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Accomplished doctor, loving mother, dedicated spouse, adoring aunt, fantastic friend, and failed golfer, Carole Kwass Edelstein passed away suddenly and painlessly on July 28th, 2018; she was 75. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Professor Robert Edelstein, two sons and niece. As a child, Carole shined in the classroom. At 16, she attended Cornell University on a full scholarship. She breezed through the College of Industrial Labor Relations as class valedictorian in 1963. In 1974, Carole entered Penn Medical School. At 31 years old, she definitely was the oldest aspiring doctor in her class; after forty years of practice, she possibly was the most accomplished graduate from '78. Carole's career was highlighted by her achievements in Psychiatry: She was a preeminent expert in Eating Disorders. Dr. Edelstein did her internship and residency at UCLA. She subsequently became the first director of the UCLA eating disorders clinic. Carole then started a private practice but maintained her association with UCLA by teaching a seminar at the University's Semel Institute. Many Bruin interns fought over Carole's coveted mentorship–all appreciated her majestic pants-suit-and-pearls look! Her career touched the lives of innumerable patients and fellow psychiatrists. In a time when cultural standards of beauty reached absolutely unhealthy levels, Carole's expertise saved the lives of countless young people. Carole enjoyed a fantastic life filled with art, food, wine and lifelong love. Her impeccable taste was unimpeachable, a refinement cultivated by her prodigious pursuit of knowledge and infatuation with the printed word–she read the New York Times, L.A. Times, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal every day! Carole tirelessly switched hats between successful professional, carpool mom and cherished friend. She was beloved by her many amicis, patients, wine society ambrosiacs, mentees, book club babes and family.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, 2018
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