SCHWARTZ – Murray, DDS. Murray Schwartz, DDS passed away peacefully on January 7, 2022. He was 92 1/2. He was born on June 27, 1929 to Dr. Emanuel H. Schwartz and Esther Zucker Schwartz in Brooklyn, New York. Her childhood was filled with happy times surrounded by her many close cousins who lived a few blocks away in Brooklyn. He excelled in academics and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, obtaining his BA from Washington Square College of NYU in 1950 and his DDS degree from Columbia’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery in 1953. After spending two years in the US Air Force, he returned to Columbia to focus on periodontics, receiving his periodontic training certificate in 1958 and becoming a diplomat with the American Board of Periodontology in 1959. He founded a private periodontics practice in Nyack where he worked for almost 40 years. He also spent 53 years as a clinical professor of dentistry and associate director of the division of periodontics at Columbia. He has presented lectures and seminars on more than 40 periodontal and practical management topics in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and has been a guest speaker worldwide. He was also the proud inventor of the Schwartz Periotriever, a set of specialized instruments used by periodontists and dental hygienists around the world. Dr Schwartz is the author of books, manuals and journal articles on a variety of topics including periodontics, professional office design, office planning and practice management. In his role as Capital Project Manager for Columbia College of Dentistry, he oversaw and coordinated many major construction and renovation projects, including ten of the dental school‘s teaching clinics. In his spare time, Murray gave back to others and to his community. He volunteered at the VA in Montrose and served on the boards of the Rockland Mental Health Association and the Sons of Israel Congregation in Nyack. Following his father’s example, he was also president of his synagogue, CSI Nyack. For those close to him, Murray will be remembered for his sense of humor, his prodigious intelligence and his cultivated interests. His family often called him the original Google because you could ask him anything and he could tell you not only the answer but the context as well! He enjoyed reading, travel, art, classical music, museums, cooking and modern design. He loved puzzles, the New York Times, and sharing puzzles with his grandchildren. He was known to write humorous poems that earned him many hearty laughs. He hiked Hook Mountain to spot hawks and hiked the path around Rockland Lake to stay active. For many years he could be found enjoying a meal with friends at the front window table of the Traverson Wood Indian in Nyack. He often lovingly reminded others of the importance of taking care of their teeth and using correct spelling and grammar. Murray Schwartz was married to his beloved wife Marcia (Ganapol) for 44 years before his death in 2003. He was the proud father of Esther, Daniel (Stephanie) and Jonathan. The proud grandfather of Eric (Amy), Ashley (Will), Becca (Bryan), Kellan, Juliana, Mathew and Tannon, and the delighted great grandfather of Luca and Leila. He is also survived by his longtime friend Marilyn Yablon, his devoted caregiver Hannah Nti as well as many members of his family, cousins and friends. Contributions are welcome to Columbia University Dental School’s Murray Schwartz Scholarship Fund: https: //www.givenow columbia.edu The funeral will be on Tuesday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m. Congregation Sons of Israel 300 North Broadway, Upper Nyack, NY. Vaccine and mask requirements will be in place. For the funeral live: https://www.twitch.tv/csinyackny For more information: https: //www.sorcefuneral home.com
Published by The New York Times January 10-11, 2022.