Dr. Barry Sakowitz
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Dr. Barry Sakowitz

Dr. Barry Sakowitz passed away on March 31, 2020, at age 75, after a brief but intense battle with COVID-19.

He was born and raised in Bronx, New York and raised his family in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He spent his final years in Hillsdale, New Jersey.

Barry was the devoted husband of Sharon Sakowitz, who died of COVID-19 on March 27, and was a loving and dedicated father to Jo-Ellyn Sakowitz Klein (Chuck Klein), Dr. Noreen Sakowitz Cohen (Andrew Cohen) and Randy Sakowitz (Shelby Parish). He cherished his four grandchildren: Jason, Dylan, Sammy and Hailey.

Dr. Barry Sakowitz was board certified in internal and pulmonary medicine, and until his death, was a practicing pulmonologist in partnership with his brother, Dr. Arthur Sakowitz. The Sakowitz brothers played a leading role in establishing the respiratory therapy department at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where they were affiliated for over thirty years.

Dr. Barry Sakowitz obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in Brooklyn, and his MD from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn. He completed fellowships in pulmonary disease at Montefiore Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and completed his internship and residency at Nassau County Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center.

Barry enjoyed fishing, vacationing in Maine with his family, cheering for the New York Giants, playing bridge and chess, and sharing treats from the Rockland Bakery with his grandchildren.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, a service was privately held. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date. Funeral arrangements were made by Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel, Inc.

In his memory, donations may be made to The Valley Hospital Foundation, COVID-19 Response Efforts fund by clicking

https://www.valleyhospitalfoundation.org/give.




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Published in The Record/Herald News from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2020.
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May 20, 2020
Family of Dr Barry Sakowitz, I have been a patient for over 35 years. Barry took care of me when I was pregnant with my daughter and was hospitalized. Over the years I was often in the hospital at least two weeks at a time twice a year. He always always had the right cocktail for me to get better. Please know he was a caring giving devoted doctor and anyone that is proud to be his patient. My condolences for your mother also. This is a terrible fate for both of them. I am now living in Florida, If it should be any kind of memorial over the summer please let me know if its possible, I would love to attend
Jeannette Lynch
April 24, 2020
It was with sadness that I recently received notification of our valued alumnus Dr. Barry Sakowitz's passing. I am writing to extend my deepest sympathy on behalf of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and the Polytechnic Alumni Association.
He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Again, please accept my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Jelena Kovacevic
William R. Berkley Professor and Dean at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
April 16, 2020
It was with sadness that I recently received notification of our valued alumnus Dr. Barry Sakowitz's passing. I am writing to extend my deepest sympathy on behalf of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and the Polytechnic Alumni Association.

He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. Again, please accept my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Jelena Kovaevi

William R. Berkley Professor and Dean at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
April 13, 2020
I was so devastated to hear of the passing of Dr. Sakowitz. As one of his patients, I was always so reassured by his professional knowledge, kindness, patience, and thoroughness. This is a terrible loss to the medical community.
My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
May he rest in peace.
Carolyn Pompeo
April 12, 2020
My deepest condolence to the Sakowitz family .

Dr. Sakowitz was the most caring human being anybody could have as a doctor. Always made time to chat and listen no matter how busy he was. My husband and I always looked forward to our visits. He loved his patience and made everyone feel special. He would always speak of his family and convey the love he had for them. He was truly a amazing and spiritual person. Leaving a void in everyone's heart.

Ruth and Larry Goldberg
April 12, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Sakowitz family. Dr Sakowitz was my moms physician. As wonderful a clinician as he was, it was his beautiful spirit and compassion that I remember most vividly. He was funny, honest, incredibly intelligent and spoke so lovingly and proudly of his children and grandkids. May he Rest In Peace.
Carol Vallay
Acquaintance
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