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Goldberg, Dr. Alan Michael

Dr. Alan Michael Goldberg, 72, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at his home following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years Valerie; his sons, Sid and Josh; his daughter, Blair; his step-daughter, Jennifer; his grandsons, Roscoe, Buddy, and Chance; and his granddaughter Nava.

Born and raised in Boston MA, Dr. Goldberg lived most of his adult life in Albany, NY, retiring to Albuquerque in 2005.

He graduated from Boston University in 1965 and went on to earn his doctorate in psychiatry from Tufts Medical School in 1969.

He took his first professional job at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, NY in 1973 as Director and Psychiatric Consultant of their long term drug rehab program. In 1974 Dr. Goldberg moved on to the Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY where he specialized in addiction therapy, ultimately becoming the Medical Director of their alcohol rehabilitation program. Dr. Goldberg worked for several charities including the award-winning residential recovery program Hope House of Albany, NY, as well as a thriving private practice. During the 1970's and '80's, he was a pioneer in the detox phase of addiction treatment, utilizing methods to treat addiction that have become commonplace today.

Dr. Goldberg was a founding member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry as well as a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Goldberg had a deep and abiding love of classical music and was a proud member of Mensa, the high IQ society.

He was an avid stamp and coin collector, nurturing a lifelong passion of philately. Most recently Dr. Goldberg was an active member of the Palo Duro Philatelic Society in Albuquerque.

A public viewing and memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services~Wyoming Chapel, 7601 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque NM 87109.

In honor of their rescued dog Penny, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Humane New Mexico, 615 Virginia St SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 22, 2016
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