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Glass, William
William Isaac Glass, who passed away in his Fairfield home on November 28, 2014, was born in New York City on May 18, 1915, the son of Morris Glass and Annie (Marks) Glass. He grew up in the Bronx and attended Townsend Harris Hall High School, a now-defunct institution with highly selective admissions based on competitive examination, comparable to today's Stuyvesant and Bronx Science high schools.Dr. Glass went on to attend the College of the City of New York (CCNY), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. He graduated in 1934, one of the 13 students to be awarded a degree magna cum laude. Dr. Glass received his M.D. degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1938, having been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He subsequently trained in surgery and ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.In World War II, Dr. Glass served in the US Army Medical Corps, rising to the rank of major. During the early part of the war, he was part of the military research effort to evaluate the recently-discovered drug penicillin. His final assignment was as Chief of General Surgery at the 22nd General Hospital in Blandford, England. He was preparing for transfer to Japan when the war ended.In July, 1945, Dr. Glass married Miriam Kenigsberg from Middletown, CT, and they subsequently moved to Bridgeport. Dr. Glass established a practice of ophthalmology in downtown Bridgeport, serving for a number of years as chief of ophthalmology at Bridgeport Hospital. After moving to Fairfield in 1957, Dr. Glass became extensively involved in local affairs, including service on the Fairfield Board of Education, RTM and on the Fairfield Woods Library building committee. He was a member of Beth El synagogue in Fairfield for many years. Dr. Glass was an excellent athlete all of his life, especially in the sports of tennis, golf and track. He was a regular participant and frequent medal-winner in the Connecticut Senior Olympics.Dr. Glass is survived by two sons, Allan Glass of Bethesda, MD and Paul Glass of Atlanta, GA; two daughters, Marnie Glass of Santa Monica, CA and Diane Glass of New York, NY; and three grandchildren, Timothy and Naomi Glass of Santa Monica, CA and Nathaniel Glass of New York, NY. His wife, Miriam, predeceased him in 2012, having been married nearly 67 years. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on December 2 at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, followed by interment in the Glass family plot at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Glendale, NY. Shiva will be observed at 40 Beechwood Lane, Fairfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth El in Fairfield.

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Published in Connecticut Post on Nov. 30, 2014
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