Dr Harold Holmes "Oz" OSBORN

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OSBORN--Dr. Harold Holmes "Oz," 71, passed away on April 30th in New Rochelle, NY. He was the son of Florence and Harold Osborn and caretaker and brother to Lucille Osborn, all of Connecticut. A graduate of the Kent School '62, Yale University '66 and Columbia University Medical School '70, he was a scholar and an athlete. As a politically radicalized medical student, Oz did his residency at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx. It was there that he helped found the Lincoln Collective: a grassroots effort devoted to community-oriented medicine. He helped create The People's Drug Program, one of the first detox clinics in the South Bronx; pioneered the use of holistic medicine in inner city hospitals; and developed a relief system for medical interns. For thirty years he was devoted to improving the health of the people of the Bronx by blending medical practice and community activism. In 1984, he served as the medical witness in the wrongful death case of Eleanor Bumpurs, who was killed while being forcibly evicted by the NYPD. In 1997, Oz was a leader in the movement that shut down a polluting medical waste incinerator in the South Bronx. Two years later, he founded The New Dawn Foundation, turning a large waterfront property into a space for holistic wellness treatment and a retreat for inner-city youth. He is survived by a great many loving friends, two grandchildren, Fergus and Charles, and his three children, Kyre, Jesse and Kate Osborn.

Published in The New York Times on June 14, 2015
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