Flexner family, circa 1870s
Courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Library
Simon Flexner was the fourth son of seven in a large family of nine children: Jacob Flexner, Henry, and Isadore; then Simon, followed by Bernard Flexner, Abraham Flexner, and Washington. The two sisters, Mary and Gertrude, were the youngest. Jacob became a pharmacist and physician; Bernard became a Zionist leader, and Abraham became an educator, eventually influencing the direction of medical education in the United States.
Simon Flexner, exhibit, JEM