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Stanley Glickman, Class of 1933

Stanley Glickman, MD, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on the evening of January 5, 2012. He was born in New York City in 1917, the son of Victoria Miller Glickman and Joseph Saul Glickman, MD. He grew up in New York City, attending Townsend Harris High School. Stanley then attended Columbia College in New York, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1937. He stayed on at Columbia, earning his M.D. at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1941.

Stanley then moved to Michigan, to take up a residency in Urology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Dr. Reed Nesbit, one of the most highly respected academic urologists in the country. This was a very productive relationship. Nesbit and Glickman helped to standardize the procedure of transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) and to overcome an obstacle to the widespread adoption of the procedure, which was intravascular hemolysis accompanied by shock. Called the TUR syndrome, it was caused by the use of water as the irrigating solution during the procedure. Following laboratory investigations, Nesbit and Glickman identified glycine solution as the solution of choice for bladder irrigation during TUR. Use of this solution made TURP a much safer option for treatment of prostate enlargement. Stanley Glickman joined the faculty of New York City’s Mt. Sinai Hospital in 1948, where he remained for more than 30 years and achieved a reputation as a superb urological surgeon, with a large practice.

While in Michigan, Stanley met Ruth M. Kaiser, who was on the nursing staff at the Michigan University Hospital. They were married in 1948, when they moved to New York, where Stanley took up his position at the Mt. Sinai Hospital. Stanley and Ruth had two children, Randolph and Robin. In 1954, the Glickman family moved to New Rochelle, NY, where they resided for over two decades. In 1976, Stanley and Ruth moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Stanley took a urology position on the UA Health Science Center-VA Hospital, and worked there into his mid 80’s. Ruth Glickman died in 1993. In 1997 Stanley married Annette Grubiss.

Stanley Glickman is preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia. He will be greatly missed by his second wife, Annette; his children Randolph and Robin, grandchildren Margaret, Trainor, Miller, and ZoëRose, and Annette’s sons Fred, Randy, and Stephen. Also surviving him are niece Hilary and nephew Noel.