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Bill Horowitz In Memoriam
December 25, 1917 - February 7, 2016 Bill Horowitz would have been 99 years old today. Bill was born on December 25, 1917, at the California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. Bill's father Harry and his large family immigrated from Kiev, Russia to New York, then settled in Los Angeles by 1900. Harry had been a traveling wholesale salesman for the Broadway Department Store. Broadway decided to establish Harry in a retail hardware and dry goods store in Watts, which was a farming community just outside the city limits. Harry had recently married Sally Schneider, whose family was from St. Louis, Missouri. Harry and Sally suffered through the Great Depression of the 1930's, and they had to move with their three young boys four times due to financial hardship. Bill and his younger brother Bob followed their older brother Fred to the California College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons in Los Angeles. The college became the foundation of the University of California, Irvine, Medical School in 1962. Fred, Bill and Bob built a successful medical clinic in Watts next door to a home the family had once owned. Bill married Rosalie Helen Schlossberg, whose brother and fellow medical school classmate recommended him, on February 17, 1946. Their sons included Melvin, Edward, Arthur and Leslie. Edward, a physician and medical professor at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, died in an automobile incident in Omaha in 2014. Leslie, married to Diane Weil with two sons, Joshua and Daniel, lives in Tarzana, California. Melvin lives in Los Angeles, and Arthur lives and works in Washington, D.C. Bill and Bob retired in 2005 after 63 years of medical practice. Bill had various interests. At Los Angeles City College, he joined the rifle team. Before Bill married Rosalie, he was a small aircraft pilot. Bill built model airplanes of balsa wood and paper, which flew with tiny gasoline motors. Bill and Bob enjoyed camping in the Sierra Mountains as youngsters, and Bill and his sons were Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Arthur and Leslie became Eagle Scouts. Bill was a Boy Scout executive for many years, and Rosalie was a Cub Scout Den Mother. Bill was a member of the Shriners Medical section, and he often helped in the first aid station during the annual Shrine Circus. Bill gave free examinations to the Boy Scouts and Shriners youth football program. Bill and Rosalie built a Los Angeles home in 1950 near Manchester Boulevard and Western Avenue. In 1963, the family had expanded, and they built a larger home in Ladera Heights. Rosalie suggested they build a tennis court on the adjacent lot they had purchased. The court was a welcome place for family, friends and neighbors. Bill always had a Sunday game. Their sons played, and Edward and Leslie were members of the Inglewood High School tennis team. Bill will be remembered for his devotion to his family, friends, patients and colleagues. Bill always was ready to help anyone who showed up at his door with a dog bite or insect sting. Often, Bill would help people with other problems by helping them find the right services. Bill was especially supportive of young doctors who were just beginning their careers. On February 12, 2016, services and interment were held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to: "Edward A. Horowitz, M.D. '78 School of Medicine Endowed Scholarship Fund," Creighton University, Office of Development, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 25, 2016
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