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Sidney N. Zubrow, 96, Physician and War Veteran

March 11, 2010
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Dr. Sidney N. Zubrow, 96, a physician who practiced medicine for more than 60 years, died Jan. 9 at his home in Philadelphia.

Zubrow was a graduate of Central High School, where he was editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical School. He was certified as a fellow of the American College of Physicians as an internist and cardiologist.

Zubrow's medical practice at Fifth and Pine streets was interrupted by his volunteering for service at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the Medical Corps in North Africa and returned to Philadelphia in 1944.

Several years ago, he was featured in a documentary, "From Philadelphia to the Front," in which he recounted the experiences of a Jewish soldier from South Philadelphia on the battlefields of World War II.

In 1954, Zubrow joined Pennsylvania Hospital as an admitting physician, and spent the next 50 years engaged with patients as a diagnostician and with young physicians as a mentor and teacher.

A music lover, he was a frequent attendee at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as other music venues.

Zubrow is survived by his companion, Barbara Moskow; daughters Betsy Z. Cohen and Diane Z. Sand; sister Ruth Zubrow; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, the former Molly Cohen, in 1996; a sister, Gertrude Gubernick; a brother, Ralph Zubrow; and granddaughter Abigail Cohen.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Molly and Sidney Zubrow Lecture Series, Pennsylvania Hospital, 800 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.

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