2005
Irvin Feldman, 94, an ear, nose and throat specialist in Washington for many years, died March 1 of Parkinson's disease at his
home in Chevy Chase.
Dr. Feldman was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School in the District in 1926. He received his
undergraduate degree from George Washington University in 1930 and his medical degree from the university's School of
Medicine in 1933.
He did his internship at Jewish Hospital, now the Albert Einstein Medical Center, in Philadelphia from 1933 to 1935 and his
residency in otolaryngology at Jewish Hospital and at Gallinger Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia from 1935 to 1937. He
passed the Otolaryngology Board in 1938.
He worked for six months with a leading Philadelphia otolaryngologist, Dr. A. Spencer Kaufman, before starting his own practice
in the District in 1937. He was affiliated with Children's Hospital from 1937 to 1998 and was chairman of the hospital's
Department of Otolaryngology on five occasions.
Dr. Feldman was with the Naval Reserve from 1941 to 1946, serving in Panama, on a seaplane tender in the Pacific and on the
Marine bases at Quantico and Parris Island. Already an ear, nose and throat doctor, he was expected by the military to add eye to
his areas of expertise, so he practiced ophthalmology for the duration.
He returned to his Washington practice after the war and was joined by his son Bruce in 1972 and his son Douglas in 1979. He
retired in 1998.
He was a clinical professor at GWU School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he received the
Vicennial Medal. He also taught otolaryngology to two generations of otolaryngologists in training at Washington Hospital Center
and Children's Hospital. He taught third-year George Washington students in his office for many years.
Dr. Feldman was a member of numerous medical groups and associations and was a founding member of the Centurions of
the Deafness Research Foundation. He also was a member of Woodmont Country Club, Washington Hebrew Congregation
and Adas Israel Synagogue.
He received the District of Columbia Medical Society Certificate of Meritorious Service in 1995. At the 2002 Academy of
Otolaryngology meeting, his sons honored their father with several classes designated as the Irvin Feldman College of General
Otolaryngology. George Washington University honored Dr. Feldman for his philanthropy.
He loved to travel; his last trip was to Antarctica. He stayed active playing tennis and golf into his nineties. He also studied at the
Institute for Learning in Retirement, affiliated with American University, where he took courses in Spanish, modern Asia and the
operas of Verdi.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Miriam Rothstein Feldman of Chevy Chase; three children, Bruce Feldman and Jane
Abrams, both of Potomac, and Douglas Feldman of Bethesda; a brother, A. Samuel Feldman of Rockville; two sisters, Connie
Levine and Jeanette Levin, both of Bethesda; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Irvin Feldman