Dr. Sylvan Goldberg, 84, Mount Vernon physician and mentor to interns

April 18, 2000|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

Dr. Sylvan D. Goldberg, a Baltimore physician who mentored young doctors as chief of medicine and residency at Church Hospital, died Friday at his Northwest Baltimore home of heart disease. He was 84.

A native of Baltimore, he graduated from Forest Park High School and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. In 1939, he earned a medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

After completing his residency in 1944 at Church Home and Hospital, Dr. Goldberg served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps in England, France and Germany during World War II.

After returning to Baltimore, he opened a private practice in internal medicine at the Medical Arts Building at Cathedral and Read streets in Mount Vernon.

He was chief of medicine and the residency director at Church Hospital from 1967 until 1972.

"He was my mentor," said Dr. Tarique Firozvi, who did his internship and residency under Dr. Goldberg at Church Hospital.

"When I first came to this country I was totally lost. He just nurtured me like a child and more or less reared me and made sure I wasn't in any trouble," said Dr. Firozvi, who came from Pakistan in 1968.

For many other young interns who worked with Dr. Goldberg, "he was a teacher and at the same time he was a friend you could talk to," said Dr. Firozvi, who practices internal medicine in eastern Baltimore County.

Dr. Goldberg retired from private practice in 1985. In his retirement he volunteered for a number of organizations, including the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Center for Infant Study at the University of Maryland Hospital and Jewish Family Services, said his son Jonathan L. Goldberg, of Kennebunk, Maine.

Dr. Goldberg was an avid golfer, a jazz lover and a fan of mystery novels, said his son.

In 1942, he married Bernice "Bunny" Molofsky of Baltimore. She died in 1975.

Besides his son Jonathan, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Louise G. Goldberg; another son, Dr. Nelson H. Goldberg of Hunt Valley; a sister, Irene Abramowitz of Baltimore; a stepson, David L. Meyer of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Ellen M. Abrams of Timonium; and nine grandchildren.

Services were held yesterday at Gordon Chapel of Temple Oheb Shalom in Northwest Baltimore.

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