Dr. Raphael D. Schwartz of Ridgefield, CT, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, after a courageous battle against cancer and pneumonia. Ray was the husband of his loving wife, Zelda Schwartz, father to Stuart, Linda and Maura, father-in-law to Pam Schwartz, Michael Larsen and Stan Nowakowski; and grandfather to Allie and Talia Schwartz and brother to Claire Finklestein.
From the day he was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 6, 1929, Ray had an insatiable passion and love for knowledge and learning. After graduating Stuyvesant High School at the age of 16, he attended New York University, where he completed a 4-year degree program in only two years, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At the age of 19, he entered medical school at Downstate Long Island College of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. and graduated as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, He then entered into a long and blossoming career in gastroenterology. Ray won numerous academic medals throughout his high school, college and medical school career.