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Arnold Lee Vinstein

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Arnold Lee Vinstein Obituary
March 5, 1944 - December 18, 2016 Arnold Lee Vinstein MD, MBA, 72, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at his Santa Monica home in the arms of his loving wife, Carol. Arnie, as his friends called him, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 5, 1944 to his loving parents Harry and Leah Vinstein. After his father passed away when Arnie was 14 years old, he worked a variety of jobs to help support his family, from selling shoes to working as a mailman. He graduated from Broad Ripple High School in 1962. In college, at Indiana University, he worked in the kitchen of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, primarily to have executive control of the menu and after-hours access to the kitchen. In 1969, Arnie received his medical degree, and then completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the Indiana University Medical Center. Arnie married his first wife, Gail Pearlman, in 1967. They had two children together, Ross and Brooke. In 1973, drawn by the siren song of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, Arnie moved his family to Southern California and began his fellowship at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Subsequently, he became Director of Pediatric Imaging and Director of the Radiology Resident Training program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. While working a weekend shift at Cedars in 1976, Arnie serendipitously met the love of his life, Carol Glickman, who was working as an ICU nurse. They were married at Carol's parents house in Lancaster, California in 1980. In 1987, Carol gave birth to their son Sam. In the mid 1990s, Arnie trained as a breast-imaging specialist, which became the focus of the remainder of his medical career. He eventually went on to become the Executive Director of Tower St. Johns Imaging Medical Group and the Medical Director of the Joyce Eisenberg Keifer Breast Center at Saint John's Health Center. In 1996, Arnie graduated from the Pepperdine University MBA program where he was admitted to the national honor society in business administration, Delta Mu Delta. Arnie had a wide range of passions and interests that included art, music, literature, food, golf and travel. He was an incredible guitar player, gifted songwriter and gourmet cook. He explored all corners of the earth, from Alaska to the Amazon and Tanzania to Tahiti. Always the life of the party, Arnie was a gracious host and an exceptional storyteller, and was notorious for his delicious but stiff drinks. His smile would light up the room and his eternal optimism was contagious. Arnie's coworkers loved to work with him, and patients requested him explicitly. He lived life to the fullest, with an inextinguishable thirst for new experiences. Arnie was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Carol, children, Ross, Brooke, and Sam, and his three grandchildren, Charlotte, Henry, and Pearl. A memorial service will be held for Arnie on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 1:30 PM at Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles, California 90077. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Arnie's honor to the National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center (NPDPSC).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2016
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