HIRSCHHORN--Joan M. Joan Morgenthau Hirschhorn, also known as Joan E. Morgenthau, M.D., died on Monday, October 1, 2012. She was born on October 9, 1922. She was the wife of Fred Hirschhorn, Jr., whom she married in 1957, and the daughter of Elinor Fatman Morgenthau and Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury, 1934-45, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who gave her a debut party in the East Room of the White House in 1940. She attended the Lincoln School in Manhattan and National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and was a graduate of The Madeira School, Vassar College, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. She interned in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center and was a resident in Pediatrics and a fellow in Hematology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. She was board-certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She was on the faculty at Cornell University School of Medicine for seventeen years. She subsequently served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Attending Pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was Founder and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, 1968-81. She went on to become Director of Health Services and Professor of Psychology at Smith College, 1981-88. She was Visiting Professor of Preventative Medicine at San Diego State University, 1989, Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, 1989, and Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University, 1990. She also served as Fellow in Professional Responsibility (Ethics) at the Yale School of Medicine, 1990-92. She spent twenty-three years as Surveyor for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), 1981--04, and was the first woman to be elected to the Board of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 1982--90. She served on the boards of the Greenwich Country Day School, The Madeira School, and Vassar College, 1977-85. She served on the advisory committee of numerous community organizations including the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the Community Aid Society, Planned Parenthood-World Population, the James Weldon Johnson Counseling Center, Northside Center for Child Development, and the Health and Human Services task force for the U.S. Government. She was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club. Fred Hirschhorn, Jr. predeceased her in May of this year. She is survived by two brothers, Henry Morgenthau, III and Robert M. Morgenthau, three daughters, Elizabeth H. Wilson (Bruce) of Newton, MA, Joan H. Bright (David) of Manhattan, and Elinor H. Hirschhorn of Manhattan, and seven grandchildren. She lived in Old Greenwich, CT, until 2007 when she moved to Edgehill Retirement Community in Stamford, CT. Memorial service at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue between 65th and 66th Street, New York, NY, will be on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:30pm with a reception to follow. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a contribution be made to Vassar College, Box 14, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604.
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Published by New York Times on Oct. 7, 2012.