LITCHFIELD - Two months shy of his 100th birthday, Benjamin Katzin MD, of Litchfield, died at home on Feb. 13, 2012, surrounded by his children. Born in Winsted, on April 25, 1912, he graduated first in his class from the Gilbert School. He received his BS degree from Yale University in 1934, his PhD in physiological chemistry from Yale in 1939, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1943.
He served as an army physician during World War II, specializing in tropical diseases, treating ill servicemen returning from the South Pacific. After the War, he began his medical practice in Torrington in 1947, which included serving as shop physician for the Torrington Manufacturing Company. After retiring in 1983, he continued to enjoy raising sheep and chickens, and tending a vegetable garden big enough to provide his family with vegetables well into the winter.
He served on the Litchfield Board of Education for 18 years, and was chairman for 16 years. He was president of the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Soon after arriving in East Litchfield, he was appointed surgeon of the East Litchfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the advisory council of the Connecticut Junior Republic.
His wife, Betty, died in 2008. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara of Arhus, Denmark, Anne Raechel Hackney of Newton, Massachusetts, Louise of Katonah, New York, and Charlotte of Austin, Texas, and sons, William of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and James of Litchfield. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren.
Contributions may be made in his memory to the Litchfield High School Scholarship Association (P.O. Box 245, Litchfield CT, 06759), the Connecticut Junior Republic (P.O. Box 161, Litchfield, CT 06759, attn: Hedy Barton), or the Johns Hopkins University (JHU Medical School Alumni Scholarship Fund, Development & Alumni Relations Office, 100 N. Charles St., Suite 216, Baltimore, MD 21201).
To leave an online condolence for the Katzin family, kindly visit www.rowefuneralhome.net.
Published in The Register Citizen on Feb. 16, 2012