Morris Hyman, born Moses Hyman on June 2, 1908, was fated to become a doctor after his oldest brother, 16 years old with a scholarship to Columbia University to study medicine, died overnight in the 1918 influenza pandemic.
In 1942, at the age of 33, married only three years to Shirley, Morris was sent overseas as a doctor in World War II (photo depicts him before sailing to his first destination, Casablanca). For three and a half years Morris remained in the theatre of war, first in Casablanca, then in France, England and finally Germany when the war ended and he and two other American doctors were in charge of a German hospital. Returning home to New York City, he practiced medicine for three decades on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at the Belnord, making house calls and never raising his fees for the entirety of his practice. He and his family spent summers in his much beloved Vermont, where he painted, wrote poetry, took long walks with his wife and daughters, and had numerous animals. He became a vegetarian in the 1950s. He is survived by his wife Shirley, who recently turned 101 (see “Shirley and Moe,” a You Tube video created by Brandon Stanton, author of “Humans of New York”), and two daughters, Sally Laura and Judith Isabelle. This manuscript was written in 1970.