Bernard Hurwitz and Ethel Adler Hurwitz Scholarship
Bernard Hurwitz, known as Bernie to most, was born May 9, 1919, in Waukee, Iowa. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The University of Iowa in 1940 with a B.A. degree in Journalism. In fact, Bernie carried his Phi Beta Kappa key until the day he died.
Bernie served in WWII and was a journalist in the U.S. Army Air Corps near the end of the war. He began his work with the Associated Press (AP) in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1948. In 1957, Bernie married Ethel Adler and relocated to the San Francisco AP bureau, continuing his long and notable career until his retirement in 1984. He covered such stories as the Patty Hearst kidnapping and trial and Vietnam War protests.
His passion for journalism, his alma mater, and his beloved wife never waned through the years. Bernard Hurwitz died December 27, 1999, at the age of 80, but he left a legacy by establishing a bequest to create a scholarship in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, paying tribute to his wife\’s profession and the University of Iowa.
Dr. Ethel Adler Hurwitz was born in Omaha, and received her M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1942—long before it was common for women to enter the professional world. Dr. Hurwitz was a respected and beloved pediatrician in the San Francisco area for nearly 30 years, until her untimely death in 1975 at the age of 60 due to cancer. Many of Ethel\’s former patients (who were young children when she treated them) attended Bernie’s funeral in 1999, truly a tribute to her endearing care and concern.
Ethel and Bernie were devoted to each other and passionate about their careers. Through the thoughtful arrangements Bernie established prior to his death, their legacy will benefit UI medical students for years to come.
Congratulations on receiving the Bernard Hurwitz and Ethel Adler Hurwitz Scholarship