Les' wife, Margot, spoke of his pride in attending the 50th, 55th, and 60th class reunions. But Les had to cancel his reservations for the 65th because his many years of health problems caught up with him. He died of a debilitating stroke Sept. 20, 2005, in Montebello, Calif.
After attending West Side High School in Newark, N.J., Les entered Princeton and majored in chemistry, graduating with high honors. He was a member of Gateway Club. He completed his medical studies at New York University School of Medicine and his internship at Beth ISrael Hospital in 1945, while serving in the Army Medical Corps.
He was later stationed in Los Angeles, where he met and married Margot Williams in 1945. After five years of residency in New York City, Les returned with Margot to California in 1950, beginning a urology practice on the staffs of Presbyterian and Beverly hospitals. He served as chief of staff at Beverly from 1979 to 1980, and retired from practice in 1991. In spite of health problems, Les was able to continue fishing, tennis, reading, and attending classical music concerts.
He is survived by Margot; their daughter, Janet M. Schwartz; son Edward; and three grandchildren. To them, his classmates extend deep condolences.
The Class of 1940