THE loss of a professional associate of long standing always brings sorrow to his friends and colleagues, and this is particularly true in the case of Alfred Reich, who died in the Cleveland Clinic Hospital on May 22, 1962, as the result of myocardial failure following several coronary insults over a period of years. No living member of the staff and personnel of the Cleveland Clinic has served the institution as long as he, for he began his service with the opening of the Clinic on February 26, 1921, and continued his work here for forty-one years.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, November 1, 1894, he moved with his family to New York City before he was a year old, and he always considered that metropolis his real boyhood home. His father was a printer for one of the city newspapers, and A1 with his brothers and sisters attended grade school and high school, and aided the family finances by various odd jobs, including work on a New Jersey farm. There he became interested in agriculture as a possible occupation for life, and he entered Michigan State University at East Lansing, Michigan, and followed the appropriate course in that field. His first contact with bacteriology came during that period and soon claimed his interest for the remainder of his life. He helped to defray his academic expenses by working in the Michigan State Laboratories. He was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science.
Entering the Army in World War. . .