Irving L Samuels

October 20, 1917January 1, 2013

Dr. Irving L. Samuels, esteemed pediatrician of Westchester County, New York, passed away January 1, 2013, at the age of 95, in Cutler Bay, Florida. Dr. Samuels was a beloved pediatrician who practiced in New Rochelle, N.Y. for over 40 years and was a loving husband and father. During a career that spanned over 40 years, Dr. Samuels tended to over 15,000 children and later treated many of his former patients' children. He was a pioneer in Westchester County in performing exchange transfusions for the treatment of newborns afflicted with RH incompatibility. Dr. Samuels was a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and was an attending physician at New Rochelle Hospital and Westchester County Medical Center. He served as a physician and surgeon in the United States Army Medical Corps during World War II.

Dr. Samuels was a humble man, who always had a joke and a twinkle in his eye for his patients. He was fascinated by words, loved puns, and was a successful competitor in state scrabble events winning many tournaments. He also was an avid bridge player. Dr. Samuels was a graduate of Duke University and the University of Maryland Medical School. He was a loyal fan of the Duke Blue Devils throughout his life. Dr. Samuels had a special appreciation of nature and frequently took his children on nature walks explaining the flora and fauna they encountered.

Dr. Samuels married the former Elaine Newbergh of Rye, New York in 1941 and they shared a loving marriage for over 71 years. Dr. Samuels was the proud father of three children, Dr. William Samuels of Providence, Rhode Island (Elizabeth), Laura Samuels of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Susan Robins of Miami, Florida (Philip). He was the grandfather of Dr. Eve Samuels Fields of Vienna, Virginia (Michael), Dr. Aaron Samuels of Atlanta, Georgia, , Jason Robins of Boston, Massachusetts, Allison Robins of Miami, Florida, , Elissa Robins of Santa Monica, California (Timothy Rondeau), Carly Robins (Joseph Geraldi ) of Brooklyn, New York, and Toshin Samuels of Chatham, Massachusetts. Additionally, he was the great-grandfather of Benjamin and Theodore Fields and Madeleine and Collette Rondeau. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013, at the home of Philip and Susan Robins, officiated by Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan of Temple Beth Chai in Coral Springs, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to The Smile Train at


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Nancy Lee Torrey Hesse

February 6, 2013

Sincere condolences to the bereaved family. May the Creator lead you to peace in this sad difficult time and to find the goodness he left in each of you.

Laura Samuels

January 29, 2013

It is very hard to find words to say how grateful I am for the love, support, and sweet sharings of parts of my father's life that I both knew and enjoyed myself (the many times he "got" my belly button or tickled me with a flourish just before bed) and the parts I did not know but so enjoyed hearing about. This has been a hard time for my whole family and for close friends and others who knew him. Our father was serious, brilliant, with a flair for mischief and fun, a love of quiet things like the beauty of nature, and likely to break out in song with my mother especially on long, family trips. He was a very special person to all of us. My mother was with my father for 71 years. Right up to the last days of his life, his sense of humor, love of puns, and enjoyment of the whimsical and silly, prevailed. I liked seeing a smile break out across his face at such times. The statements of others on the guestbook have meant alot to my mother - to all of us. Both I and my sister have routinely read the statements to her. The support of family means alot at such times. Now, through all your sharings, we have an extended family as well. I thank you all with all my heart. Thank you very much.

Kathleen Bergin

January 25, 2013

Just found out about the death Of your Dear Dad. I was Doctor Samuels secretary for over 6 years until the day he retired. He even took care of my 2 children who are now 40 and 41. Your father was a wonderful doctor to all his patients and the best boss that anyone could ever have! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn Gale

January 20, 2013

Condolences to the Samuels at this time. Susie: I only met your parents on two occassions and can honestly say that I thought and still do think how lucky you were to always have both parents in your corner.

Joyce (Gailhard/Lore) Moses

January 18, 2013

So sad to hear about Dr. Samuels. Please accept my condolences to all the family. He certainly has left a proud legacy. He was my pediatrian and also for my 2 sisters and 2 brothers. He was also my daughter's pediatrician until we moved away. We both attended his office retirement party. He had a wonderful demeanor and warm smile. It appeared that everyone I knew had Dr. Samuels as their pediatrician. He really stood out in the community.

William Samuels

January 17, 2013

Thank you, all, for the thoughtful and loving vignettes and expressions of sympathy. It is especially helpful to hear of the experiences of his former patients, as they present a side of my Dad that I never saw. I did know of the astronaut test and the tomato juice extracted from blood vessels.

I think my Dad was on a mission to save children, as he lost his older brother, Ted, at age 4 from the flu epidemic of 1918. From the feedback from everyone, it sounds as if he was highly successful. Thank you

Megan Homer

January 16, 2013

Laura and family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. Wishing you strength and comfort.

Tammy Thompson

January 16, 2013

We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your father Laura. Your co-workers back on Cape Cod are thinking of you! Much sympathy~

January 16, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.
Gina Florentino

Susie Robins

January 16, 2013

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have shared your memories and stories about my father. He was a very special and unique person and we all miss him terribly. Your thoughts and condolences are especially a comfort to my mother as well as the rest of the family.