Obituary — William R. Solomon


William (Bill) R. Solomon, professor emeritus of internal medicine, died peacefully the morning of Nov. 6. Bill had been living in University Living Senior Living Facility in Ann Arbor since November 2021.

Bill is survived by his three children, Marjorie (William Kobertz), Jonathan (Lorraine Hough) and Peter (Robin Solomon) as well as four grandchildren, Sydney, Zachary, Qwynn and Naia.

William R. Solomon
William R. Solomon

Bill was born June 27, 1930, in New York City, the only child of Sidney and Jeanette Solomon. He attended the Bronx School of Science for high school and went on to Columbia University.

After college he received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1955. He completed his internship at the University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1956 followed by a residency at the University of Michigan where he was reunited with his childhood friend, Lois Malzman, and they married in 1957.

During his medical education, he served in the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks, Alaska. After completing his military service, he combined his love of botany and science by specializing in internal medicine, specifically allergy and immunology, at U-M until he retired in 2012.

During his tenure at U-M, he published more than 40 articles on allergens and served as the allergy and clinical immunology division chief for 10 years.

Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of Temple Beth Emeth and a great supporter of numerous Jewish organizations and charities. Bill was also an avid fan of U-M sports teams.

He loved traveling to all corners of the world with Lois, pursuing his interests in ancient civilizations and bird watching. He adored learning new languages and had a special fondness for the English language. He continued to correct his middle-aged children on the proper use of the English language even in his twilight years.

He will be buried in New York City next to his wife, Lois, who died in 2015.

The family is grateful to the staff at University Living and to the care given by Arbor Hospice. Expressions of condolence in the form of support for The Nature Conservancy or Audubon Society are warmly encouraged.

Submitted by the Solomon family


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