Born: May 11, 1916

Died: March 28, 1991

Sophie Philipowicz (also spelled Philipowitz) worked as a surgical secretary at Ray Brook Hospital. She served with Dr. David Pecora. Dr. Pecora wrote in his memoir, Raindrops, "The Surgical secretary, Sophie Philipowicz was a whiz, who would have been worth her weight in diamonds in the private sector. I never had to give her instructions more than once. She worked rapidly and never made a serious error, almost always completing assignments ahead of time. The Ray Brook staff worked as a team and as a result were able to achieve excellent results."

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 2, 1991

 Sophie Philipowitz

SARANAC LAKE .— Sophie Philipowitz, 74, of 20 Church St, died Thursday, March 28, 1991, at the Adirondack Medical Center in Lake Placid.

She was born May 11, 1916, in New York City, the daughter of Gregory and Eugenia (Laghun) Philipowitz. She had been a resident of Saranac Lake since 1937, and had been a medical secretary at Ray Brook State Hospital for many years, retiring in 1976.

She was a member of the Saranac Lake Duplicate Bridge Club and the. Civil Service Employees Association.

Survivors include her friend of many years, Frank Witkowski of Saranac Lake; a brother Michael Philipowitz of Baltimore, Md.; and a sister Mrs. William (Olga) Patrick of Maspeth; a niece; and a nephew. A brother, John Philips, died previously.

Calling hours were held in Maspeth. Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church in Jackson, NJ: Burial will follow in St.. Vladimir's Cemetery in Jackson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Saranac Lake. Rescue Squad in care of the Fortune Funeral Home, which was in charge of the arrangements.