March 29, 1943 – October 28, 2019
Dr. Harold Milton Horwitz, a prominent Rheumatologist in Rhode Island, died peacefully, at home on October 28. He was 76.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Eileen Shaw Horwitz of Fall River, Massachusetts; and his children, Joshua Mark Horwitz and wife Carmel of Boulder, CO, Jill Horwitz Cohen and husband Andrew of Berkeley, CA; two grandsons, Jasper and Eli; and a brother, Bruce and wife Lois of Newton, MA. He was the son of Dr. Manuel and Minette Horwitz.
Dr. Horwitz, an Eagle Scout, was a graduate of Classical High School, Union College, and Tufts Medical School. He began his medical training as an intern and first year resident at Rhode Island Hospital and then continued his residency at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Harold then spent two years in the United States Army Medical Corps at Fort Bragg, N.C. as a Major and Chief of Rheumatology, after which he completed a Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Horwitz was one of the first Rheumatologists in RI and went on to develop a highly respected private practice in his community. He was an academic appointee at the Brown University Program of Medicine, he was the Chief of Rheumatology and an attending physician at both the Miriam and Pawtucket Memorial Hospitals. Dr. Horwitz was also an attending physician at the Rhode Island Hospital and a member of the consulting staff at Kent County Hospital. During his career he was the President of the RI Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and was the first recipient of their Hall of Fame Award, he was also the President of the RI Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Horwitz was on the board of the Lupus Society and Temple Beth El.
Dr. Horwitz, an accomplished cyclist, skier and sailor, who loved to travel the world, will be remembered as a physician devoted to his wife, family and patients. He will be missed by all who knew him
Funeral services will take place at Temple Beth El, 70 Orchard Ave in Providence at 1pm on Thursday October 31st. Shiva will be held at his late residence.
To assist with the research of Frontotemporal Disorders, donations may be in his memory to "MGH Dr. Dickerson Lab" (Memo: “Dementia Research”)
Mail to: Katie Brandt MGH FTD Unit 149 13th Street, Suite 2691 Charlestown, MA 02129
MGH Dr. Dickerson Lab (Memo: "Dimentia Research")
Katie Brandt - MGH FTD Unit 149 13th Street, Suite 2691 , Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
- Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
November 3, 2019
I had the pleasure and honor to be one of Hal's partners in the rheumatology practice that he and Dr Lombardozzi founded. He built it into one of the premier rheumatology practices in Rhode Island based on his excellence as a physician and caring as a sympathetic provider. Over the course of his career, he served on numerous boards and committees to promote the care of Rhode Island patients with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases.
He was highly respected by his peers in the medical field and by the close knit East Side community of which he was an integral part.
He helped me to establish my practice when I was a newcomer to this state and was always a supportive, honest and moral partner and friend for which I will always be grateful.
His beautiful wife Eileen was always in love him, never wavering in her remarkable support and care for Hal till his last breath.
She and Hal, fortunately, had many cherished memories to reflect upon over the course of their lives together that included travels to the four corners of the world as well as visits with their lovely son, daughter and grandchildren out west.
Simply put, they don't make them like this anymore. Our lives and community are diminished by his passing.
May God speed his next journey and welcome him in his loving arms and give comfort to his grieving family and friends.
October 30, 2019
To the Horwitz Family,
I want to extend my sincere condolences to the Horwitz family.
As a patient for over thirty years, I had the benefit of the highest quality care and most interesting conversations on every visit.
He was the best!
DAVID M LOVIT
October 30, 2019
I did not remember Harold and I shared the same birthday. He had me by 16 years. Harold was married to my Dad's first cousin ,Eileen.
I remember , when I was just a kid growing up in S.C. driving to Fayetteville, NC to visit Eileen and Harold when Harold was in the Army. My father always loved going to see his family when near. Harold was such a nice guy.
I know he will be missed.
May his memory be for a blessing.
Heidi and David Lovit
October 29, 2019
Hal was the best definition of physician, friend, mentor, teacher, husband, father and, I am sure, grandfather. He lived the Scout Oath to “help other people at all times”, to keep himself “physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight”. The rheumatology community has lost our best. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and patients.