Published 1:03 am, Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A memorial service will be held for Donal Donnelly at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Unitarian Church, 10 Lyons Plain Road, Westport. Actor Donnelly died Jan. 4, 2010, at age 78.
Bertram H. Grossman, MD, husband of Beatrice Grossman of Westport, died Jan. 19, 2010, at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86 years old.
Born July 18, 1923, in New York City, Bert (as he was known) was the son of the late Arnold and Rose Berger-Grossman, and grew up in Mount Vernon, N.Y. During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps and performed active duty as a meteorologist in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946.
He received his undergraduate education from the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he also earned a master of science degree in public health and a life-long love of the Tarheels. Grossman later attended Georgetown University Medical School, where he received his medical education and doctorate in 1959.
After completing his residency in pediatrics at Babies Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1962, Grossman came to Fairfield County, where he settled first in Norwalk and later in Westport. He served generations of area families through his Norwalk/Darien pediatric private practice. Grossman remained in private practice for more than 33 years.
He was professionally active in the Fairfield County Medical Society (FCMS) throughout his medical career, and received several appointments, including vice president, president and chairman of the FCMS Board of Trustees (1985-87). Grossman was also assistant chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital for 15 years. For 47 years, he maintained a regular relationship with Columbia University and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, making the weekly trip to Washington Heights to serve first as instructor, then associate and finally as assistant clinical professor.
Grossman was also dedicated to a number of community service organizations, for which he volunteered his time and medical services.
During the 1960s, he was school health physician for the City of Norwalk. He was also a member of the Board of Health, City of Norwalk from 1965-71. Grossman served as volunteer pediatrician at the AmeriCares Pediatric Clinic in South Norwalk and at Norwalk High School's school-based clinic.
He twice traveled to Haiti, where he provided several weeks of volunteer pediatric care to the local community through Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti.
Grossman was an avid tennis player, boater and UNC and Georgetown sports fan, as well as a life-long athlete. He found a regular outlet for his love of health, fitness and community as a 25-year member of the Norwalk YMCA Board of Trustees.
Though he was deeply committed to his profession, his first -- and deepest -- love was for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice, and their four daughters, Mimi Grossman and her husband, Steve Levin of Boca Raton, Fla., Cindy Grossman of Boston, Mass., Roberta and her husband, Harold Bjornson of Westport, and Emily and her husband, Joshua Prince of Westport. Grossman is also survived by six grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin and Greta Bjornson, and Noah, Ivy and Maisie Prince, all of Westport; and by his sister, Maxine Wasserman of Roselyn, N.Y.
Services were held Jan. 21 at Congregation Beth El, 109 East Ave., Norwalk; burial followed in Beth El Memorial Park, Norwalk.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, to support pediatric initiatives, 34 Maple St., Norwalk, CT 06856.