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February 1969

Julius Lempert 1890-1968

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(2):439. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020441042

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ON Dec 14, 1968, in a nursing home, after a long and lingering illness, there passed away one of the greatest and most colorful otologists of all time, Julius Lempert. In a very real sense, Lempert epitomized the American tradition of the self-made man who by his own efforts and against great obstacles, rose "from rags to riches" and from obscurity to the highest pinnacle of international scientific recognition and success.

Born in Czarist Russia, Lempert's father decided it was no place to bring up his family when young Julius, as a mere schoolboy, participated in a street antigovernment demonstration, was pursued by mounted Cossacks, and captured hiding under the bed in a house to which the terrified boy had fled. The family moved to New York and Julius became a true New Yorker—he loved this city above any other place in the world, with its art galleries and fine

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