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DR. JOHN FRIEDBERG Obituary
Dr. John Mark Friedberg March 26, 1942 - May 19, 2012 Dr. Friedberg died peacefully at his home in the Oakland Hills surrounded by loved ones, after a valiant struggle with kidney cancer. Born in New York, Dr. Friedberg graduated from Lawrence High School on Long Island, followed by Yale University and University of Rochester School of Medicine. As a Board Certified Neurologist, he was a brilliant diagnostician. He used his keen intellect and sometimes unconventional approaches to build a thriving solo practice in Berkeley that spanned more than three decades. He was a champion for the underdog, and was well known for his courageous opposition to abuse by the psychiatric establishment. He authored Shock Treatment Is Not Good For Your Brain in 1976. A polyglot and lifelong learner, Dr. Friedberg had a zest for life and adventure. Outspoken but diplomatic, he loved nothing more than a great debate. A true aesthete, Dr. John chose to live surrounded by beauty; his house and garden was a small paradise with a three bridge view - as anyone who spent time in his hot tub can attest. He was a man of many pursuits and passions: an avid gardener, snowboarder, writer, painter, moviemaker and photographer. He loved entertaining friends with good food and drink and lively conversation. He loved his walks at Ocean Beach and never tired of the wonders of the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2004, Dr. Friedberg's life was forever changed by the arrival of Buddy, his beloved Yorkshire Terrier. It is rare to find a person who loved his dog as much as Dr. Friedberg loved his Buddy. Dr. John is survived by his sister, Martha Friedberg, niece Emily Friedberg, brother Robert Friedberg, loyal and loving friends, including Emily Mussi, Bettina Koblick, and Laurel Gray, many colleagues, cousins, countless patients, and fellow Yorkie owners. Special thanks to Robert Nagourney, M.D., of Rational Therapeutics; donations may be made to The Vanguard Cancer Foundation Trust, Long Beach, CA.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 10, 2012
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