03/18/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Chip Gold

Herman Kalman Gold, M.D.
(d. 1 Mar 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   Sad news has returned to us, if somewhat belatedly.  Renowned heart specialist 
  Chip Gold ('58), brother of    Phil Gold ('62) of MD, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the age of 67.

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 03/18/08:

I was saddened to see one more reminder of how important it is that we not miss this opportunity to re-connect at our 50-year reunion. An obituary for our classmate   Herman "Chip" Gold is below.

I have followed Herman's career for many years. He rose to head the Cardiology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the world's premier heart research hospitals.

I just recently spoke to    Dewey Faulkner at his mother's funeral (Dewey's mother -
  Nancy Cosby Faulkner - was NNHS class of 1926) and Dewey mentioned that he was hoping to see Herman at our reunion. We did not know that Herman was in the final stages of battle with Leukemia.

   Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Joe. I'm so distressed to learn of the passing of such a fine man.  My sincerest sympathies to his family, friends, and patients.

From the Boston Globe - 03/03/08:

            Gold, Dr. Herman Kalman "Chip"


Age 67, of Brookline on Saturday, March 1, 2008. For 30 years, he was the beloved husband of Dr. Barbara J. Nath. Loving father of Lisa Claire Gold and Jonathan (Jonny) Jonah Gold. Dear brother of Dr. Philip W. Gold. Devoted son of the late Jonah and Miriam (Novilensky) Gold. Service at Temple Emeth, 194 Grove St., Chestnut Hill on Tuesday, March 4 at 1pm. Burial in Temple Emeth Memorial Park, Baker St., West Roxbury.

Memorial observance at his late residence following the burial until 8pm and continuing Weds. & Thurs. 1-4pm & 7-9pm. Please omit flowers.

Memorial contributions may be made to MGH Cardiac Unit c/o Elizabeth Drolet, MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry, 800 Yamoto Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300

Published in the Boston Globe from 3/3/2008 - 3/4/2008.
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From the Boston Globe - 03/04/08:

Chip Gold, 67; pioneered heart treatments
       By Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff | March 4, 2008

Training for life as a healer began early for Dr. Chip Gold. He was 9 when bulbar polio prevented him from speaking or swallowing for nearly two years.

"I think it really informed his becoming a physician who would be dedicated to making people well in the full sense of that term," Dr. Philip W. Gold said of his older brother. "He was devoted to his patients personally, as well as clinically, and he would push things to the limit and never give up."

Pushing the envelope sometimes meant taking a treatment designed for one ailment and using it to address another, or approaching a cardiac affliction in ways other physicians had never imagined. A cardiologist admired by colleagues for his bottomless reserves of energy and compassion, Dr. Gold died Saturday in Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had headed the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Confident that other physicians could be as creative as he had been in his career, Dr. Gold did not give up hope while he was being treated for leukemia, his brother said, and was still optimistic when he died at 67.

"He was extraordinarily upbeat because he believed you can make good things happen," said his brother, a psychiatrist in Bethesda, Md., who is a researcher at the National Institutes of Health.

Herman Kalman Gold, who grew up in Newport News, Va., chose to adopt a youthful nickname when he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

"His roommate said: 'Herman, you've got to change your name. It's going to haunt you here,' " his brother said. "Since he had just arrived at college, he thought the timing was right."

Dr. Gold, who was known as Chip from then on, graduated from William and Mary and Duke University School of Medicine. A cardiology fellowship brought him to Mass. General, but the specialty beckoned for reasons beyond the intellectual challenge, because his father had suffered from heart disease.

"Although he was an objective and really clear-thinking physician, a lot of personal decisions and career decisions were formed by close relationships or by feelings he had for other people," his brother said. "They weren't separable for him as they are for some other people. He would follow his heart."

Inspired by that deep connection to patients, Dr. Gold looked for solutions where others saw barriers. Among his many contributions, Dr. Gold's family said, was realizing that acute heart failure could be treated with nitroglycerin at a time when many in the medical community thought the practice would be too dangerous.

"He ultimately ended up saving our father with IV nitroglycerin," his brother said. "He really took great care of both our parents, and I think extended their lives considerably. I think he took care of all his patients as if they were his parents or relatives."

Dr. Gold also supervised clinical studies that used the plasminogen, a proenzyme, as an activating factor to dissolve clots immediately after a heart attack, his family said. And he conducted studies in which antibodies were administered to platelets that are essential to block the formation of clots, his brother said, laying the groundwork for treatment still used to control coronary thrombosis.

While working at Mass. General, Dr. Gold met Dr. Barbara J. Nath, a gastroenterologist. They married 30 years ago and had two children, Lisa and Jonathan, who both live in Brookline.

As with his professional life, Dr. Gold's personal life was informed by his childhood brush with a severe type of polio, his brother said.

"When function returned, he got back into life and really embraced it," Philip Gold said. "I think, though, he never took anything for granted after that."

Devoted to his wife, children, and patients, "he was unconditional in his giving, and it was natural," his brother said. "It was never a chore or a duty, just a natural expression of the person he had become."

Part of Dr. Gold's duties included training the young doctors who would follow him into cardiology. His brother provided a copy of a tribute from a former student who said he knew Dr. Gold "as a friend, mentor, and a physician."

When Dr. Gold believed in his protégés, the former student wrote, he treated them with respect "even though his depth of experience was so much greater."

Whether guiding students as a mentor, helping them make medical decisions that affected their own lives, or arranging treatment for their close relatives, Dr. Gold was always available, the former student wrote.

Indeed, his brother said, Dr. Gold was often entrusted to treat the siblings and parents of his colleagues.

"He was the kind of person, I think, who you would send your closest friend or relative to, or your most difficult patient," his brother said.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill. Burial will be in Temple Emeth Memorial Park in West Roxbury.
Dear Barbara, Lisa & Jonathan,
I have known Chip for almost 26 years, working with him in the CCU.  I have tried all night to think of what words I might use to comfort you & tell you how heartbroken I am. There are no words.....my thoughts & prayers are with you now, as they were with Chip. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Michele P.
Michele Pepin (West Bridgewater, MA) - March 3, 2008
Barbara: I just wanted you to know how deeply sorry I am. Chip was a very special person. It was my privilege to have work for and with him. I truly loved Chip and can still see him in smiling in the cath lab. My sympathies go out to you Lisa an Jonathan. Please let me now if there is anything I can do for the three of you.
All my prayers are with you.
Georgann Bruski (Boston, MA) - March 3, 2008
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17 years ago I was interviewed by Dr. Gold for a position in the Cath Lab. He asked if I would stay at least 5 years. Because of him I have stayed many more. His love of family, work and life was a true inspiration for all of us who were lucky enough to work side by side with him. Chip, I will miss you dearly.
Patricia Gannon (Milton, MA) - March 3, 2008 
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Dr. Gold saved my life, his passing will leave a large hole at MGH.
My sympathy to the family
Peter Shomphe (Santa Clarita, CA) - March 3, 2008 
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Please accept my sympathies with your loss and the loss to our medical community. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Claire Bloom (Needham, MA) - March 3, 2008 
Barbara -- what a shock -- my thoughts are with you.
Peter Block
Peter Block (Atlanta, GA) - March 3, 2008 
My deepest sympathy to you and your children. Chip was an extraordinary human being and I know he'll be missed by many. I worked for him 30 years ago and remember him so well. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Linda A. Barrett
Linda Barrett (Boston, MA) - March 3, 2008
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Dear Barbara, Lisa, and Jonathan~
Whenever I accompanied my father to the hospital, I was greeted countless times by a smiling, energetic, and ever-kind Chip. Even in the midst of this cold evening, I recall fond memories of sunny, warm beach days our families shared at Morses’ Pond. My love and prayers are with you all.
Mariko Yasuda (Albany, NY) - March 3, 2008
My deepest sympathy goes out to you at your loss. Having known "Chip" for40 years, he was a wonderful credit to the MGH family and all will miss him dearly.
David Collins (Orleans, MA) - March 3, 2008
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Dr Gold holds a special place in our hearts since he helped my husband at MGH (12 years ago)...I remember his kindness to me.. our deep sympathy to his beloved family.
Joseph and Eleanor Guarino (East Boston, MA)  - March 3, 2008
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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

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