Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 – 2:23 PM
By John L. Seitz
Melvin A. Goodman, M.D., a highly-respected Beverly Hills physician for more than four decades, died Feb. 2 at age 78.
The native of Chicago was born Dec. 21, 1937 but moved to New York City as a young child and later to California where he became a UCLA student at age 16. He went on to receive a BA from New York University, attended the University of Chicago Medical School and graduated with distinction from USC Medical School.
He was on the medical staff of Cedars-Sinai for 40 years after serving as a captain/flight surgeon in the U. S. Air Force.
His father, the late E. Frank Goodman, was also a surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Goodman formerly wrote a medical column for The Courier and served as president of Beverly Hills B’nai B’rith. He had an ongoing connection to his New York roots and orchestrated an annual reunion in Beverly Hills for his Brooklyn-based high school, which was attended by 1,000 alumni.
He is survived by his wife Annette; son Geoffrey; daughters Elisa and Jessica; and grandson Evan.