Raising Port Washington: Reflections of a Retired Pediatrician

Dr. Hilton Silver is to be interviewed at the Port Washington Public Library on Sunday, April 7. (Photo courtesy of the Port Washington Public Library)

Dr. Hilton Silver recently retired after 41 years of practice, treating generations of families. Celebrate his career, his retirement, and hear about his experiences as he is interviewed by his daughter, psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell at the Port Washington Public Library on Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Born in Johannesburg, Silver studied and practiced in South Africa. He spent his first two years of medical residency working at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, where he treated illnesses and diseases that are rarely seen in the United States including smallpox, diphtheria, tetanus, and malnutrition.

The Silvers left South Africa in 1977 to make a new home in Port Washington. Silver began his practice on Reid Avenue, moving to Vandeventer Avenue in 1980, to Bernard Street in 1992, and then to lower Main Street in 2011, when he and Dr. Madeline Pugliese joined forces to continue providing top-notch medical care for the families of Port Washington.

Now retired, Silver has more time to sail his Pearson 28 sailboat, repair antique clocks, and further his involvement as a volunteer at Temple Beth Israel. He and his wife Irene are looking forward to traveling and pursuing the interests they share, and to spending more time with their children: Susan and Lewis, Andrew and Karen (who live in Port Washington) and Catherine and Peter, and with their seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 to 25.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of Port Washington Public Library Health Advisory Council thanks to funding from the Port Washington Library Foundation.


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