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In Memoriam: Norman Horwitz, M.D.

George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Professor Emeritus of Neurological Surgery NORMAN HORWITZ, M.D., died Oct. 2 at his home in Chevy Chase, Md. of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 87.

During a career spanning five decades, Horwitz trained generations of neurosurgical residents through his affiliations with GW and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

He was noted for his role on the surgical team that removed an explosive bullet from the neck of Officer Thomas Delahanty, who was shot while escorting President Ronald Reagan from the Washington Hilton Hotel during the 1981 assassination attempt.

His father, Alec Horwitz, was a former member of the GW Hospital surgical staff, and his mother, Jean Himmelfarb, was a prominent Washington lawyer.

Horwitz graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in the District in 1942. He completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton in just two years and graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1948.

He was a post-graduate research fellow in neurophysiology at Yale University. During the Korean War, Horowitz served in the neurosurgical unit at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1956 he came to Washington, D.C. to start his private practice and accept a faculty appointment at SMHS. Horowitz served as an attending neurosurgeon at GW Hospital until his retirement in 1995, when he also retired as chair of neurosurgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Elinor Lander Horwitz; sister, Annetta Kushner; three children, Erica Horwitz, Joshua Horwitz, and author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Horwitz; and seven grandchildren.