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Westport Veterinarian Giving Talk On How He Helped With A-Bomb Tests

Westport veterinarian Dr. Irwin Lebish will talk to the Y’s Men on Oct. 22 about his role in assessing bio-medical effects of nuclear explosions during tests conducted in 1957.
Westport veterinarian Dr. Irwin Lebish will talk to the Y’s Men on Oct. 22 about his role in assessing bio-medical effects of nuclear explosions during tests conducted in 1957. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTON/WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport veterinary pathologist with unique insight into A-Bomb nuclear testing in the 1950s will speak next week before the Y’s Men of Westport/Weston.

Dr. Irwin Lebish will talk to the Y’s Men on Oct. 22 about his role in assessing bio-medical effects of a series of nuclear explosions during tests conducted in 1957.

The talk will be at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road E., Westport.

Lebish is a Bronx-born second generation veterinarian who earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 1954.

He is a member of the Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport and a former president of the Westport Rotary Club.

Lebish was assigned by the U.S. Army to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 1957, he was transferred to Camp Mercury in Nevada to participate in Operation Plumbbob, a series of 29 explosions that contributed to the development of nuclear warheads.

His team of pathologists conducted tests to assess the bio-medical impacts of blast, thermal effects and radiation on experimental animals.

One set of tests on pigs became the subject of the PBS documentary "Dark Circle."

The Y's Men of Westport/Weston is an organization of retired and semi-retired men with a continued interest in activity, fellowship, learning and community service.

Those interested in attending Lebish’s presentation and learning more about the Y's Men should contact John Weiss at weissjf@aol.com.

You can also access the group's website here .

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