Dr. Harry S. Bezman, 100 years 9 1/2 months, died April 18, 2010 at his home in Calabasas, CA. He was born on July 7, 1909 in Montreal Canada to Laura and Jacob Bezman. The family immigrated to Chicago, Ill in 1911 where he grew up. He went to medical school at the University of Illinois. He married Ida Zasloff in 1934. Because of the depression and scarcity of positions, he came to Garrison, Iowa to establish his practice. In 1938 he moved to Traer. He was a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge and the Shrine. In 1943 he entered the Army Medical Corp where he served in the China-Burma-India region. He was staged in Okinawa prior to the invasion of Japan. He returned to Traer in 1946 where he resumed his practice, until the death of his wife, Ida.
In 1965 he came to Los Angeles, practiced at the Veterans Administration Hospital, and then Ross Loos until his retirement in 1984. In the interim he met his second wife, Doris Mofson, and married in 1966. In retirement he took up ham radio and painting. He periodically wrote articles for the Traer Star Clipper on the anecdotes of a country doctor. He returned to his beloved Traer several times over a period of years. Doris passed away in 2004.
Dr. Bezman is survived by his daughter, Frona DeCovnick of Woodland Hills, CA; his son, Paul Bezman, of Sacramento, CA; and his stepson Gary Mofson of Rowland Heights, CA: his five grandchildren, and his five great grandchildren. One grandchild preceded him in death.
His family, his friends, and patients were blessed with having him in their lives for so many years. They are left with memories and stories. The funeral service was a celebration of life.