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Alfred John Heldfond ’33

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Alfred John Heldfond ’33, January 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, California. Al spent three years at Reed; our archives are mute regarding his academic interests, but we do know that he was an avid soccer player, qualifying as a “master” of the sport, and was a member of Reed's Lettermen club. After Reed, he earned an MD from the University of Oregon, and trained at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Los Angeles County Maternity Hospital, and Los Angeles General Hospital. During World War II, Al served as a flight surgeon in the Pacific, and then returned to Los Angeles, where he became a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California medical school and a staff physician at Cedars of Lebanon and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. In 1982, he retired from USC and went into private practice, founding the Heldfond Medical Group. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles Obstetrical and Gynecological Society in 2000. Al and Ann M. Taylor were married for 55 years; they had two sons and a daughter. One son predeceased him. In his public obituary we read: “Please do a mitvah of your choice to honor his lifetime of kindness.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2010

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