Dr. Irving Peress


Age: 97

Summary: New York dentist who was drafted into the Army in 1954 whose seemingly routine promotion from captain to major became a Cold War battle cry and spurred a nationally televised congressional investigation when U.S. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy contended that Peress's promotion had been directed by Communists in his relentless anti-Communist campaign, in which the chant "Who promoted Peress?" rumbled across America and unltimately claimed the jobs of several top Army officials, but cost much of his private dental practice in Queens, New York.

Cause of Death: Complications from a broken leg suffered in a fall

Born: July 31, 1917

Died: November 13, 2014

Queens, New York