It has been many years since I lived in the Long Beach / Island Park area.
But this site, which one of my sons came across, is giving me the opportunity to tell of an incident which I have never forgotten.
When the polio vaccine was first used in the 1950's, the shots had to be given in a series.
Dr. Pearl gave my 4 children their first shots. When they were due for the next ones, he mailed a reminder.
I was raising my children alone on a very limited income and could not afford to bring them back. On the other hand , I didn't want him to think that I was being neglectful, so I wrote and explained that I was not able to afford the visit at that time. In no time at all, he sent a letter, telling me that it was very important that my children receive the follow up vaccine...and to please bring them back immediately, at no charge!. Which I did..gratefully.
A day or two later, I was shocked to learn that he died. I knew nothing about his family. But if any of his children or grandchildren are still in Long Beach, I would like them to know of this act of kindness. One of the last he performed and which 50 years later, still stays with me.
I will never forget him.
Thank you. Mrs. D. Roman