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DR.  MARTIN J. WOHL Obituary
WOHL, Dr. Martin J. Passed away suddenly on August 20th, 2014 on his beloved island of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where he summered over four decades. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Wohl became one of the kindest and most prominent of Boston physicians. He was known in the medical community as a great diagnostician, and he practiced his craft "Old School" - when it was necessary, he would spend hours with patients to ensure that they left his office with a sound, comfort level of the plan of care he would provide them. He was a gifted, true healer. A patron of the Arts Dr. Wohl was a lifelong supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts and most all Boston area Art foundations. He spent much of his spare time engaged with Art and Music. He is fondly remembered for the lavish parties he and his late wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Beck Wohl, hosted at their Brookline home. He was a very proud father and grandfather who held a deep devotion to family. An avid traveler, his trips spanned the globe, including Europe, Egypt, Australia and Asia, but he was most fond of Canada's Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and its mountains surrounded by ocean. He loved the culture and people who live there, to whom he felt indebted. Educated in the Brooklyn school system, he graduated fromHarvard University in 1953 and Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1957. His Postdoctoral training began in 1957 as an Intern and Assistant Resident in Medicine in 1959 at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. He came to the Boston area and began his 45 year affiliation with the Massachusetts General Hospital, beginning as Resident in Medicine in 1962, retiring as an Honorary Physician. He performed Clinical and Research Fellowships as Clinical Associate, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, NIH and Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA until 1965. He held Academic Appointments beginning in 1965 as an Assistant in Medicine, becoming an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in 1971. His Hospital Appointments began in 1961 as Physician, Rip Van Winkle Clinic, Hudson, NY followed by Assistant Physician, Harvard University Health Services in 1963 and serving as Director of the Medical Area Health Services from 1986 until 1999. Upon his retirement from his position as Director of the Medical Area Health Services at Harvard, at the urging of his private patients, he set up practice at the Monitor Company, Cambridge, MA until his full retirement several years later. Devoted to promoting high quality in medicine, he served on the Committee on Admissions, Harvard Medical School 1970-1977 and 1989 - 2004. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Professional Staff, Harvard University Health Services 1983-1985 and from 1986-1997. Serving on the Harvard Medical Center AIDS Committee 1990-1992 and the Committee on Human Studies (IRB), Harvard Medical School 1986 - 2004. Dr. Wohl was predeceased in 2009 by his wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Beck Wohl, esteemed Chief of Pulmonary Medicine, Childrens' Hospital Boston, MA, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medicasl School, and by his brother, Marshall Wohl. He is survived by his two children, Alexander W. Wohl and his wife Jennifer M. Wohl of St. Paul, MN and Laura W. Hornbrook and her husband Retired SFC. Robert G. Hornbrook US Army of Quincy, MA. Four grandchildren, Harrison B. M. Wohl and Elizabeth V. Wohl of St.Paul, MN, and Veronica K.Hornbrook and Adeleine D. Hornbrook of Quincy, MA. A Memorial Service will be held at the Harvard Faculty Club, Library 2nd floor, Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Noon. Charitable contributions in Dr. Wohl's memory may be made to Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (http://arboretum.harvard.edu/support/ways-to-give)
Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 5, 2014
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