Harvey Leon Ozer

Harvey Ozer died at home after a long illness, on Rosh Hashanah, year 5776 (September 13-15, 2015) at age 77. His wife will not sit Shiva, due to the high holiday. Harvey, and I, as his wife met late in life--but had the most beautiful 16 years together. Love, respect, shared interests, fun and total enjoyment of each- others' company. The most beautiful person, will be missed forever by his wife Anna, brother Mark and sister-in-law Martha, daughter Juliane and grandchildren Grayson and Vivi. Also survived by the whole extended Ozer family, Zitomorsky family; and by the Gaston-Reilly and Thompson family members. He will also be remembered by his personal friends, and all he came across in his long professional career. Harvey prepared for college at Boston Latin School, received in 1960 an A.B cum laude, majoring in Russian history, from Harvard College (a member of Dudley House), and received his M.D. from Stanford in 1965. Harvey served as Chair of the Departments of Genetics and Micro-biology, was professor in each; and was the creator and first Director of The Cancer Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J. (in 2013 merged with Rutgers University to form the Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences). He retired as Professor Emeritus in 2014. In his memory, contributions can be made to your choice of Cancer Research Funds.


Published in The New York Times on Sept. 20, 2015