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Published: Tuesday, 8/16/2005

Physician served in Army Medical Corps

Dr. Lawrence Rayman, a family physician in Toledo for five decades who was a field doctor for the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the South Pacific during World War II, died Sunday in St. Anne Mercy Hospital. He was 98.

David Rayman, a son, said he did not know the exact cause of his father's death, but that he had been receiving care for anemia and a recurring ulcer.

Mr. Rayman said his father pursued a medical career simply because "he wanted to help people" and he took his Hippocratic oath very seriously.

"He was a family doctor. He made calls all over northwest Ohio at all hours of the day and night," the son said. "Sometimes, he didn't get paid. Sometimes, he got paid in pies. But he never turned down a patient."

For most of his career, Dr. Rayman kept his office on Winthrop Street, near Scott High School. In 1979, he and another doctor established a practice in the Greenside Medical Center at Lewis Avenue and Laskey Road.

Mr. Rayman said his father retired shortly thereafter.

A lifelong Toledo resident, Dr. Rayman graduated from the University of Michigan in 1928 and the Wayne State Medical School and Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery in 1934.

Mr. Rayman said his father considered himself lucky to have a job when he got work as a public-health doctor for the city of Toledo during the Great Depression - a job in which he often worked 14-hour days for meager pay.

In 1940, Dr. Rayman was drafted into the Army and spent three years of his five-year hitch in the jungles of the Pacific Theater patching up wounded soldiers behind battle lines.

Later that decade, Dr. Rayman obtained a patent for a syringe tailored for use by people with impaired eyesight.

But he turned down an offer of $2,000 for the patent and never pursued commercial development of the product, Mr. Rayman said.

Besides reading, Dr. Rayman enjoyed golf. He played often as a young man, then took a 25-year hiatus from the sport while raising his family before returning to it at age 55.

Mr. Rayman said his father's last round was at age 95, on the senior course at Bay View in Toledo. He credited his father's longevity to a healthy diet and avoiding smoking and alcohol.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ruth Rayman; sons, Rolly and David Rayman; daughter, Robin Meyer, and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today in Beth Shalom Cemetery, Oregon. The Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family suggests memorial tributes to Congregation Etz Chayim or a charity of the donor's choice.



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