After his release, he rose to a senior post at the leading pediatric hospital in Budapest without joining the ruling Communist Party, said his son. The Hungarian Uprising erupted in to overthrow the Communist regime. The Soviets invaded Hungary and swiftly crushed the revolution. As the Russians began to secure the borders and lower the Iron Curtain, Dr. Polgar decided it was time to flee.
He enlisted the help of revolutionaries who guided the Polgar family -- his wife Katalin and his three children ages 2, 9, and 11 -- in a nighttime trek into Austria. The Polgars emigrated to the United States in and settled near Philadelphia. Polgar rose to the position of associate professor of pulmonary physiology at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a physician at Children's Hospital.
During his tenure in Switzerland, he treated Sophia Loren's children and members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Polgar was an aficionado of classical music and was an accomplished pianist. He was also an avid world traveler and photographer. He enjoyed reading literature in his native Hungarian, English and German. He is survived by children Barbara Massey, Steven and George Polgar, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 at 1 p. Donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Skip to content. George Polgar, 96, Penn professor, pediatrician and pulmonologist. Inquirer Morning Newsletter. Sign Up Inquirer Morning Newsletter.
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