By every measurable account, Doctor Asher Black of Syracuse New York was an honorable man. And we were saddened to learn he died two years ago, on March 14, 2012, at the age of 95. Before he retired and moved to the warmer climate of Boca Raton, Florida, Doctor Black treated thousands of patients at his small office on West Onondaga Street in Syracuse. Imagine a doctor 80 years old, still waking up every morning and actually looking forward to taking care of people.
We doubt this man possessed a greedy – or lazy – bone in his entire body. When he graduated from Syracuse University School of Medicine in 1937 he received the “Letter of Distinction.” He served throughout World War II in the Army Medical Corps and was discharged as a Major. For years he served as President of St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was the first known physician to use artificial heart resuscitation outside of a hospital. And he absolutely loved golf.
Dr. Black was a member of the Onondaga County Medical Society; a respected member of his Temple, and honorary chair of the Syracuse Jewish Federation. He was predeceased by his parents, Meyer and Rose Black.
So after a terrific life of successes and the respect and appreciation of thousands – a life that spanned just short of a full century – why on earth would this marvelous gentleman writhe in his coffin?
Well, it seems that Asher Black and his wife Lilly had two sons, both of whom became physicians themselves:
Doctor Harry Black, internal medicine, now age 74, was imprisoned 4 years in the state penitentiary, for Illegal Drug Distribution and falsification of patient medical records, in 2008.
And now his younger son – Doctor Harvey E. Black, age 60 – has been convicted of sexually assaulting his teenage babysitter.
Some folks like to say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
These two did.
And they did it by staining a fine man’s legacy.
What a pity.
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