A founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility in 1961, Sol Londe M.D. died this past October. Also, a long-time Los Angeles chapter board member, and frequent author in these pages, Sol led a prestigious pediatric career in addition to brilliantly fulfilling his “social responsibilities.” Long affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis, Sol pioneered research in childhood hypertension. Among other innovations, he helped establish blood pressure standards for children.
After relocating to Los Angeles, at seventy-nine, Sol began working as a pediatrician at the downtown juvenile hall, where he worked for sixteen years. Sol met his wife, Jeanne, also a PSR-LA board member, at a 1983 disarmament protest. Their wedding cake was appropriately decorated with a peace symbol.
In the 1980’s Sol was our group’s most popular speaker. He lectured in schools, at Elks Club meetings and elsewhere about the effects of nuclear testing on human health. PSR-LA director Jonathan Parfrey remembered Sol at a memorial service at Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills. “Sol had an unquenchable hope in people and their ability to right social structures. His faith out-stripped that of religious devotees. Sol believed peace and justice could be won here and now.” Jeanne has generously requested that memorial gifts be made to Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.