On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Itzhak Kronzon, loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 81 in New York City.
Itzhak was born on September 14, 1939 in Haifa to Zalman and Liza (Meisel) Kronzon. He received his medical degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, served as a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces, and then moved to New York to pursue a fellowship in Cardiology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.
Itzhak was passionate about his chosen profession. Following his fellowship, and after a brief return to the battlefield for the Yom Kippur war, he went on to practice medicine for over 50 years. He published hundreds of research articles, wrote and edited a number of textbooks, achieved the title of Professor of Medicine (among many others), and became an internationally sought-after lecturer, researcher, mentor, and teacher. He was loved and admired by his many patients, colleagues, and students. Along with numerous awards and recognitions, he was recently awarded the American Heart Association's lifetime achievement award.
A renowned author and editor in his field of expertise, he also wrote dozens of humorous and touching autobiographical stories of his childhood and life's adventures. Over the years, these short stories have been published in Israeli papers and American journals, compiled into several books, and are often read in Hebrew literature courses at colleges and universities around the world.
He was the consummate storyteller and could light up any room with his vivid tales. He was known for his wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, and often naughty smile. Beneath his sometimes tough exterior lay a kind and compassionate spirit with a gentle and sensitive soul. He will be sorely missed.
Besides Ziva, his wife of over 60 years, Itzhak is survived by his three children, Iris, Rafi, and Shira, grandchildren Ella, Adam, Lucy and Eli, cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends, colleagues and students too numerous to list.
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Published by New York Times from May 19 to May 20, 2021.