Harold Fonrose M.D. was born in Brooklyn NY in 1925. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty, their four children, Wayne, Mark, Drew and Ward. Brother of his beloved deceased sister Lillian and nephew Paul Porter. Son of his father Gerald and mother Amoy.
Due to his Mother’s early death, young Harold was sent to Trinidad to be raised by his Grandmother. He moved back to Brooklyn at age 20, reuniting with his father and returning as a United States citizen. Harold was soon reminded of his draft eligibility, and agreed with his father that he should volunteer for the Navy. After only a month back in the US, Harold went with his father to the Naval recruiting office. To their surprise, the Navy took him that day. Harold’s father was shocked, so was Harold. His son was taken away. Harold was in the Navy.
Harold always said he was a product of luck and driven hard work. He was not enlisted in just any Navy. He was enlisted in the Naval Hospital Corps as a pharmacist mate. The possibility of assuming that status had only recently become available. President Truman by Executive Order had just opened all lines of service for American black citizens. Prior to this order, the only recourse would have been off-line duty or in the kitchen-service division. Harold later became a nursing aid at the Navel Hospital. Word swirled around that a young shipmate wanted to be a doctor. He was summoned to the Navy’s Chief Medical officer. The Medical Officer asked one question. He asked why Harold wanted to be a doctor. Harold was warned to be careful with his answer, and replied, he thought he would never be bored.
Harold graduated from Adelphi College and later earned a Masters degree from Cornell University in Biochemistry and Nutrition. Harold knew he wanted to become a Doctor despite returning to this country with seven dollars in his pocket and being discouraged by many people that his dream was foolish. He was continually reminded as a youth that his mother said her son was going to be a doctor. He graduated from Howard Medical School in 1958.
Harold went on to become a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Director of A. Holly Patterson Nursing Home in Long Island, NY, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
As a teenager in Trinidad, he loved to play soccer and cricket, so much so that he did not think he could live without cricket. He became a fan of Met’s baseball and would watch Kiner’s corner after a day’s work. Harold and Betty loved to travel, the list of destinations include Paris, Rome, Africa, Far East, South America, the Caribbean and more.
Even with his challenging career, Harold was a loving and devoted husband and father. He taught his boys the importance of loving, protecting and honoring their mother, and that it was their job to follow his example.
Harold was a kind, caring and a very intelligent man who in retirement was an avid golfer and trader in the Stock Market. He is the author of his autobiography “It's Only Money-Memory Is The True Value”.”
He will be greatly missed by friends, family and all who knew and respected him.