Cornerstone Laying of Beth Israel Hospital

Friday, June 06, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Tommy Cowan reports.
Samuel Hausman, executive vice president of the hospital presides.
Rabbi Israel Goldstein presents the invocation.

The building is named after Charles H. Silver, he gives a speech thanking the hospital board for the honor. He also states that this building will stand as a testament to future generations about the ingenuity of this generation.

Alben Barkley speaks about the great generosity of the people of New York and the large donations New Yorkers make to humanitarian causes. He pays tribute to Beth Israel Hospital, and refers back to the time of the Great Depression, when few hospitals were built and few people pursued careers in the medical field.

Mayor Impellitteri notes the noble mission of Beth Israel Hospital and particularly pays tribute to Charles H. Silver.

Bernard Baruch talks about how Silver "epitomizes opportunity America gives everyone, regardless of race or creed" - particularly, Baruch mentions that Silver came from humble beginnings to achieve greatness.

Dr. Currier McEwen, dean of the College of Medicine, New York University. He mentions the forthcoming cornerstone laying for NYU Bellevue. He speaks of the cooperate efforts between NYU College of Medicine and Beth Israel Hospital.

Milton Weill, president of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies closes the ceremony, notes that the federation members donated $450,000 to Beth Israel Hospital's efforts.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70054
Municipal archives id: LT974


Alben William Barkley, Bernard M. Baruch, Tommy Cowan, Israel Goldstein, Vincent R. Impellitteri, Currier McEwen, Charles H. Silver and Milton Weill


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