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Portrait of Edwin L. Harmon, M.D., 1901-1994

Portrait of Edwin Harmon, M.D.

Brief Biographical Sketch

Birth: May 23, 1901    
Death: September 17, 1994
(SOURCE: Social Security Death Index)


  • 1962 Portrait presented by Alumni & Staff
  • 1939-1958 Director of Grasslands Hospital 


Edwin L. Harmon was Director of Grasslands Hospital, the predecessor of Westchester Medical Center, from 1938-1958. Dr. Harmon was an active proponent of medical education and the medical profession with a visionary understanding of the needs of the community.  In 1941 he led a panel discussion on how the medical and social welfare professions could work together to better the community. A newspaper article from 1955 acknowledges that under the directorship of Harmon,  “Grasslands Hospital has emerged as an educational center as well as hospital which is setting precedents in care of the ill.” According to the hospital’s 1955 annual report, Harmon was responsible for initiating training programs at the hospital, opening a school for practical nursing, developing a home care program, constructing an emergency and outpatient wing and expansion of the psychiatric facility. 

Selected Biographical Articles