I will be ready for another world or eternal peace. Seymour A. Horwitz entered another world peacefully on July 18, 2013 after having lived a full and rich life. He leaves behind a family blessed by his life's journey. Teem, as he was affectionately known by his friends and family, was born October 6, 1914 in Schenectady, NY, to Eva and Phillip Horwitz. Teem's older brother, Lewis, predeceased him. Those left living to honor and remember his life include his wife, Sylvia. His love for Syl is permanently documented by his many published writings, including their correspondence marriage courtship during World War II memorialized in his book One Doctor's War. Teem also will be lovingly remembered by his three sons, Jim, Will and Doug and their respective spouses, Anne, Patricia and Lynn. Subsequent generations include granddaughter, Julie and her husband, Brandon; and grandson, Adam, his wife, Caera and their children, Lila and Charlie. Teem was many things to many people scholar, teacher, mentor, counselor, physician, philosopher, philanthropist, humanist, humorist. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Union College in 1935 and graduated Albany Medical School in 1939. From 1939-1942 he lived in New York City to do his postgraduate education and work. He completed his internship at Kings County Hospital Center in 1941. His training was interrupted by service in the Pacific Theater Army Air Corps. He entered as a 1st Lieutenant in October 1942 and left as a major in January 1946. In 1948 he completed his fellowship at NYU Medical Center. Teem was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1950. He had a private practice until his retirement in 1988. Teem's private practice epitomized old school, personalized medicine. Home visits with his small black medical bag were indicative of his caring bedside manner. His decades long practice was a one person operation. He had no partners, no receptionist, no nurse. He worked tirelessly every weekday, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. In addition to his private practice, Teem served for many years as an assistant professor at Albany Medical Center for medical students. He served on the staffs of Ellis and St. Clare's Hospitals, Sunnyview, Albany Medical Center and the Veterans Administration. At St. Clare's Hospital, he served as Chief of Medicine. And at Ellis Hospital he was a co-founder of its Ethics Committee. Teem's interest and writings about medical ethics won him a prestigious honor in 1972. That year Teem served as the International Torch Club's first annual national convention speaker aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Teem's retirement years were spent living in Schenectady, Niskayuna, Jensen Beach, FL, and finally in Glens Falls. His family extends thanks to the staff at the Stanton Nursing Facility for their care-taking in his final years. At Teem's request and in keeping with his life's mission and dedication to bettering the human condition, he chose to have his body donated to Albany Medical School. A service to honor and celebrate Teems life will be conducted in a private family gathering. Donations in honor and memory of Teem's life can be made to the: Seymour and Sylvia Horwitz Endowed Scholarship Fund at Albany Medical College, 43 New Scotland Ave., MC 119, Albany, NY 12208-3478.


Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on July 20, 2013