Physician leaves behind a legacy of education at Aurora Sinai Medical Center

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(L-R) James Hurwitz, Linda Hurwitz Fine and Richard Hurwitz, MD. Dr. Sidney Hurwitz’s three children gather near a plaque of him that hangs in the library.

Sidney Hurwitz, MD, was once the chief of urology at what is now Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. Dr. Hurwitz was a Milwaukee native and when he passed away in 1968 at the age of 51, there was an outpouring of support from a large group of family, friends and colleagues. Those contributions led to the creation of the Dr. Sidney P. Hurwitz Memorial Library Fund.

That fund helped create the Hurwitz Library at Aurora Sinai, and it continues to subsidize the purchase of clinical and medical books at the library as well. Those books and resources are used by health care providers in all disciplines including nursing students, medical students and other caregivers to help further their education.

p1020005In the decades since his passing, Dr. Hurwitz’s friends and family have continued to support the fund and give back to the hospital and community that meant so much to him. In November, a group of them gathered at the library to celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday.

His daughter, Linda, grew up to be a pediatric nurse leader and says education meant a great deal to her father, “We continue to make donations in his memory. To see what this has become, I think he would be amazed. He would be so proud.”

If you would like to learn more or contribute to the Hurwitz Library, contact Adam Martin at adam.martin@aurora.org.

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