Stuart Hirsch

Profile Updated: September 4, 2016
Residing In: Yardley, PA USA
Spouse/Partner: Ellin Rosenthal Hirsch, Married 1966
Occupation: Physician-Ophthalmologist
Children: Richard born 1968, married to Megan
Scott born 1971 married to Emily, son Ryder born June 2010
Jonathan More…born 1977, married to Amanda
New Granddaughter will arrive in January to Amanda and Jon
Military Service: Army-Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Research Ins  
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After leaving Shaker I attended Ohio State University where I received a B.Sc. in medical microbiology. I then attend the OSU medical school and graduated in 1968 with an M.D. degree. During undergraduate school I played clarinet in band and the orchestra. Between 1968 and 1976 I was in medical post graduate training. I interned at the Philadelphia General Hospital, Penn Service. I then moved next door to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ophthalmology for my residency. I completed my residency at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and then did a project at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. My area of interest was Microwave Biological Effects on the Eye. I was also stationed briefly at Ft. Meade.

In July of 1976 our family moved to Yardley, PA and I started my practice of ophthalmology and ophthalmologic surgery. Our group, Eye Associates of Bucks County, PA is expanding and I am still active in surgery and medical ophthalmology. I have affiliations at the Wills Eye Hospital and Scheie Eye Institute, U of P, in Philadelphia

I have the same hobbies now that I have had since childhood. I am active in music and in photography. I have had the opportunity to play clarinet in concerts several times a year with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. I was recently invited to play in the World Doctors Orchestra that was formed in 2007 in Berlin. This years concert will be held in Bethesda MD on 9/11 featuring the Mahler Second Symphony

My wife, Ellin, and I enjoy attending concerts of the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia, and of the Boston Symphony in Lenox, MA, during the summers. We also enjoy traveling and visiting our children and grandchild.

On 9-11-11 I played clarinet in the Mahler Symphony #2 with the World Doctors Orchestra in Washington, D C. Barbara Katz and Lynne Selker attended the concert and it was great seeing them again after the reunion.

Shortly after the concert, I was invited to participate in another session with the World Doctors Orchestra. This time we will be playing the Schubert Symphony #9, The Great, in South Africa. We have three concerts: Johannesberg,Cape Town and Elandsdoorn. If anyone has friends in South Africa, let me know. The trip looks like fun but also looks quite difficult.

Recently returned from South Africa. The trip was amazing. The World Doctors Orchestra played three concerts after 2 1/2 days of rehearsal in Cape Town. I had time for sight seeing in both Cape Town and Johannesberg. The highlight of the trip was a day in Elandsdoorn, SA. Elandsdoorn is a small town about 2 hours northwest of Joberg. 50% of the population is HIV positive. The Hugo Templeman clinic is located there. Dr. Hugo Templeman started a clinic about 20 years ago when he left Holland. We had a tour of the clinic and then played the first classical concert with the World Doctors Orchestra at the Miricle Theater.
We also played some African music arranged for the orchestra in addition to a new work, The Healing Melody, written for the orchestra. The last few days were spent in a game reserve observing animals.

Update: July 15, 2015

Since writing we have a new grandson, Colin, who is now 2 1/2years old. I stopped doing intra-ocular surgery a few years ago when a new associate joined our practice. Recently I cut down to 3 days/ week in the office when a second associate joined the practice.
Musically I have had two more trips with the World Doctors Orchestra. Last Fall, I traveled to Chile where we played concerts in Santiago and Valparaiso. My wife Ellin, and my brother and sister in law joined me on the trip. We spent a week in Mendoza, Argentina. following the week with the orchestra. Recently I returned from Seattle and Vancouver B.C. where we played 3 concerts.
Ellin and I are heading to Madrid, Spain in a week for the International Clarinet Association meeting, ClariFest. This will be my first ICA meeting out of the country.
All is well with our family. Ryder starts kindergarten this Fall. Colin will go to pre-school and Sydney age 3.5 years also starts a "Science" pre school.
Ellin just had a big birthday. We celebrated in South Carolina this past April with the whole family.
One last musical item. I am playing in a chamber music week at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox. Mass at the end of August. The program is called ArtsAhimsa. .
Quick update: We have a new grandson, Jacob, born Jan 21,2016 to Amanda and Jon

I am going to be playing once again with the World Doctors Orchestra. The concerts are in October 2016 in San Francisco:
October 8th and 9th. San Francisco Conservatory

School Story:

My favorite funny memory involved my chemistry teacher, Alfred Lata. Al was also our Shakerite photography advisor. One day the class was more than usually undisciplined ... Al told the class that "the next person to talk" would be sent to the principal's office.
Alfred was doing a demonstration of how gas would flow up a pipe of plastic. He put the plastic pipe, about 5 feet in length, on top of a bunsen burner and turned on the gas. He then stood up on the chemistry bench holding a Fisher Burner in his right hand. He then lit the burner, holding it high to light the end of the pipe. I, of course, could not let the moment pass without commenting on how he looked like the Statue of Liberty. The moment was just right. The class cracked up! I then had a visit with Principal Rupp. Later that day, as photography advisor, Mr. Lata told me that he thought that line was great, just at the wrong time.

Other fond memories involve playing in the band under F.E. Hammond. During senior year Dick Shaw and I talked F.E. into allowing us to design the formations for the Heights game . We also asked him not to be involved in the rehearsals. During the game, the band moved into an FE formation and a tribute was done to FE for all of his years at Shaker. He was surprised and touched. We never did find out who on the faculty helped in reassuring FE that things were going smoothly for the game.

I am looking forward to seeing (old) friends and learning about your lives. Let's start from where we left off in 1961. It is hard to deny that the years have passed by so quickly.

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Jul 17, 2019 at 12:33 PM

Note sent to Mark Dixon, Gregg's oldest son and his response
Dear Stuart,
Thank you for reaching out! I am Gregg's first son, Mark. I truly appreciate your shared memories of Gregg, and yes, his oboe playing was certainly a notable part of his life. I apologize it wasn't mentioned in the obituary, but we love to hear him play when he was still able. Indeed, I'm listening to the Marriage of Figaro now at your suggestion. If you have any other pieces that you suspect he fondly remembered, I'd love to know those as well.
It has been quite a tearful, yet joyful experience to communicate with family and friends about my father's death. Notes like yours make it all the more worthwhile. Thank you! 
With deep appreciation,
Mark Dixon


On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 1:32 PM Stuart Hirsch <> wrote:
I am Stuart Hirsch, former classmate of Gregg from Shaker Heights High School, Class of 61. Gregg and I shared many classes together.  I, of course, remember him for his gift in math and science.  During my service time at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, I am an ophthalmologist, a mutual friend, Greg Levin, visited Washington.  He had been in contact with Gregg, and we all met for dinner at a Northern Chinese Restaurant in Bethesda. .  This was shortly after Nixon opened up China and Northern Chinese cooking became the rage.  In fact, it was first time with moo sho pork.  I am assuming that Valarie may remember this dinner.  It was a great reunion. 

I am also assuming that you are Gregg’s son?  In any event, I have another fond memory of Gregg.  I noticed in the obituary there was no mention of Gregg’s oboe playing.   When we played in the high school band together, we performed the Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture.   There is a prominent oboe figure followed by a clarinet motif.  To this day when I hear this overture, I think of Gregg’s playing with the fondest of memories.

Our last meeting was at one of the recent reunions.  We were able to communicate even though Gregg was in a weak state.  I will always remember his warmth, kindness, accomplishments and friendship, and of course, his musical skills.

I am sure that he made a positive impact on all who knew him.  He is missed.

Stuart Hirsch

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Happy Birthday. Many more happy and healthy ones

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Happy Birthday. Many more happy and healthy ones!

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Hope your birthday was exceptionally happy, Stu!. Sorry I missed it. Birthdays seem to be coming around much too quickly. My sister Ruth and I were talking about our days as majorettes. I mentioned that you not only still play clarinet but collect them. She asked if you are related to William Hirsch who went to school with her (and played clarinet).

Jan 27, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Congratulations and Happy Birthday for your many accomplishments
You should be most proud of your music achievements. Kudos to you.

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Happy Birthday to my oldest friend. I hope you keep catching up to me for many years to come. Have a great day. Will call later.

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Posted on: Jul 30, 2018 at 4:42 PM

What a fabulous job you did with all the photos, Stu! I can really appreciate them now after my first cataract surgery. One more week till # 2 and I'll be able to see them in blazing color. Hope your summer is filled with all the things you love to do. Judy

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Jun 07, 2018 at 7:31 AM

Happy Birthday. Many more happy and healthy ones. Best to Lynn

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Happy Birthday. Have a great 75th and many More!

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Happy Birthday Kathy. Many more happy and healthy ones!

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Dec 21, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Happy Birthday Lynn, Many more healthy ones

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Happy Birthday. Many more happy and healthy ones!

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Happy Birthday. Hope you are doing well. Hope to see you one day.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:14 AM
Still practicing ophthalmology full time
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My three sons at Jonathan's wedding to Amanda
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My wife Ellin and daughter-in-law, Megan
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Visiting our grandson Ryder
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Visit to Ireland last Fall
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Getting ready for performance of Mozart Octet with local orchestra
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Daughters-in-law: Amanda and Emily with sons Jonathan and Scott
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Trip to Ireland
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