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FEIGENBAUM, M.D. Beloved husband of the late Marian L. Feigenbaum for 64 years; loving father (and father-in-law) of Paul Feigenbaum (Judy Kemeny), Robert (Ludy) Feigenbaum, and Ellen Feigenbaum (Peter Schwab); adoring grandfather of Sam and Susan Feigenbaum, and Zack and Jessie Feigenbaum Schwab; dear brother of Elliott "Ollie" (Laurel) Feigenbaum; wonderful uncle to many loving nieces and nephews.
Larry was born in Philadelphia to Sam and Jessie Feigenbaum; he moved to Los Angeles in 1934, and then to San Francisco in 1939, where he attended Galileo High School. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UC Berkeley, where he made life-long, dear friends as a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. Larry graduated from UCSF Medical School with honors, including membership in the Gold Headed Cane Society, and he did his internship and medical residency at UCSF and the VA Medical Center. Following U.S. Army medical service at Fort Ord, CA, and then Korea, he completed a Fellowship in Cardiology, and entered practice in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in San Francisco.
Larry was the Founding Director of the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, where he was the Executive Director until his retirement. He had a national reputation as a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine. In the early 1970s, while Director of Ambulatory Services at Mount Zion Medical Center, he recognized the importance of providing assistance to older adults so they could continue to live independently at home. He was instrumental in establishing the nation's first adult day health center in a teaching hospital and in convincing the state legislature to allow Medi-Cal payments to cover this service. He influenced the design and establishment of numerous health and social services that have benefited older adults throughout San Francisco.
Larry had a special interest in training students and health care professionals in geriatric medicine as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. In 1978, he established the first Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine in the western United States. In 1979, in recognition of his accomplishments, UCSF appointed Larry as Associate Dean for Inter-institutional Programs. Over the years, Larry influenced the education of hundreds of UCSF students and the training of physicians to be specialists in geriatric medicine. He was the author of the first chapter on geriatric medicine in one of the major medical texts, and he published numerous medical journal articles.
Larry was not only highly respected for his professional achievements, but he was also loved and adored by everyone whose life he touched. His warmth, compassion, humor, and kindness enriched the lives of his many patients, colleagues, students, friends, and family, all of whom will miss him immeasurably.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at 3:00 PM at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St. at Geary, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Institute on Aging, 3575 Geary Blvd., SF, CA 94118.
Sinai Memorial Chapel - San Francisco
1501 Divisadero Street San Francisco, CA 94115
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013