Martin Felder, 87, died December 31, 2017, in Carlsbad, CA. Born and raised in Fall River, MA, he graduated from Brown in 1952 and from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1956. After internship and residency in surgery at The Ohio State University he joined the US Public Health Service, completing his service as a lieutenant commander.
Dr. Felder started his private practice in Providence in 1963, and was instrumental in the development of Brown’s medical school. He served as chief of general surgery at The Miriam Hospital and was a member of numerous medical societies, including the New England Surgical Society. He was actively involved in medical education and was awarded the rank of emeritus professor of surgery upon retirement in 2003.
Marlene Cutitar ’83 MD’86 RES’92 trained under Dr. Felder and says that his legacy will live on at Brown. “His devotion to his family, his friends, the craft of surgery, his patients, the surgical education of medical students, surgical residents, colleagues, and The Miriam Hospital were unparalleled,” she says.
He was a Silver Life Master in duplicate bridge, a collector and connoisseur of fine wines, and an avid golfer.
Dr. Felder is survived by his wife, Velma Felder; two sons, Mark of Laveen, AZ, and Lawrence of Scottsdale, AZ; four grandchildren; and one sister.
Per his wishes, donations in Dr. Felder’s memory may be made to the public library of your choice.