Rabbi Samuel Vitsick, who has the distinction of having been the nation's first Jewish hospital chaplain, retired last week from his full-time post at Sinai Hospital.
"There is hardly a Jew in Baltimore whose life he hasn't touched," Alfred I. Coplan, chairman of the Associated: The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, said as friends and relatives gathered to fete the chaplain's 35-year service.
Dr. Samuel Abrams, the long-time Sinai surgeon, even remembered the shul, a small synagogue, the Lithuanian-born rabbi operated at the corner of Baltimore and Chester streets in 1940, soon after he moved to Baltimore. The future physician was bar-mitzvahed there. In later years, the rabbi continued to give guidance to the whole Abrams family here and overseas.