The world lost a true gentleman on Thursday, March 28, 2019, when Dr. Paul Raymond Lurie, 101, of 100 Woodland Pond Circle, New Paltz, passed away at his home.
Born on November 18, 1917, in Amsterdam, NY, he was the son of the late Abraham David and Fannie Ruth (Coplon) Lurie.
He proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps as a Squadron Surgeon of the 2nd Air Commandos from 1943 to 1946, during World War II, attaining the rank of Captain.
Dr. Lurie was a graduate of Harvard University, and then attended Columbia Medical School. He did his internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital.
He started his illustrious career as a pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, working there for 17 years. He then moved to USC Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for 15 years. Upon his retirement, he became a Professor Emeritus at Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He was internationally recognized for his teaching, research, invention and publications in his field. His final publication was “A Cardiologist Explains Things” (2017, available on Amazon) for lay people.
After his move to Woodland Pond in 2011, Dr. Lurie continued to live life with gusto. He enjoyed watercolor classes, singing with the Pondoliers, the play-reading group, swimming almost every day and attending music and art events. At 96, he was the oldest person to pass the Lake Minnewaska Long Distance Swimming Test.
Dr. Lurie was the widower of Barbara (Samuel) Lurie; and predeceased by his brothers Oscar and Herbert Lurie.
Survivors include his daughter, Andrea Lurie and her wife, Nancy Rosen of New Paltz; his grandchildren, Jacob Rosen and his wife Suzanne and Jesse Rosen and his wife, Ana; his great grandchildren, Lucero, Lea and Alma; his nephew, Robert Lurie and his wife, Jeanne; and his niece Irene Lurie and her husband, Thad Mirer.
There will be a memorial celebration of Dr. Lurie’s life to be held at a later date. Gifts in memory may be sent to Horses for a Change, PO Box 54, Esopus, NY 12429, www.horsesforachange.org.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left for the family of Dr. Lurie, by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com.