Aaron was raised in Bayonne, N.J. At Princeton, he belonged to Court Club. From early on he seemed to have his heart set on becoming an ophthalmologist. He titled his thesis “The Comparative Anatomy, Embryological Development and Evolution of the Retina.”
After medical school at New York University, Aaron served in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Sam Houston, where for a while he was President Lyndon Johnson’s on-call ophthalmologist. In 1969 he set up a medical office in Stony Brook, Long Island, in N.Y., where he practiced until 2016.
He lived in Port Jefferson, where he and his wife, Ellen, led an active civic and social life. “He was very friendly,” a neighbor said. “He was very concerned about what was going on in the village.” His son, Douglas, said, “In this day and age when people go to see their doctor and are rushed in and out, I know that my father spent time with patients caring for them.” His daughter, Caren Skutch, said Aaron read the dictionary as a hobby. “When his kids complained of being bored,” she said, “his favorite response was, ‘Go read the dictionary.’” She added, “He was an all-around good dad.”
Aaron was predeceased by his wife, Ellen. He is survived by children Caren and Douglas, and four grandchildren.