Dr. Israel S. Wechsler, Eminent Jewish Neurologist, Dies; Was 76

Dr. Israel S. Wechsler, eminent American Jewish neurologist and psychiatrist, and deputy chairman of the board of governors of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, died here today. He was 76.

Internationally recognized as one of the foremost physicians and teachers in his field, Dr. Wechsler served as president of the American Neurological Association and as president of the New York Neurological Society. He also served as chairman of the Section of Neurology and Psychiatry of the New York Academy of Medicine.

Deeply devoted to the development of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Dr. Wechsler was for many years the moving spirit of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. He dedicated himself to the creation of a great Hebrew University movement in this country and marshalled both intellectual leadership and community support in this effort. He was president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University for many years and served as honorary president at the time of his passing.

Dr. Wechsler was also one of the pioneers of the American Jewish Physicians’ Committee which was founded in 1921 and which is dedicated to the development of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School.

Born in Rumania in 1886, he was brought by his parents to the United States in 1900. He received his first medical degree from New York University at Bellevue Medical College in 1907, and started teaching at Columbia University in 1917. He was a prolific writer, having been the author of many books and articles outstanding in his field.

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