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March 7, 1919 - October 30, 2012
Arthur Feinfield M.D. of Encino, California, passed away peacefully in his home, Tuesday morning. Born in New York in 1919, the only son of Jacob and Anna Feinfeld. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1921, after his mother refused to make a return trip to New York on the train with a crying baby. He was later joined by a sister, Bernice (Shinoff). Arthur married Florence Makower in 1941, in Berkeley, the love of his life and partner for more than 71 years. Always an avid student, Arthur attended U.C.L.A., and graduated from U.C. Berkeley and U.C.S.F. Medical School in 1942. He interned at the L.A. County Hospital and enlisted in the U.S. Army during WW II, serving as a Captain. After the war and finishing his residency, Arthur started his medical practice in The San Fernando Valley and joined the staff of St. Joseph's Medical Center, where he later served as Chief of Staff. He was joined in practice by Drs. Murray Weiss and Eugene Berman. The practice is carried on by Drs. Steven Drell and H. Lee Kagan. Arthur was a pioneer in internal medicine and cardiology, introducing CPR to the west, establishing the first Cardiac Care Unit in California at St. Joseph?s, and training the first paramedics for the Burbank and L.A. Fire Departments. Arthur served as President of the Los Angeles County and California
s, and was Vice-President of the
, where he received the Gold Heart Award, its highest honor. Arthur had many interests and hobbies. He was a Bruin season ticket holder, attending many games with his best friend Harry Levitt. He loved spending time in Malibu, The Grand Tetons, golfing, fishing, traveling the world and wine tasting. He never lost his passion for learning and became active in the SAGE group, where members participate in learning, researching and making presentations on a variety of subjects and global issues. Arthur is survived by Florence and his children, Ken (Sandy), Carol (Paul), Robert (Christy); seven grandchildren, Jeff (Kristin), Jennifer, Leanne (Bryan), Zack (Catherine), Jack, Gavin and Ryan; and six great grandchildren, Alex, Justin, Faith, Julia, Thomas and Paolo. Arthur often remarked that he was "a fortunate man who knew he was fortunate."
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 2nd, at 12:00 noon, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 1, 2012