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Clarence William Horowitz M.D.

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Clarence William Horowitz M.D. In Memoriam
December 25, 1917 - February 7, 2016 Bill would have been 100 years old on December 25, 2017. He was born at the California Hospital in downtown Los Angeles in 1917, the second of three boys. Bill's father Harry and his large family immigrated by ship across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1890's to New York from Kiev, Russia. They decided to depart the congested city for a new life out West. About 1900, the family settled in Los Angeles. Harry became a traveling wholesale merchant for the Broadway Department Store. Broadway decided to establish Harry in a retail hardware and dry goods store in rural Watts, a farming community just south of the city limit. Harry married Sally Schneider in 1910. She had come to Los Angeles with her father, sisters and brother from St. Louis, Missouri. Harry and Sally struggled through the Great Depression of the 1930's. They had to move with their three young sons four times due to financial hardship. Bill and his younger brother Bob followed older brother Fred to the California College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons in Los Angeles. In 1962, the college became the foundation of the University of California, Irvine Medical School. Fred, Bill and Bob built a successful medical practice in Watts next door to a home the family had once owned. Bill married Rosalie Helen Schlossberg, whose brother and fellow medical school classmate had recommended him, on February 17, 1946. Their four 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 is married to Diane Weil. They live in Tarzana, and they have two sons, Joshua and Daniel. 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 together. Bill had various interests. At Los Angeles City College, he was a member of the rifle team. Before Bill married Rosalie, he was a small aircraft pilot. Bill built model airplanes of balsa wood and paper, powered by tiny gasoline motors. Bill and Bob enjoyed camping in the Sierra Mountains as youngsters with their father's younger brother, prominent attorney Fred Horowitz. Bill's 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 always helped in the Shrine Auditorium first aid station during the annual Shrine Circus. Bill gave free examinations to the Boy Scouts, and to children applying to the Shriners hospital. 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 popular 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 bee sting. Often, Bill would assist people to help them find other services they needed. Bill was especially supportive of young doctors who were just beginning their careers. Services and interment were held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles on February 12, 2016. 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 from Dec. 21 to Dec. 24, 2017
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