Lt. Cmdr Dr. Edward Michael Feldman
San Diego, CA
February 26, 1941-
October 3, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Michael Feldman announces his passing on October 3, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family and will be forever remembered by his beautiful wife Patricia and his children Stuart ( Carol ), David ( Erin) Jessica Grunvald (Dan ). He was loved and adored by his seven grandchildren Carly, Ally, Sophia, Dahlia, Luca, Jordan and Preston. Edward is predeceased by his parents Sid and Ann and his brother John.
Dr. Feldman began his distinguished medical career as a US Navy Medical Officer supporting the US Marine Corps in combat in Vietnam during 1967 - 1968: A period during which his skills and character were truly forged under fire, contributing to Dr. Feldman becoming the expertly skilled, tireless and caring Doctor that he is known to be by his lifelong patients and the friends with whom he volunteers in the community.
In Vietnam, Dr. Feldman had to perform major medical procedures "in the open" during combat to save the lives of wounded Marines. He was first awarded a Silver Star for Valor during the infamous 77 Day Siege of Khe Sanh and later awarded a Bronze Star with Combat V for meritorious service at the "Charlie Med" field hospital. Additionally, the Army awarded Dr. Feldman a Bronze Star for Valor when he volunteered, a few days before returning to the US, to assist an Army Company so outnumbered by enemy forces that Dr. Feldman besides saving lives, became the de facto company commander when all the officers and senior noncommissioned officers were killed or incapacitated.
During Dr. Feldman's 40 year professional career he established Obstetrics and Gynecology medical practices in New Jersey and California, compassionately and expertly caring for his patients and their families.
Throughout Dr. Feldman's medical career and after retirement in 2013 he continued volunteering to help those in need. He was appointed my Governor Gray Davis to serve as Vice Chairman of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Most recently he volunteered with ACVOW as a mentor and friend to local Marines suffering from the stresses of repeated deployment.
Memorial donations may be made in Edward Feldman's name to either Scripps Health Foundation P.O. Box 2669 La Jolla, CA 92038 or call 1-888-442-4483
American Combat Veterans of War (ACVOW) P.O. Box 675341 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Published in Ventura County Star from Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, 2017.