Sunday, December 02, 2012
Daniel Harvey Adler of Weston, a physician who delivered thousands of babies over four decades serving Westport and Weston, died Dec. 2 of natural causes at his Weston home, his wife Susan Adler said. He was 92.
A pioneer in his field, Adlerr was an early practitioner of the use of midwives in deliveries and in-office procedures like laparoscopy.
An outspoken advocate of women’s reproductive rights, he provided pro bono care to indigent patients in Norwalk while operating a private OBGYN practice in Westport, from 1954 until 1985.
He was named the first chairman of the OBGYN department at Norwalk Hospital in 1980, a post he held until 1985.
During that time, he helped establish an exchange between Norwalk Hospital and Yale University, and through that served as an assistant clinical professor at Yale.
He later worked in an administrative role at Norwalk Hospital and for the OBGYN department at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport until retiring in 2000 at the age of 80.
Adler was remarkably well read on all manner of current events, politics and academic subjects, and he was known for having a razor-sharp wit and sense of humor, his family said.
His interest in national and global affairs led to friendships with journalists Harry Reasoner and Gordon Manning, as well as others in film, science and other non-medical fields.
He was a passionate supporter of the Democratic Party and served on the Weston Democratic Town Committee.
He hosted presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy in his home and met with Democratic presidential hopefuls George McGovern and Sargent Shriver when they visited Westport. At 92, he reveled in the recent victory of President Obama.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Aug. 3 1920, he attended the University of Arizona, where he won a letter running varsity track, and he earned a Bachelor’s degree at New York University and his MD at NYU College of Medicine.
He served as a captain in the U.S. Army in the Medical Corps from 1943 to 1948 and was posted at the 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany.
He did his internship and residency at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and went into private practice in Brooklyn with his father, also an OBGYN, in 1950, before starting his own practice in Connecticut in 1954.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Buckley Adler, whom he married in 1964, sons from a previous marriage Andrew Adler and Roger Adler of Hartford, adopted son William Adler of Westport, and three grandchildren, Reid, Zachary and Amanda Adler. An adopted daughter, Felicity Adler, died in 1989.
Final arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to Planned Parenthood or the Weston Volunteer Ambulance.
Posted 12/02/12 at 10:11 PM
I was saddened Sunday to learn of the death of Dr. Daniel Adler of Weston formerly of Westport. The community has lost another irreplaceable asset. Danny was the first obstetrician-gynegologist to open a practice in Westport. He was one of the first physicians to occupy the old Colonial Green Medical Office Building when it first opened in 1954 and was directly across the Post Road from the Congregational Church. His office was directly across the hall and opened at exactly the same time that I opened my office with my late wife Dr. Jean Beasley.
Danny Adler soon became one of the outstanding practitioners of his specialty. His office became the first, and the principal OB-Gyn group practice in Westport. After his retirement, those that he brought into practice continued the group which has now developed into the Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology. He became the First Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Norwalk Hospital, and was a member of the Faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine. Danny was also responsible for developing the affiliation of Norwalk Hospitals Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology with the Department at Yale.
In addition to his medical attributes, he has been over the years active and supportive of many of the social and political issues so important in the development and improvement of our society and our nation.
He will be missed by many of us, and we will forever be grateful for what he has offered to the medical profession, our community and the quality of our lives.
Thank you Dan, I shall always remember
My sympathy and thoughts to his wife Sue and his family.