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Ralph. G. Hirschowitz of Brookline, age 92, died August 29, 2016. Born in Vrede, South Africa, he won a scholarship to the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School. He volunteered as a medical officer in the Israeli War of Independence, then practiced general medicine in Johannesburg until emigrating to the United States in 1961, where he specialized in psychiatry. At Fergus Falls State Hospital, Minnesota he became passionately committed to the new movement of deinstitutionalization, helping to establish community mental health centers in rural areas. He then became Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Community Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, then served as Director of the Office of Prevention in the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Later in his career, he was recruited by The Levinson Institute to create and implement leadership training programs: executive coaching, organizational development and team-building at major United States corporations and government agencies. He joined his wife Rhona, owner of The Pear Tree, in adventurous world travels as an enthusiastic partner on buying trips. He was a man of many gifts, witty, playful, charming, and compassionate. He leaves behind Rhona, his loving wife of 57 years, his beloved children Vivien Marcow Speiser and her husband Phillip, Simone Nathan and her husband Leon, William Hirschowitz and his wife Mary Ellen, and Neil Hirschowitz, as well as grandchildren Yair Marcow, Jennifer Klein and her husband Michael, and Andrew Bloom and his wife Sarah, and great-grandchildren, Hailey, James and Ava Klein and Emma Bloom. He is survived by his sister Rica Ehrlich and her husband Robert and many nieces and nephews. Burial was private. Remembrances can be sent to Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline, MA 02446.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Sept. 17 to Sept. 29, 2016
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