David Slossberg

Inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 1986

A native of Leeds, England, Slossberg lived in the Hartford area most of his life. He attended the New Park Avenue and Lawrence Street schools in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford. He earned letters in football, basketball, and baseball at Hartford High, graduating in 1926. After a brief period at the Connecticut Agricultural College (University of Connecticut), he transferred to Trinity College, graduating in 1930. In 1934, he graduated cum laude from Tufts Medical School.

His freshman football team at the University of Connecticut was undefeated. In basketball at Trinity, he was part of a team undefeated for two years in its home games; he scored half the points the team made against University of Connecticut in two games. The college awarded Slossberg the McCook Trophy for best scholar athlete of the year; he was the first Jewish athlete to receive this top honor at Trinity.

Slossberg served his internship and residency at the former McCook Hospital in Hartford and opened a practice in general medicine on Park Street in Hartford in 1936. During World War II, he served as a Navy doctor with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific, as the commanding medical officer of a marine division in the Okinawa campaign and later as commanding officer of a marine hospital in China.

After the war, he returned to his medical practice in Hartford, and in 1954 continued it in Bloomfield until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Slossberg was on the active staff of Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as on the courtesy staffs of Hartford and St. Francis Hospitals.