Curing from TB at Trudeau was ‘just a wonderful gathering of people’

Living History by By Kayt Gochenaur, Historic Saranac Lake

Marjorie Wolinsky (Photo provided)

Marjorie Wolinsky (nee Claster) left New York City for Saranac Lake’s Trudeau Sanatorium in 1939, when she was just 20 years old.

She remained a patient at the Sanatorium for six years. Marjorie compared staying at the Sanatorium to college. It was, she said, “just a wonderful gathering of people,” and that she “made some of the best friends” while at Trudeau.

In 1945, Marjorie met her husband, Emanuel Wolinsky, who was also curing at the Sanatorium. Emanuel was a graduate of Cornell medical school, and after recovering from TB, he went on to become an accomplished research scientist.

A talented pianist, Marjorie became part of the Saranac Lake Concert Society, which brought concerts by world class musicians to Saranac Lake. Marjorie and Emanuel moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1956, after the Sanatorium closed, but they would return to Saranac Lake every summer.

Marjorie will be celebrating her 100th birthday this March. What she remembers about Saranac Lake and Trudeau Sanatorium was “warmth, friendship, love.”

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