Michel Zeltzman

[ Age 70 ] Nurse practitioner worked with brain tumor patients

February 02, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,sun reporter

Michel Zeltzman, a Johns Hopkins nurse practitioner who spent more than 20 years treating brain tumor patients, died of a melanoma Jan. 26 at his Patterson Park home. He was 70.

Born in Paris, he learned English on two visits to London, where his mother had relatives. After Paris was occupied by German troops - and the death of his father, Albert, in the Majdanek concentration camp - he lived in the south of France. After Paris was liberated by Allied forces, Mr. Zeltzman returned to Paris. He moved with family members to New York when he was 17.

He received a full scholarship to Columbia University, where he studied for three years and then relocated to Baltimore. He earned a nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. He later became a nurse practitioner.

Mr. Zeltzman worked for more than 20 years with Dr. Stuart Grossman as part of a Hopkins neuro-oncology research team.

"He was an active member of the clinical team and he took it upon himself to make sure our patients got the very best care," Dr. Grossman said. "He always related to patients from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. He was a pleasure for us to work with."

Dr. Grossman said that while Mr. Zeltzman had not worked for a year because of his illness, "Patients returning for their follow-ups would ask about him every week."

Mr. Zeltzman also co-wrote scientific articles in his field of medical research.

"He was an intelligent man with a broad spread of interests. He was liberal in politics and had a passionate love of music, especially Bach and Mozart," said his stepfather, Herant Akmajian of Baltimore. "He read Marcel Proust in French two times."

Mr. Zeltzman studied yoga and practiced both tai chi and qigong in Patterson Park.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Homewood Friends Meeting House, 3107 N. Charles St., where he attended meetings. He was a student of Buddhism.

Survivors also include his wife of 41 years, the former Noelle Carol Sullivan, an artist; three daughters, Dominique Zeltzman of Baltimore, Luneige Pampanelli of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Anthea Zeltzman of Portland, Ore.; a stepson, Adam Newby of Baltimore; and six granddaughters.


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