Morrie Schwartz

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Morrie Schwartz
Born Morris S. Schwartz
(1916-12-20)December 20, 1916
New York, New York
Died November 4, 1995(1995-11-04) (aged 78)
Newton, Massachusetts
Occupation Professor
Spouse(s) Charlotte Schwartz

Morris "Morrie" S. Schwartz (December 20, 1916 – November 4, 1995) was a sociology professor at Brandeis University and an author. He was the subject of the best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, which was published in 1997 and later made into a film.


Morrie's father, Charlie Schwartz was a Russian immigrant who left Russia to escape the Russian Army. His mother died when he was only 8 years old. After his wife died, Charlie Schwartz remarried a Romanian woman named Eva who became Morrie's stepmother. Morrie had a younger brother David who developed polio at a young age. Morrie's whole family was Jewish.

In adulthood Morrie married a woman named Charlotte and had two sons named Rob and Jon Schwartz.

Tuesdays with Morrie[edit]

Tuesdays with Morrie is a book about Morrie and a former student of his, Mitch Albom. After seeing Morrie interviewed on Nightline with Ted Koppel, Albom started flying to Morrie's home in New England from Detroit for Tuesday visits. Mitch had discovered that Morrie had ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), a terminal neurological disease. After about fourteen visits Morrie finally loses his battle with ALS when it takes his ability to breathe. Albom's book is full of the lessons and wisdom that Morrie imparts to him in his final stage of life.



  • Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson. New York: Doubleday, 1997. Print.

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