Fort Hamilton Hospital staff and volunteers are remembering sculptor and holocaust survivor Alfred Tibor, who died March 18 in Columbus. Tibor created the Happy Family sculpture in commemoration of the hospital’s 75th anniversary in 2004. The sculpture is displayed in front of the hospital’s main entrance.
“We were saddened to hear of the death of Alfred Tibor,” says Michael Mewhirter, president of Fort Hamilton Hospital. “Alfred was a very gifted artist whose work we proudly display. The sculpture embodies the spirit and dedication of our employees to provide quality and compassionate care to everyone who comes through our doors.”
The sculpture was made possible through a generous donation from Dr. James and Terrill (Terri) Stewart. Dr. Stewart is a retired general surgeon and served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Fort Hamilton Hospital. “Visiting Alfred at his home and seeing his work around the Columbus area was inspiring,” Terrill Stewart says. “He was such an extraordinary man—at age 83 he was climbing around his sculpture like a 30-year-old. Jim and I were happy to have been able to celebrate Fort Hamilton’s history with this beautiful Happy Family sculpture.”