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SPALTER--Dr. Harold F., passed away peacefully at home at his wife Diane's side on July 4, 2014. Born and raised in New York City, he attended Stuyvesant High School and attended Brown University (A.B. 1951). He graduated Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1955 and completed his internship at Presbyterian Hospital and his residency in ophthalmology at The Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1959. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1961. Dr. Spalter then completed a fellowship at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorsfield Eye Hospital in London before returning to The Harkness Eye Institute. He was appointed as Professor Emeritus of Clinical Ophthalmology in 2009. Dr. Spalter later worked as The Ophthalmology Medical Coordinator for The Office of Professional Conduct (OPMC) for the State of New York until 2011. He proudly served as The Chairman of The Scientific Advisory Board for Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). He was an illustrious member of The American Ophthalmological Society, The Retina Society, and was a past-President of The New York Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Harold Spalter developed a huge retina practice and earned the deepest respect, admiration, and affection from his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. He is survived by his devoted wife Diane. He is also survived by his children Alan, Jonathan, Michael, and Elizabeth Iino and nine grandchildren. He was a wonderful person and shall be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)or The Maurice Spalter Memorial Fund of P.H., Columbia University Department of Ophthalmology.

Published in The New York Times on July 13, 2014
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