LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The founder of the legendary Grossman Burn Center has died, it was confirmed Friday.
Dr. A. Richard Grossman passed away peacefully of natural causes in his home in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, the center said in a statement.
He was 81 years old.
“Throughout his career, Dr. Grossman treated and restored the lives of thousands of patients — firefighters, children, celebrities, and patients from all over the world who traveled to Los Angeles to seek his care,” according to the statement.
Dr. Grossman founded the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles in 1969. He vowed to create a world-class burn treatment facility after a fire at a Chicago school killed 93 children and four nuns in 1958.
Dr. Grossman was also responsible for pioneering many ground-breaking treatments for burn victims.
“He was a kind, giving man who spent his life restoring burn patients’ lives,” said Kurt Richards, a physician’s assistant at the Grossman Burn Center. “We’re very grateful for the time that we had to spend with him, but he will be missed.”
“We are family. That’s one thing the Grossman Burn Center has always said,” Barbara Rook, a nurse, said. “We’re going to get through this by talking to each other and remembering him and everything he did.”
Dr. Grossman is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.