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Samuel H. Brethwaite Jr. ’31

Published in July 2, 1997, issue

Sam died Feb. 7, 1997, from congestive heart failure. Receiving his medical degree from John Hopkins, Sam practiced his profession for more than 40 years with the Summit, N.J., Medical Group as a specialist in gastroenterology, teaching also part-time in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The recital of Sam's record is inadequate to describe the tireless dedication, personal warmth and skill of this remarkable man. As was written about him in our 25th-reunion book: "His skill and the extras he offers. . . . He drives himself without regard to his own health. . . . Diagnostic success when others have give up. . . . Saved my life and my wife's by service far above a doctor's bound duty." Sadly an auto accident in later years confined Sam to a wheelchair, but still in retirement he gave of himself.

In college Sam was enmeshed in music as a member of the Triangle Club and Glee Club. The study of music mirrored his philosophy and continued in life as more than hobby and as an author.

Sam's wife, Ruth, predeceased him, and there are no children.

The Class of 1931

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