Saul Krugman, the son of Russian immigrants, was born in the Bronx in 1911. The family, including older sister Shirley and younger brother Seymour, later moved to Paterson, NJ, where Saul graduated from high school at the age of 18. A member of the student council and the debate team, Krugman also loved to dance and was a member of the high school’s drama club. He began his undergraduate studies at Ohio State University in 1929, and after taking time off following his junior year to earn money so he could complete his studies, Krugman graduated from the University of Richmond (Virginia) in 1934.
He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1939, and shortly after graduation began a two-year rotating internship at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn. Krugman met his future wife, Sylvia Stern, in 1939, when her brother Michael introduced them. The two married on February 18, 1940 and soon had two children – Richard, who joined his father in the medical field as a pediatrician, and who currently serves as the Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and Carol, a professional meeting planner who heads her own company, based in Florida. One of his four grandsons, Scott, has continued the family tradition of becoming a pediatrician, earning his degree at Dartmouth Medical College. He currently practices in Baltimore.