In Memoriam (Howard Lieberman)
Howard L. Lieberman, MD, GME ’49, professor of clinical ophthalmology, died of respiratory failure March 17 in Chicago; he was 83. Born and raised on Chicago’s North Side, Dr. Lieberman received his MD degree from the University of Illinois in 1946. There he met his future wife, Natalie. They were married during his internship at Cook County Hospital. After military service with the U.S. Air Force in Mississippi, Dr. Lieberman completed training in ophthalmology at Northwestern.
A member of the Northwestern faculty since 1954, he had worked at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center since 1969. In 1996 he received the Humanitarian Award from Resurrection Health Care. Dr. Lieberman was one of the first eye surgeons to use a technique called phacoemulsification, which makes cataract removal easier and less invasive. He also designed a number of instruments including the Lieberman eye speculum.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, Dr. Lieberman is survived by sons Jim and Jack, daughter Julie Oslan, and seven grandchildren.