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Henry G. Schwartz, MD (1909-1998), was born in New York City, March 11, 1909, son of Nathan Theodore and Marie Zagat Schwartz. He attended Princeton (A.B., 1928) and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (M.D., 1932). He served his internship at Johns Hopkins (1932-33) and was a National Research Council Fellow, Harvard Medical School (1933-35).

During the 1935-36academic year, he was an Instructor in Anatomy at Harvard Medical School. He then went to Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, where he moved progressively from Fellow (1936-37), to Instructor (1937-42), to Assistant Professor (1942-45), to Associate Professor (1945-46), to Professor of Neurological Surgery (1946). He was designated August A. Busch, Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery at Washington University in 1970 and became Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in 1984.

Hospital appointments include: Acting Surgeon-in-Chief, Barnes and Allied Hospitals (1965-67); Chief Neurosurgeon, Barnes and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals; Consultant Neurosurgeon: St. Louis City, Jewish, and Los Alamos (New Mexico) Hospitals.

He was a member of: American Board of Neurological Surgery (Chairman, 1968-70); American College of Surgeons (Advisory Council of Neurosurgery, 1950, 1960; Vice-President, 1972-73); American Academy of Neurological Surgery (President, 1951-52); Harvey Cushing Society (President, 1967-68); Association for Research of Nervous and Mental Disease; Central Neuropsychiatric Association; American Association of Anatomists; Southern Neurosurgical Society (President 1953-54); Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces; American Surgical Association (Vice-President, 1975-76); Society de Neuro-Chirurgie de Langue Francaise; Excelsior Surgical Society; Society Internationale de Chirurgie; Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Neurochirurgie.

Awards and honors include: Howell Award for Student Research Johns Hopkins (1931); Official Citation and Commendation of British Army, (1943); Legion of Merit, U.S. Army (1945); Visiting Professor, Free University of West Berlin (1962); Honorary member, American Neurological Association (1981); Honored Guest, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (1975); Alpha Omega Alpha/Library of Medicine Leaders in American Medicine (1976); Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars (1976); Harvey Cushing Medal (1979); Honorary President, World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, (1985).

Dr. Schwartz served as consultant to the Surgeon General, U.S. Army; the Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service. He was a member of the Neurology Study Section and the Neurology Training Grant Committee of the National Institutes of Health, 1956-62, and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institutes of Health, 1964-68. He represented the American Surgical Association in the Study on Surgical Services for the United States, 1970-75.

He published 76 scientific papers. In 1967, he became Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery. After the death of Henry Heyl, he became its Editor (1975-85).

In September 1934, Dr. Schwartz was fortunate in persuading his classmate Dr. Edith Courtenay Robinson, to marry him. She continued to play a major role in his life. They were parents of three sons, five grandsons, one granddaughter, two great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter. His wife of 60 years "Reedie" died in January 1995. Dr. Schwartz found happiness in his family and friends, fishing and gardening. He was especially pleased by the many contributions made by the outstanding group of residents who trained under his direction at Barnes Hospital. They constituted his greatest source of gratification and pride.

Henry G. Schwartz Fund

Purpose: To support staff and resident education and research within the department of Neurosurgery training program at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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