Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr. Lee M. Hershenson Oct. 15, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2015 Physician and Photographer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Dr. Lee M. Hershenson Oct. 15, 1927 - Nov. 19, 2015 Physician and Photographer

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Dr. Lee M. Hershenson, a man of science and art, died Thursday of natural causes at his Squirrel Hill home. He was 88.

A physician for five decades, Dr. Hershenson was a gastroenterologist who taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and served as president of the UPMC Shadyside medical staff during his career.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, he graduated from then-Taylor Allderdice High School at 16 in 1944. He went on to complete an accelerated undergraduate degree program at the University of Pittsburgh in 1946. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at 22 in 1949.

Following hospital residencies in Philadelphia and Chicago, Dr. Hershenson served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

He later returned to Pittsburgh and joined his father's gastroenterology practice.

In addition to being a physician, Dr. Hershenson had a lifelong love of photography and was a distinguished and award-winning photographer and classical music lover, his children said.

"He didn't just take pictures," said his son Tom Hershenson of Washington, D.C. "He learned how to manually develop film with the tools you had to use and how to make large prints.

"Photography was more than just a hobby for him, it was an artistic endeavor he pursued with great vigor and the same exacting attention to detail that he brought to his work as a physician."

Dr. Hershenson had solo photography exhibits at the Scaife Galleries and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. His work was among 172 selected winners of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh's 88th annual in 1998 at the Heinz Galleries of Carnegie Museum of Art. His work included assembled head shots of attorneys, rabbis, doctors and firefighters.

The striking portraits were displayed side by side "with no indication of which individual belonged to which of those professions, just showing people as people," Tom Hershenson said. …

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