The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has named Dr. Arnall Patz of Pikesville the recipient of the 2005 Lester S. Levy Humanitarian Award.
In 1950, Patz, an ophthalmologist, discovered the connection between premature babies in incubators and blindness. He proved that the once-common practice of placing premature infants into incubators filled with pure oxygen, though life-saving, robbed some babies of their sight. From 1979 to 1989, Patz directed the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.
In 2004, Patz was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Lester S. Levy award is given once every two years to the person who best exemplifies the highest Jewish ideals.