Frauenthal Ashes Tossed to Winds

Wish of Hospital's Founder is Honored Long After Death

New York Times

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The ashes of Dr. Henry W. Frauenthal, founder of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, were scattered yesterday from the roof of the hospital in Madison Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets. Dr. Frauenthal died in 1927. His will directed that he be cremated and his ashes stored in the hospital until yesterday, the fiftieth anniversary of the incorporation of the institution. On that date he requested, the ashes be scattered from the roof "to the four winds."

The ashes, in a heavy, green onyx urn with gold ornamentation were brought out from the hospital chapel yesterday by Abraham Rosenthal, executive director of the hospital. Accompanied by hospital officers, he carried them to the roof of the eight-story outpatient' building.

There, Herman C. Frauenthal, a trustee of the hospital, nephew of the founder and his closest surviving relative, tossed the ashes by hand over a parapet facing north. With Mr. Frauenthal were his wife and two sons, Stephen 16, and James, 11.

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