Saul Krugman M.D. – Physician, Scientist, Teacher 1911-1995

  • Saul Krugman, M.D.

  • Dr. Krugman receiving a traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand

  • Dr. Krugman (front row, 3rd from left) with staff at Cumberland Hospital (top), Dr. Robert Ward, former Professor of Pediatrics (bottom).

  • Dr. Krugman with young boy, Dr. Elaine Ralli, nurse and Sloan Simpson, wife of NYC Mayor William O'Dwyer.

  • New Chief of Pediatrics Department, 1960

  • Dr. Krugman with Lasker Award winners

  • Lasker Award

    The Lasker Public Service Award Statuette, approx 17" tall 6" diameter, is a copy of the Winged Victory of Samothrace (left), Lasker Public Service Award (right)

  • Howland Award

  • Dr. Krugman with cousin Albert Sabin on the occasion of receiving the Bristol Award

  • Bristol Award and Medal

    Bristol Award (left), Bristol Award medal (right)

  • Dr. Krugman with his daughter on the occasion of his 80th birthday (top), Three generations of pediatricians. Dr. Krugman with his son and grandson (bottom)

  • Dr. Krugman with his wife Sylvia

  • Medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia

    Krugman’s medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1939

  • Dr. Krugman and his wife, Sylvia circa World War II (top), Dr. Krugman at desk in dispensary (bottom).

  • Dispensary and handwritten log

    Dr. Krugman with Dispensary staff (left), Dr. Krugman's handwritten mission log 1944-1945 (right).

  • Krugman in military uniform (top), Flight Surgeon Wings (bottom), Medals from top to bottom: American Campaign Medal, American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, WWII Victory

  • Military Service Record

    Certificate of Service (left), Certificate of Appreciation for War Service (right)

  • Joe Dancis (Left) shaking hands with L. Emmet Holt, Jr., Dr. Krugman stands in the back

  • Passing

    After a stroke in 1991, Dr. Krugman recuperated for a while in Florida, but continued to spend time in his lab in New York. Saul Krugman loved his work, and reluctantly retired from the NYU faculty in September 1995, at the age of 84. He moved to Florida with his wife Sylvia, and suffered a second stroke in early October. On October 26, 1995, Saul Krugman died of a cerebral thrombosis. At the time of his death, NYU Department of Pediatrics Chairman Dr. Wade Parks said of Krugman, "Saul Krugman has done more to eliminate pediatric infectious diseases than any other person ever." Krugman's obituary in the New York Times read, in part:

    He was a distinguished teacher, scientist and physician, 
respected by his colleagues and peers, and beloved by students. 
A national figure with an international reputation, 
he was the ideal of the physician and scientist. 
He combined the vast knowledge of pediatrics with 
the great abilities of an innovative and imaginative
investigator to the enormous benefit to patient care.

    Available in PDF:

    NYU School of Medicine Memorial Service Program

    Carol Krugman's remarks

    Scott Krugman's remarks

    Joe Dancis' remarks

    New York Times obituary

    Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal obituary

  • About the Saul Krugman Collection at the NYU Medical Archives

    The Saul Krugman Collection is contains materials related to honors and awards received by Krugman, biographical records, career-related documents and objects, and documents and realia from Krugman's military service during World War II. Items in these categories include, but are not limited to: photos, articles, certificates/licenses, medals, plaques, programs, and correspondence. Materials are open to researchers by appointment.

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