WESTFIELD, NJ — Two town natives are inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019-20.
Dr. Virginia Apgar, the famed anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar Score; and Charles Addams, the cartoonist and creator of The Addams Family, are among the 2020 inductees into the New Jersey Hall of Fame representing the best and brightest people in the Garden State.
Both Apgar and Addams will be posthumously inducted during a one-hour virtual pre-recorded ceremony to be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 18, on several television, radio and social media platforms, the Hall of Fame announced.
Apgar, an obstetrical anesthesiologist, is best known for creating the Apgar Score, a clinical system for evaluating the physical condition of newborns with measurements of skin color, reflex, muscle tone and breathing. Born in 1909, Apgar died in 1974.
Apgar assisted in the delivery of over 17,000 infants and was the first woman to hold a full professorship at Columbia University. Widely regarded as the founder of the medical specialty neonatology, Apgar also directed research programs in the causes, prevention and treatment of birth defects at the March of Dimes.
In 2009, the Westfield Historical Society Inducted Apgar into its Hall of Fame. And on what would have been her 109th birthday, Google honored Apgar with a doodle on its home page.
Addams, who was born in 1912 and raised in Westfield, was one of the country’s premier cartoonists with his work prominently featured in The New Yorker Magazine.
His most successful creation, The Addams Family, was inspired by his hometown surroundings. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical and a 2019 animated movie.
As a youngster, Addams was fascinated with a Victorian house a couple of blocks away from his childhood home on Elm Street. It is said that this house later became his inspiration for the Addams’ family’s creepy mansion.
Addams' life and works are celebrated annually in Westfield with AddamsFest, a town-wide festival that started in 2018. He is also a 2009 inductee into the Westfield Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.
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