DR. DAVID ALEXANDER DRACHMAN
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DRACHMAN, Dr. David Alexander Age 84, of Concord, on Monday, December 5, 2016. For 57 years, beloved husband of Eleanor Derby Drachman. Loving father of Laura Drachman & her husband Sergio Troncoso, Jessica Blaustein & her husband Marc, and Douglas Drachman & his wife Erica Mayer. Cherished grandfather of Aaron and Isaac Troncoso, Anna and Benjamin Blaustein, and James and Kate Drachman. Dear brother of identical twin Daniel Drachman & his wife Jephta and Richard Drachman & his wife Elizabeth. Fond uncle to his nieces and nephews.

Dr. Drachman was known for his contributions to the understanding of Alzheimer's disease and for his encyclopedic knowledge of neurology. He led pioneering work to define the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. In 1977, Dr. Drachman founded the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts. He served as its Chair for 26 years, and during his tenure built an outstanding department. He was an enormously prolific academic physician, and his published work was the most frequently cited of any physician at University of Massachusetts. During his distinguished career, he served as president of the American Neurological Association, and won numerous awards, including an award personally bestowed by President Ronald Reagan for distinction in Alzheimer's Research, and the 2016 University of Massachusetts Chancellor's Medal for distinguished clinical excellence. Dr. Drachman and his twin brother, Dr. Daniel Drachman, have been prominent members of the Neuroscience community since its inception. During the last two years of his life, he developed a revolutionary strategy for treating Alzheimer's Disease, which is in the final phase of development.

Dr. Drachman graduated summa cum laude from Columbia College in 1952, and received his MD degree from New York University School of Medicine. He interned at Duke University Hospital, and completed a residency in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, after which he spent three years at the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to his profession, Dr. Drachman was an accomplished and widely exhibited photographer, a skilled sculptor, a passionate fly fisherman, and an avid birder.

Services at Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington on Wednesday, December 7 at 12:30pm. Burial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Following burial, shiva will be at his residence until 8:00pm, Thursday 2-5pm & 7-9pm and Friday 2-5pm, and at Doug & Erica's home, Saturday evening, December 10, 6-9pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to David A. Drachman Memorial Fund, J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge-Friends of the Refuge, One Wildlife Drive, PO Box 565, Sanibel Island, FL 33957, Dingdarlingsociety.org, please select "memorial donation" in honor of David A. Drachman.

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Published by Boston Globe from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2016.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Dec
7
Service
12:30p.m.
Temple Isaiah
55 Lincoln Street, Lexington , MA
Dec
7
Burial
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
, Concord, MA
Dec
7
Shiva
at his residence (following burial until 8 pm)
, MA
Dec
8
Shiva
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
at his residence
, MA
Dec
8
Shiva
7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
at his residence
, MA
Dec
9
Shiva
2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
at his residence
, MA
Dec
10
Shiva
6:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
at Doug & Erica's home
, MA
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My fondest memories go back to our medical school days. I kept in touch with his career through the internet and indirectly through a patient of his Phyllis Switzer..surviving spouse of another classmate ..Sam Switzer. A sad day; my heartfelt condolences to Dan.
Sheldon Spielman
Sheldon Spielman
March 4, 2017
What a shock today to receive a call from
Dr. Drachman's office informing me that I had to reschedule an up-coming appointment. When the assistant told me Dr. Drachman had passed away, I burst out crying! I never expected this. I always looked forward to my appointments with him to such an extent, I was truly happy to see him. His gentle, kind, sincere approach to his patients was indescribable!

I will truly miss Dr. Drachman, he was a lovely person that I had the pleasure of knowing.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Joanne M. Revelli
UMass patient
January 19, 2017
I was a patient of Dr. Drachman. I just learned of his passing. He was the only one who was able to diagnose and treat my condition. He was very caring and I will miss him. Condolences to his family.
Doreen Boyer
December 30, 2016
MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BE OF COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17
KELLEY
December 19, 2016
I was so very sad to call UMass this morning & find out that Dr. Drachman had passed away last week. My husband was diagnosed with dementia almost 5 years ago. I met Dr. Drachman about 3 years ago when the doctor we were seeing retired. I will forever be grateful to all he did for my husband & his incredible compassion & concern. He had given me his own cell number & no matter when I called he always got back to me & never made me feel that I was bothering him. He was one incredible man that touched my life. My condolences to his family.
Elaine Hackett
December 13, 2016
Sergio Troncoso
December 10, 2016
I am another grateful medical student from UMMS '80 - he was a wonderful teacher. My condolences on your family for your loss.
Debra Glasser, MD
Debra Glasser
December 8, 2016
He was my neurology professor at UMMS in the early 1980s. A great teacher and mentor. It's 35 years later and I still can remember his deep baritone voice. He carried himself with great dignity and touched the lives of thousands of students and tens of thousands of patients. He will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
Adam Altman, MD
December 8, 2016
I am grateful that I had the pleasure of interacting with David when he kindly contacted me and shared his depth of knowledge and a novel hypothesis regarding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer Disease. His keen insights will color my thinking and work going forward, I consider myself fortunate for having a chance to know and learn from him.
My condolences to his family.
Jeanne Lawrence, PhD
December 8, 2016
One of my cherished teachers and a giant in his field. He will be missed and remembered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School forever and will be in the hearts of all he touched.
Andrew Miller, MD
December 7, 2016
Dear Erica and Doug,

He sounds like he was an amazing person, and this must be a sad loss for you and your family. I am thinking of you and send my deepest sympathy. Holding you close in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn Randall
December 7, 2016
Dear Doug and Erica,

Heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Beth Peterson
December 7, 2016
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