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Frederick Seymore Mishkin


1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Frederick Seymore Mishkin Obituary
December 6, 1937 - March 5, 2016 After a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's, Dr. Fred Mishkin passed away on March 5th at the age of 78. He was predeceased by his elder brother, Dr. Marvin Mishkin. He is survived by his wife, Judith S. Mishkin; four children: Cindi Mishkin, Jeffrey Klain, Karen Mishkin, and Eben Mishkin; and four grandchildren: Zipporah Klain, Ari Klain, Sarah Cline, and Scarlett Cline. Dr. Fred was born in Elkhart, Indiana, the second son to Dr. Irving Mishkin and Bertha Mishkin. From a young age he was inspired by his father's service as a small town doctor who provided both medical and spiritual guidance, sometimes taking payment in the form of fresh corn or plumbing repairs for those who could not otherwise afford his care. Contracting Polio as a teenager while in Greece on an American Field Service scholarship gave him insight to the difficulties of living intimately with affliction. In spite of being told that he would never amount to anything because he told his Kindergarten teacher exactly what he thought of her, he went on to major in Biochemistry at Harvard University, 1955-1958. He skipped his final year and went to the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. He took his medical internship and residency at Indiana University Medical Center, 1962-1966. He completed his training with a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1966. Afterward, he returned to Indiana University Medical Center and took over as Chief of Nuclear Medicine, a title he would hold at several institutions over his lifetime. Along with his friend, the radiation physicist, Isaac Reese, Ph.D., he followed the Chairman of Radiology at the Indiana University Medical Center out to Southern California to help found the Nuclear Medicine department at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital and the Drew School for Medicine in 1971, remaining until 1986. He spent 9 years in private practice at Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach before returning to public practice and his true love, teaching medical students and technologists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. A memorial will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday March 13th at Temple Beth El, 1435 W. 7th St., San Pedro, 90732. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 9, 2016
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