A Philanthropic Legacy
Dr. Simon Baruch, pictured here with a patient and a nurse, was committed to using his medical knowledge for the common good.
As a surgeon in the Confederate Army during the civil war he was known for treating anyone who was wounded, even Union soldiers.
After moving to New York City in 1880, Simon Baruch became a pioneering advocate for public health, helping to establish bathing facilities for the large immigrant population of the Lower East Side.
He had a great deal of influence on his son Bernard, helping to shape his attitude toward money.