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Clarence William Horowitz M.D.


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Clarence William Horowitz M.D. Obituary
December 25, 1917 - February 7, 2016 Bill Horowitz 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 and his new bride Sally (Schneider), whose family had come from St. Louis, Missouri, in a retail hardware and dry goods store in Watts, a farming community and railway station just outside the city limits. Harry and Sally suffered through the Great Depression of the 1930's, and they had to move with their three young boys four times because of 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 UC Irvine School of Medicine in 1962. Fred, Bill and Bob built a successful medical clinic in Watts next door to a home the family had owned. Bill married Rosalie 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. Melvin lives in Los Angeles, and Arthur lives in Washington, D.C. Bill and Bob retired in 2005 after 63 years medical practice. Bill had various interests. At Los Angeles City College, he joined the rifle team and practiced target shooting for many years at a rifle range in Centinela Park. Before Bill was married he was a pilot of small aircraft. He built model planes out of balsa wood and paper, which would fly with a tiny gas motor. Bill and Bob enjoyed camping in the Sierra Mountains as youngsters. Bill enjoyed Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and he became a Boy Scout executive for many years. Their sons were Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and Arthur and Leslie became Eagle Scouts. Rosalie was a Cub Scout Den Mother. Bill was a member of the Shriners, and he often helped maintain the first aid station at the Shrine Auditorium during the Shrine Circus. Bill also gave free medical examinations to the Shriners and Boy Scouts. Bill and Rosalie built a Los Angeles home in 1950. A dozen years later the family expanded to four boys and they built a second home in Ladera Heights in 1963. Rosalie suggested they built a tennis court on the adjacent lot they had purchased. The court was an immediate sensation, and family, friends and neighbors were frequent guests. Bill always had a Sunday game. All their boys played, and Edward and Leslie became members of the Inglewood High School tennis team. Art excelled at football and track and field. Bill will be remembered for his devotion to his family, his friends, his patients and his colleagues. He would rush to the home of a patient, friend or family member with a medical problem, or help out when a neighbor would drop by with a dog bite or bee sting. Bill would also help people find needed other services. Bill was especially supportive to young doctors who were beginning their own practices. Donations in his memory may be made to the Edward A. Horowitz, M.D. '78 School of Medicine Endowed Scholarship Fund, Creighton University, Office of Development, 2500 California Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68178.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 21, 2016
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