He was quick with a lollipop to soothe the sting of a shot. He made house calls at all hours of the night to check in on his young patients. The families he served for decades are mourning the loss of Dr. Sidney William Berezin, who died Oct. 12. He was 89.
Dr. Berezin was the first pediatrician to open a practice in Rockland County, his family said. He retired just four years ago, at age 85.
Dr. Elliot Siegal, president of Clarkstown Pediatrics, said that he considered it a privilege to work with Berezin. “He was really an old-school doctor,” Dr. Siegal said today, between seeing patients. “He really loved what he did and did it very well.”
Dr. Berezin joined Clarkstown Pediatrics, one of the county’s largest practices, when he was in his mid 70s. That way, he could ease up on the night and weekend calls. In the guestbook for his obituary on LoHud, though, several remembered his house calls, and kindness (and lollipops).
One former patient wrote:
For many years as a child I was sick with asthma and had to make many trips to Dr. Berezin and every visit he made me feel better with just the way he used to make me laugh and his incredible way that he would calm my fears. … My mother and I both cried today learning of his passing.
Dr. Siegal said at his funeral last week, Dr. Berezin’s kid sister, now 85, recalled how he was always studying. He always had a sign on his bedroom door that read, ‘Be quiet, I’m studying.’ Generations of Rockland families owe a great deal to that studying.