Marvin Jerome Friedenberg


Marvin Jerome Friedenberg passed away peacefully on April 19, in Evanston. He was 90 years old. Marvin was born on Aug. 3, 1929, in New Haven, Connecticut, and was the son of Samuel and Kate Friedenberg.

He was loved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for a life defined by his deep intelligence, strong work ethic and dry wit. Marvin is survived by his first wife of 39 years, Carol Friedenberg Breault and their five children from that marriage: daughters, Mindy, Karen and Linda; and sons Marc and Keith; and their six grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his sister, Roberta Lee Hoffman; and his second wife, Linda Schaefer Friedenberg, who passed away in 2015.

Marvin received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1951, and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1955. Marvin served in the United States military as a medical director in the department of radiology at the Mitchell Air Force Base, 2500th United States Air Force Hospital, in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, from 1957 to 1959.

Marvin had an extensive medical career in the practice of radiology, spanning more than 48 years, including serving as medical doctor in the department of radiology at Desert Hospital, Palm Springs, California; and the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, California, from 1965 to 1992.

He was director of radiology for Evanston Regional Hospital, in Evanston, 1992 to 2005. His professional affiliations are numerous, including the California Medical Association, Wyoming Medical Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Nuclear Medicine, American College of Nuclear Physicians, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Western Angiographic and Interventional Society, American Heart Association and the Palm Springs Academy of Medicine. He had more than 46 papers published in medical literature and lectured more than 28 times on radiological topics throughout the span of his medical career.

Marvin had an undeniable sense of charm and a quiet, reserved demeanor. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed vacationing at the ocean and in the mountains. He had a particular love for big band music, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, art and history. In addition, he had a great affection for dogs, many of which he embraced as family over the years.

The family would like to express thanks to Rocky Mountain Care in Evanston, for the wonderful, skilled and loving care given to Marvin for the many years he was with them. A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles at a date to be announced. 

Condolences may be at  www.crandallfhevanston.com.

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