Charles Hurwitz, 106, died Jan. 13 after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Jean (Parker) Hurwitz. Born in Springfield, he was the son of Solomon and Stella (Buchman) Hurwitz. He graduated from Springfield Classical High School in 1929 and from Massachusetts State College in 1934. He obtained a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. with a specialization in soil bacteriology from Ohio State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and was deployed to Manila from 1944-1945. He lived in Albany N.Y. for 48 years, working as a bacteriologist at the VA Hospital in Albany. He co-authored over 65 scientific publications and served as executive secretary of the Research Committee. In addition, he taught as adjunct professor at two medical schools. In 1998 he moved to Houston, Tex. to live with family and where worked as a volunteer in a laboratory at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is survived by four children, Richard Hurwitz and his wife, Joanne, David Hurwitz and his wife, Lynn, Laura Snyder and her husband, Duane, and Cheryl Hurwitz; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Kornetsky. Memorial contributions may be made to Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096-3907 or


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