Interview Essay - Murray Meisels

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Interview Essay - Murray Meisels

Murray Meisels was born on April 19, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in New York City and came to California in 1941 to attend college at USC. After graduating from USC, he attended the University of Oregon Dental School and the University of Buffalo Dental School. Murray served in the military during WWII and the Korean War. In 1948, he married Francis and they made their home in Buffalo, New York. They raised two children, and Murray owned a dental practice for over 40 years. While raising a family and practicing dentistry, he completed a Masters degree and taught at the University of Buffalo Dental School. In 1991 Murray retired from private practice, but continued teaching part time at the
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However, when he feels unhappy he turns to his wife for comfort; he said "she's pretty smart, she knows me like a book, and most of the time she's right." Sometimes he will go off by himself to mull things over. "I think about how I behaved and process what happened," he said, "After I have some time alone I realize how good things really are. My life is very good."

Regarding activities and how they contribute to his happiness Murray said, "Keeping busy doing things all day long, learning and being with people that I enjoy, not isolating myself from others." For Murray this includes exercising regularly, attending classes, golfing, stamp collecting, and creating craft works.

When asked how the attitudes of others affect his happiness he said, "Other people's attitudes don't affect me as uch as they used to." He is still sensitive to the feelings and attitudes of his family, simply because he cares, but he is learning to go along for the sake of peace. Avoiding unnecessary stress has been an important lesson in his life; "Practicing dentistry was very stressful, think about it Ð most people would come in with the same expressions. They hated coming to the dentist, hated the experience and wanted to leave as quickly as possible. I built a business by taking good care of my patients; I'd often see three generations within a family, but when you hear negative all day long and are

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