"I've written short stories, plays, a novel and non-fiction,"
Straus' son Alex, with whom he co-wrote the book "Medical Marvels: The 100 Greatest Advances in Medicine," said that although his father spends time alone with his writing, "he now spends a lot of time socializing with other people and developing new friendships at Prospect Park Residence."
"I've always been a fan of science and really enjoy our conversations,"
A Life Story Fit for a Novel
Straus' own story is in itself material for a novel. A gastroenterologist by training, Straus had a notable career as a biomedical researcher, working alongside Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D., about whom he wrote a biography entitled "Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate: Her Life and Work in Medicine." Yalow was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in medicine. Together, the team worked on groundbreaking clinical research into gastrointestinal peptide hormones, and developed techniques in radioimmunoassay, a key tool for the research they conducted and the basis for medical research in other fields. Straus also developed a test for tuberculosis which is used around the world. He taught for several decades at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, where he is a tenured professor after attending Downstate Medical Center, which houses the country's largest medical school. A chapter about Straus' life and accomplishments will be included in a book being compiled about the distinguished Downstate alumni.
Straus' successful medical career also included stints as the co-chair (with Yalow) of the department of clinical sciences at Albert Einstein; chief of digestive diseases at Downstate Medical Center; and co-chair of Downstate's department of medicine. But he found it difficult to stay away from the research lab and continued his work on digestive and other hormones with radio isotopes for nearly two decades. In fact, although he did not do a fellowship in endocrinology, the Endocrine Society made him an honorary member because of his advances in that field.
Coming Home to Brooklyn
Aside from his medical and research careers, Straus' life has been filled with adventure, such as playing football at Brown University and raising a family on New York's vibrant Upper West Side. Family life also included a vacation home in Carmel, New York, where Straus enjoyed riding motorcycles and horses. Son Alex tells the story of his father trading a motorcycle for a horse he admired on the spot; he soon became an equestrian and horse owner, and was a familiar sight in town riding in a surrey pulled by one of his horses.
For his life's latest chapter of semi-retirement, Straus returned to Brooklyn. Alex said that the family looked at other communities but that Prospect Park Residence stood out for its quality of staff and its location. "One of my sisters and I live in Brooklyn and are able to visit Dad frequently,"
Dr. Straus seconds his son's enthusiasm about the community's staff as well as the programs. He particularly enjoys the News & Schmooze current events discussion group and spending time outdoors on the rooftop garden. "The activities here are very good and the community provides outstanding services to the residents," he noted, pointing out that "the people who work here are all extraordinary. I grew up in Brooklyn, so this is a wonderful return to my old stomping grounds."
Prospect Park Residence is located at One Prospect Park West at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope and features independent studio and one-bedroom apartments, inclusive of housekeeping, laundry and linen service; restaurant-style dining, a rooftop garden and easy access to all that Park Slope has to offer. The community also offers on-site licensed home care as needed and Essentia®, a program that provides support and assistance for memory-impaired residents by specially trained staff members. For more information, visit http://www.prospectparkresidence.com/
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About Prospect Park Residence: Prospect Park Residence is a full-service senior living community offering gracious, apartment-style living for independent older adults in the scenic Park Slope section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Located at Grand Army Plaza, the residence is within a short walking distance of the 2 and 3 subway lines, the Brooklyn Public Library and local cultural attractions. Prospect Park Residence's spacious apartments, superior lifestyle services and supportive on-site home health services are specially designed to promote fulfilling and active senior living. Prospect Park Residence also offers Essentia®, a secure therapeutic residential living program specially designed for residents coping with memory impairment issues.