Dr. Norman Sidney Blackman, MD, FAAC, FACP, FCCP
July 23, 1919 – March 14, 2008
Dr. Norman S. Blackman, a cardiologist and prominent member of New York City’s medical community, died in Yonkers on March 14, 2008. He was 88 years old.
As well as treating thousands of patients in his more than 40 years as a physician, Dr. Blackman served as President of both the Medical Society of the County of Kings and New York State Medical Society and was a member of the Board of Regents of the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. In addition, Dr. Blackman served for many years on the New York City Firemen’s Pension Board, where in 1987 he was held hostage by a gunman who had just fatally shot another member of the Board. Dr. Blackman calmly talked the gunman into surrendering his weapon and escorted him into police custody. Local newspapers hailed him a hero.
Dr. Blackman was born in Brooklyn and grew up in the Flatbush section. His wife, Sylvia Blackman, who was a professor at Brooklyn College, died in 1994. One of his twin daughters, Jessica B. Freedman (aka. “Advice Sister Jessica”) of Alexandria, Virginia, died in 2002. He is survived by his sister Dr. Bernice Elkin of Los Angeles, California, and his other daughter, Ms. Alison Blackman Dunham, a writer in Brooklyn Heights.
After attending college at Columbia University and medical school at St. Louis University, Dr. Blackman was inducted into the United States Army, where he served as Chief of Medical Services at Fort George Wright in Washington State. After finishing his military service, Dr. Blackman returned to New York, where he established a cardiology practice in Brooklyn Heights. In addition to being a prominent member of the City’s medical community, Dr. Blackman was a staunch advocate of medical malpractice reform. He wrote extensively on the topic as Editor of the Kings County Medical Society Bulletin and authored a book on the topic with attorney Dr. Charles P. Bailey (Liability in Medical Practice, A Reference for Physicians). He was also an accomplished pianist, inventor, and sailor.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Blackman’s name be sent to The Bargemusic, Ltd., Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY 11201, where a memorial concert is being planned for a future date.