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ADLER, Merwin Stanley

ADLER - Merwin Stanley Age 91, passed away on September 29, 2012 from the end stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Born on April 9, 1921, he was raised in Buffalo, New York where he attended Canisius College, a Catholic university. Since he was Jewish, his classmates at Canisius made him an honorary Irishman by giving him the nickname "Murphy," which stuck with him for the rest of his life. During World War II, he served as a First Lieutenant in the Pacific as a member of the US Army Air Corps. He was a member of the famed Jolly Rogers 90th Bomb Group who have been called "the best damn heavy bomb group in the world." Merwin had unique talents since he was initially trained as a navigator and was supposed to fight the Nazis in Europe. The day before he was to fly to England with his crew, he was told that he was going to be sent to the Pacific instead, and would be trained as a bombardier. The crew he trained with as a navigator were all killed when their plane crashed upon their arrival in England. Based on his training as a navigator, Merwin became a Radar Bombadier on a B-24 long range bomber since he could accurately drop his bombs even when cloud cover obscured the target. He was also trained on the top secret Norden bomb site, which gave him great accuracy to hit his targets when the sky was clear. He survived 51 missions, even though he was often the lead bombardier in the flying formation. At the end of the war, when he was bombing mainland Japan, he was specifically ordered not to bomb an obscure city called Hiroshima. He later fully understood the significance of this order when the atomic bomb was dropped, which immediately ended the war. Despite the historical significance of his service, being forever humble with a great sense of humor, he always told his children and his grandchildren that during the war, all he did was "kill a lot of fish." After the war, with the help of the GI Bill he graduated from the New York School of Podiatric Medicine in New York City where he met and married the love of his life, his loving wife, Florence. Merwin went home to Buffalo to practice as a podiatrist and became a leading pioneer in minimal incision foot surgery, which is now widely accepted as the most effective treatment for reducing infections and providing quick patient recovery. In 1983, he and Florence moved back to the New York City area where he continued to practice podiatry until his retirement in 1990, when they moved to Orlando, Florida. Merwin, after seeing the horrors of war in World War II, became a forceful advocate of peaceful resolution of international conflict without the use of force. He was involved in many political campaigns to achieve this goal and actually met three US presidents during his lifetime, Nixon, Carter and Clinton.
A lifelong athlete, he played competitive tennis until he was 88 years old. He was a lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills and a longtime season ticket holder who attended three different Super Bowl games to watch his beloved Bills.
He is survived by his loving wife, Florence; children Jeffrey (Fran), Marshall (Debra), Wendy; his grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew, David; a sister and two brothers. He was predeceased by two children, Burton and William. To know him was to love him. His kindness and zest for life were inspirational. To honor his memory, the Adler family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, and to Hospice of the Comforter.

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