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In Memoriam: Drs. Will Grossman and Edward Janowitz

May 24, 2012







The Bellevue Literary Review recently lost two longtime supporters and friends, Drs. Will Grossman and Ed Janowitz.

Dr. Will GrossmanDr. Will Grossman—a member of BLR’s editorial board since our inaugural issue in 2001—was a noted New York internist and cardiologist, devoted to his patients and to the practice of humanistic medicine. After graduating from NYU School of Medicine in 1957, Dr. Grossman served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force in Evreux, France. Upon his return to New York, he was closely associated with Beth Israel Medical Center, initially as director of geriatric medicine at the Gouverneur Clinic from 1966 to 1972. He mentored scores of health professionals in that setting, providing a unique and humane practice of health care delivery to the poor and underserved. In 1978, he initiated a private practice of internal medicine and cardiology at Madison Avenue and 72nd Street.


Dr. Ed JanowitzDr. Ed Janowitz joined BLR as a manuscript reader several years ago, but had long merged medicine and the humanities in his own life. Upon graduation from the University of Chicago's Pritzger Medical School, Dr. Janowitz volunteered for a two year service with the charity CARE in Malaysia, joining two other physicians manning a two-hundred bed hospital. Promptly on his return from Malaysia, he completed two years as a major in the US Army Medical Corp serving in Korea. The Surgeon General of the republic of Korea personally commended Ed for service to the poor above and beyond the call of duty. Upon his return to New York, Dr. Janowitz established his medical practice and became one of the last of a dying breed, a Jewish family physician making house calls in the teeming tenements of the Lower East Side of New York.


Both Will and Ed also participated in a rich cultural life of the arts, which led them to be genuinely interested in and supportive of the BLR from its inception. We will miss their friendship and extend our sympathies to their families and friends.