Jeffrey Ethan Escher, MD, 72, died Sunday, April 26, of complications from COVID-19. Dr. Escher was a sixty year resident of Scarsdale, attending Greenacres, and graduating from Scarsdale High School, as a soccer champion, class of ‘65. He graduated from Columbia University before receiving his medical degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Faculté de Médecine, where he met his wife, Monique Brion. Dr. Escher was a Geriatric Specialist working and teaching in New York/Tri-state area nursing homes and hospitals, and most recently cared for COVID-19 patients before falling ill himself. He loved hearing the stories and wisdom of his patients, and would go above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable and cared for. He selflessly gave everything he had for others and then some. He was once, and always a Doctor.
Even without a stethoscope, Dr. Escher was always kind, generous, and eager to support others. He found joy in many things, including cooking where he always made enough to share. His quick breads, and experimental stews were the best, and left plates clean. He was an avid musician and chose the trumpet early on. That passion followed him his entire life playing in all kinds of settings, including annually with his shofar during High Holy Days at the Westchester Reform Temple, and most recently as a member of Westchester’s very own Dixieland Jazz Band. When he wasn’t playing he was reading, and loved to share the most riveting descriptions of the far off lands in the stories he enjoyed. At the same time he loved art, and supported his wife, who is a practicing artist, in all of her endeavors. He was equally proud of his sons and loved them both very much. He gave them the world, teaching them to be kind, creative, strong, and to follow their dreams wherever it led them.
Dr. Escher is survived by his wife, Monique, his two sons, Max and Sam, and his sister, Dara Gordon. His generosity, wisdom, and love will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
A memorial service will be broadcast by the Westchester Reform Temple, Friday, May 1st at 11:00am. link: https://www.wrtemple.org/live-stream/. Click on the image of WRT’s main sanctuary.
Condolences may be sent to the Escher Family, 257 Nelson, Scarsdale, NY 10583
The family request donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association “In Memory of Dr. Jeffrey Escher” (http://act.alz.org/goto/Jeffrey_Escher_MD)