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June 20, 2001

Felix T. Rapaport, MD

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Obituaries Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(23):3032. doi:10.1001/jama.285.23.3032

To understand Felix Rapaport, a man who worked until the day of his death—April 12, 2001—from coronary artery disease, one must know the child. Felix was a flower blown by the winds of the most terrible and magical century in human history. His nomadic life began idyllically on September 27, 1929. Pursued by the threat of genocide, his family moved from Munich to Paris in 1935. When France fell to the Germans, the Rapaport family found itself literally at sea, unable to find a port of disembarkation until the Dominican Republic opened its doors. Displaying a quality of character that would sustain him throughout life, Felix interpreted the stay in Central America as a fortunate opportunity to learn his third language. The Rapaport journey then turned north to New York City, Stuyvesant High School, and graduation magna cum laude from New York University (NYU) undergraduate school (1951) and medical school (1954).

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