Irving Waltman
1915 - 2016
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Dr. Irving "Chick" Waltman passed away peacefully at his home on January 5th, 2016 at the age of 100 years and nine months surrounded by his family and his wife Frances Ann Epstein-Waltman. For those who knew him his passing leaves the world less illuminated, less warm, less intimate. He represented an exceptional combination of generosity, integrity, intellectual questing and courage, loyalty, dignity and forbearance. His habits and manner inspired friends and family to become their best selves without judgement or reproof. His passing leaves a large void in many lives. He is deeply missed. He was born March 23rd, 1915 at The Hartford Hospital. He graduated Northwest Grammar School and Weaver High School where was he was salutatorian and a star athlete. He then went on to Amherst College and Yale School of Medicine where he graduated in 1941. He held membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Delta Epsilon, honorary societies. He interned at The Hartford Hospital from 1941 through 1943 as one of the first medical interns. During World War II Dr. Waltman served as an army surgeon in The US and Germany from 1943 - 1945. He was discharged as a major in 1945. He was a surgical resident from 1946 - 1950 at The Hartford Hospital and Memorial Sloan - Kettering in New York City. He had an active private practice at The Hartford Hospital in general surgery from 1950, retiring in 1989. In the course of his long service to the Hartford community he was known for availability and extraordinary competence. He was proud to be the recipient of a Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award in 1974 and honored again by Hadassah in 2000. He was touched by the outpouring of friendship on that occasion. Together with his wife Fran he established The Edward Lewis Wallant Book Award now recognized nationally. It is presented annually to a writer whose fiction is considered to have significance for American Jews. He was a founding member of The Hartford Jewish Historical Society in 1971. Through The Greenberg Center at The University of Hartford, Dr. and Mrs Waltman have created ongoing programs for cantorial music, Yiddish culture and film. Always an athlete, Chick considered taking care of one's body a sacred obligation. He was an outstanding tennis and squash player. His love for swimming included long distance ocean swims at his cherished summer home in Westerly, Rhode Island. His outstanding 75 tenure as a member at The Hartford YMCA borders on legend. In fact, he outlived the facility. He was inducted into The Greater Hartford Hall of Fame of Jewish Athletes and sports figures. A grammarian, he was a lover of and stickler for correct speech. This carried over into Chick's love for the Hebrew language. He spent treasured evenings in a hebrew speaking group and studied the language enthusiastically. Dr. Waltman's maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Harris Chesky were founding members of The Emanuel Synagogue. His father David Waltman lived to be 101 and three months of age. He is survived by many loving friends and family including his wife and beshert Fran of 73 years. His sister Roz of Del Ray, Florida. His children Dr. Richard (Ruth) of Gig Harbor, Washington, Marjorie (Dr. Howard Feldman) of Roseburg, Oregon, Phyllis (Taras Mizrahi) of Gainesville, Florida, Laurence (Joseph Lembo) of New York City. Grandchildren Julian Feldman (fiance Carolyn Tan) of London, England, Matt Waltman (Audrey) of Seattle, Washington, Anna Dooley (Dr. Matthew) of St. Louis, Missouri and Danny Waltman of Gig Harbor, Washington. Great grandchildren Sebastian, Eli, Eva, Hugo and Carmen. Donations can be made in Dr. Waltman's memory to The Hartford Hospital, The Jewish Historical Society or The Greenberg Center at The University of Hartford. To sign the guestbook for Dr. Irving Waltman, please visit online

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 10, 2016.
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August 22, 2017
Dr. Waltman performed a difficult and complicate surgery on me as a 22 year old. His mastery allowed me to live the last 40 years in relatively good health, and for that, cannot thank him enough. Here's to a life very well lived. RIP...
Richard Fox
January 26, 2016
i had the privalage of knowing Dr Waltmsn at Hartford Hospital for many decades. He was a colleague, mentor, and friend. It was an honor and pleasure to have known him and worked with him. He improved our lives. I miss him. Mark Izard MD
Mark Izard
January 15, 2016
Bob Hoffman
January 15, 2016
Bob Hoffman
January 12, 2016
Dr Waltman was a family friend, always MENCH, and my wife of 50 years Beverly Kosoff z'al & I will be indebted to him forever for taking an emergency request from Dr Solomkin to examine our 29 day old son & who informed us that our baby would not survive until the morning without being operated upon immediately, Dr Waltman unhesitatingly phoned his wife, apologized for being unable to attend their Pessach Seder in a few hours, told us to rush baby Elan to the Hartford Hospital, & that we need wait for him there.
Dr Waltman saved baby ELAN, called us at midnight & said we could come to the hospital & see Elan alive & breathing.
We are forever grateful,Elan made Aliyah to Israel 48 years ago with older sister Laora & brother Tamir -- all 3 having now grown up, all 3 served our country Israel --Tamir & Elan as pilots in the IAF, and are happily settled & have their own families in close proximity enabling us to have Shabbat dinner most all Fri nights as a family of 19 with the now sad vacuum left by BEVY the NUCLEUS & DOYEN of the family & the well known "social worker" of the town in which most knew BEVY -- the only ID needed at the top of her gravestone.

Dr Waltman, may you rest in peace forever -- your name,smile,inscribed in our hearts & minds forever. Todah Todah Raba Raba Raba. Sorry you missed Seder night with mishpoche,

Naftali & Bevy Sigal
January 12, 2016
This obit is a wonderful tribute to a man who made significant contributions to his community. You and the community will miss him. Please know our thoughts are with you.
Jerry & Nadyne Weissman
January 11, 2016
Chick and I were "pool buddies", swimming laps at the Univ. of Hartford Sports Center. I had to work hard to not fall behind; he was fast, and 30 years my senior!

Fran, I was saddened to learn of his passing, and hope your memories of your life with this extraordinary (in so many ways) man will bring you joy in the future.

Chick taught me to enjoy fiddle-head ferns, and some Hebrew, and I helped him a bit with his computer so he could Skype chat with a grandson in London. I will miss this mensch.
Wally Banzhaf
January 10, 2016
Chick was a wonderful man and a great doctor. I am forever grateful to him for his help.
Marilyn & walter Rabetz
January 10, 2016
Wonderful obituary - so sorry for your loss - sincerest condolences - the Pendrill's
Andrew Pendrill
January 10, 2016
Your obituary is such a beautifully written story of the life of Irving Waltman. We are so saddened by your loss & pray that sooner than later all your sadness will be replaced by only wonderful memories of your many years together. With love~Andie, Ted & Nate Mackey
Andie Mackey
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