Martin Goldberg, physician and medical school dean

Obituaries June 26, 2013 0 Comments

Martin Goldberg, 82, of Mt. Airy, a physician and a former dean of Temple University’s Medical School, died June 15 at the Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler, where he had been a resident for the past two months.

A specialist in internal medicine, Dr. Goldberg was an authority in the field of kidney disease and had published more than 200 research articles on this topic. In the course of a medical career that spanned five decades, he had served as a scientist, clinician, teacher and administrator.

Before becoming dean of Temple’s Medical School and vice president of the university’s Health Sciences Center in 1986, he was chair of internal medicine at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Earlier he had been a professor of medicine, chief of the kidney disease section, vice chairman of medicine and acting chair of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine.

In 1989 he returned to a full-time role as a nephrologist and professor of medicine at Temple, where he designed a new diagnostic and teaching computer program on electrolytes.

He received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching and the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Medical Alumni of Temple University. He also was awarded a Mastership in the American College of Physicians, an honor received by only 1 percent of all internists in the United States.

Raised in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia, Dr. Goldberg was the youngest child of Yiddish-speaking immigrant parents. He graduated with honors from Central High School, Temple University and Temple University’s School of Medicine, where he was first in his class.

An avid tennis and squash player, he enjoyed dancing to Big Band music and singing folk music.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Marion Lindblad; daughters Meryl Gibbons, Karen Goldberg and Dara Goldberg; a son, David, and two grandchildren. His first wife, Lynn, died in 1976. Two brothers, Herman and Louis, preceded him in death.

Burial services were private. Memorial donations may be made to Temple University Medical School, Department of Nephrology, 3401 N. Broad St., Fourth Floor Parkinson Pavilion, Suite 410, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

Want to support the Local? Join the Chestnut Hill Community Association. Membership helps fund what we do. Join today.