Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dr. Max Thaler from Magierov Poland to Parishville N.Y.

Dr. Max Thaler (in white) and ? in front of the Flushing Hospital, 1948

My father, Dr. Max Thaler, was a man small in stature, great in soul. He was a small town doctor, a general practitioner, though he could have been a big city neurologist had he so chosen. He was a holocaust survivor, a devout Jew in a secular family, a man who slept little, the phone ringing at all hours, a doctor who always made house calls, even as making housecalls began to grow out of style. He was born in Magierov, Poland, on March 28, 1909 and died in his beloved Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam New York, on September 9, 1989. In the small northern New York hamlet of Parishville, he is still remembered. I never go back to visit without hearing at least one story of someone whose life my father saved.

by Joan Dobbie
September 2006

With grandson Andy Dobbie, 1978

An exhibit at Potsdam Museum opened May 2, 2010

Dr. Max Thaler of Parishville is shown here on Catherine Street standing next to Era Converse on his horse drawn manure wagon. Dr. Thaler was born in Poland to poor Jewish parents. He completed his medical training in Vienna, Austria where he met his wife Angela Brill Thaler. He and Angela fled to Switzerland to avoid persecution during WWII. The couple moved to the NYC in 1948 where Max completed his residency requirements and became licensed in NY State. They came to Parishville in 1950 where Max practiced as a "cradle to grave" doctor.

On display at the museums´ exhibit: MEDICAL MIRACLES MYSTERIES & MALADIES was Dr. Thaler´s medical bag shown in the photograph as well as his microscope from medical school in Vienna and other fascinating artifacts.

It featured Jazz by Bill Vitek refreshments compliments of PACES at SUNY Potsdam. For museum information call (315) 265-6910 or visit their website at www.PotsdamPublicMuseum.org.