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SCHWARZ--George, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, George Schwarz, physician, restaurateur, and quintessential New Yorker passed away in peace. Born in 1931 in Frankfurt, Germany, the first son of a prominent Jewish family, George fled the Nazis with his family, living in hiding in occupied France, and eventually escaping to Switzerland and then the United States. Educated at City College and Tufts Medical School, George served as a physician with the U.S. Army in Korea in the 1950s, before returning to New York City, where, for 35 years, he was chief of the Radiation Oncology Department at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan and chairman of the hospital's research committee. George was a devoted husband to the artist Kiki Kogelnik for more than 30 years, until her untimely death in 1997. They are survived by their son, Mono Schwarz- Kogelnik. While a physician at St. Vincent's, George recognized the paucity of high- quality, affordable restaurants in the West Village during the 1970s. Determined to improve his city, George opened the restaurants Elephant & Castle and One Fifth. Later, he added The Noho Star and Temple Bar to his roster of restaurants, and he saved from the wrecking ball the renowned Keen's Chop House -- all of which, together with a second Elephant & Castle outpost in Dublin, continue to thrive. George loved the arts, the opera, travel, and intimate conversation in any one of the three languages he spoke fluently. In addition to his son Mono, George is survived by his devoted life partner of the last 18 years, Susan Unterberg, his sister Evelyne Rosenstock of Monsey, NY, his brother Charles Schwarz, and his dear friend Bonnie Jenkins, as well as many friends and admirers the world over. In lieu of flowers, raise a glass to George at Noho Star.

Published in The New York Times on Dec. 18, 2016
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