Dr. Abisch poses with school school nursing staff
Agnes Piscopo, Susan Mosher, Sylvia Kent, Mrs. Barnstone
Photo from 1962 Newfield High School yearbook
Dr. Abisch is warmly remembered as Newfield’s town physician. He understood the complexities of the small farming community and he served that community by fitting into their schedule and not forcing them to fit into his. He made house calls, he had nighttime office hours, and he was always accessible to the community. He served as the school physician, making sure the students were healthy and fit to participate in sports. His obituary gives the rest of his story:
Dr. David Abisch, 85 of 28 Pearl Street, died Friday, December 21, 1990 at Tompkins Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 23, 1990 at Temple Beth-El with Rabbi Scott Glass officiating. Dr. Abisch was born on January 1, 1905 in Austria. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Berlin in 1930 and practiced medicine in Germany until 1939 at which time he fled from Nazi Germany to Shanghai, China. During his twelve years in China, Dr. Abisch was active as chief resident of the Isolation Hospital for Infectious Diseases and as a private practitioner. Upon arrival in the United States in 1951 and completion of residency at the Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn, Dr. Abisch established himself as family physician in Newfield where he served the community for over thirty years. Dr. Abisch was a member of the Tompkins County Medical Society, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the American Medical Association and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Abisch is survived by his wife, Martha Abisch of Newfield, a daughter of Ithaca, a son-in-law and two granddaughters, several nephews and nieces.