02.07.19

A. Herbert Schwartz, M.D

A. Herbert Schwartz, M.D died surrounded by his family in New Haven on January 28, 2019. Dr. Schwartz, a child and adult psychiatrist, began practicing medicine in 1958 and saw patients until his death at the age of 86. During these 60 years, he formed enduring and transformative relationships with his patients, their families, and his colleagues. Arnold Herbert Schwartz was born on September 16, 1932, to Francis and Bernard Schwartz in Plainfield, NJ.  He grew up with siblings, Helen and Richard. He worked in his parent’s store – Reliable Jewelers, participated in Boy Scouts, played baseball, learned to grow vegetables in his mother’s victory garden, and attended Temple Shalom. After graduating from Columbia College, Dr. Schwartz attended NYU Medical School, (MD 1958) and interned at Lenox Hill Hospital.  Fulfilling his obligation under the GI Bill, he served as a Captain in the USAF.  He and his wife Judith, whom he married in 1957, spent two years stationed in Alabama and Texas. In 1960, the couple moved to Palo Alto where Dr. Schwartz trained in psychiatry at Stanford. There, he had a bountiful vegetable garden with plenty to share with his neighbors, whose mailboxes he stuffed with the excess. In 1963, the couple, and the first of their four daughters, and dog drove across country to Connecticut where he continued his medical training with a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study (1963-1965). Dr. Schwartz then served as Associate Director of Children’s General Clinic Research Unit (1965-71), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry (1966-1971), and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (1971-1991) at the Yale School of Medicine. In 1969, Dr. Schwartz opened a private child psychiatry practice in New Haven, eventually moving it to Woodbridge in 2003.  Dr. Schwartz was a practical, no-nonsense psychiatrist who remained up-to-date on the latest psychiatric practices with nightly journal reading and by mentoring many teachers and psychologists. He was a true healer who nurtured and nudged his patients to see and actualize their potential.  In addition, throughout his long career, Dr. Schwartz provided psychiatric consult services to public and private schools throughout New England.  He had a lifelong passion for a multidisciplinary approach to complex patient care evidenced by his long-standing relationships with Benhaven School for the Autistic Child, ACES, Grove School and Oxford Academy. Dr. Schwartz was an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Distinguished Life Fellow, Sigma Xi Distinguished Life Fellow and a Fellow of Silliman College at Yale University. Living in Woodbridge for over 43 years, Dr. Schwartz served his community as a member of many boards including Continuum of Care and Connecticut Hemophilia Society and as president of the local PTA.  He also continued to have an overabundant garden, loved to swim and play tennis, helped raise four adventurous daughters and gambled wisely.  He and Judith traveled all over the world visiting family and friends in Europe, SE Asia, South America, Australia, China, the Middle East and Alaska. Dr. Schwartz was a beloved husband, treasured father, a much cared-for grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived his wife of 61 years, Judith Adoff Schwartz, his children and their spouses, Deena (Curt), Kara (David), Marna, Thea (Alexei), nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Judith continues to reside at their home of seven years in the Whitney Center.  Condolences can be sent to Judith at Whitney Center, Apt 2712, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden CT 06517.  Donations in his blessed memory can be made on line to the Yale Child Study Center https://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/
Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 29, 2019 at the Northwest Cemetery, Seymour Rd., Woodbridge, CT.

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  1. mark godley said,

    03.20.19 at 10:24 am

    The world is a lesser place with Herb, Dr. Schwartz as I called him, no longer in it. As a 14-year old, he hired me to cut his lawn and shovel snow for a few years in Woodbridge, CT and taught me lessons about kindness and commitment that I’ve carried with me for the last 4 decades. I’m sure I did a horrible job with my landscaping and was completely unreliable as a normal teenager, but you would never have known it each time Dr. Schwartz met me in his front yard with his huge and inviting smile. In my professional life, I’ve hired hundreds of people over the last 20+ years and carry with me his example of how to treat others with dignity and generosity. In my personal life, I hire every teenager that knocks on my door in the San Francisco Bay area and can only hope that I give each of them a fraction of what Dr. Schwartz did for me so many years ago. Godspeed, Dr. Schwartz. With enduring appreciation, Mark