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Dr. Marvin M. Nathan of Winter Park, passed away on Saturday, Nov.9, 2013, at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs. He was 98 years old.

Dr. Nathan was born in Onancock, Va., on May 23, 1915, to the late Jacob and Elizabeth Greenberg Nathan. As a youngster, he moved with his family to Ocilla, Ga., where he excelled in school and was admitted to the University of Georgia at 17 years of age, with the plan to go directly into medical school. Following the untimely death of his father, he left school (with the assurance of the Dean of the medical school that should he be able to return, there would be a place for him) he returned home to help in his family’s business. With the advent of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to New York where, with his knowledge of chemistry, worked in a munitions plant.

It was in New York, that he met and ultimately married his partner in life and business, Elizabeth Greenberg, on June 14, 1944. Following the war, he was able to fulfill his dream of becoming a physician, attending and graduating from the University of Georgia Medical School. Dr. Nathan was a family physician, treating patients from all walks of life, regardless of their ability to pay. When he finally retired from active practice at age 90, there were boxes of unpaid bills for services he had performed for his patients.

In 1999, he and Elizabeth retired to Orlando and moved into the Winter Park Towers, where he continued to help neighbors when they came to him with their ailments.

Dr. Nathan is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth; his sons, Franklin (Linda) of Tampa, Harold of Seattle, and Gary (Debbie) of Atlanta; and his daughter, Sara (Dr. Louis) Stern, who is the current president of Congregation Ohev Shalom; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Elaine Sackett.

Funeral services, with military honors, were held at the Ohev Shalom Pavilion with Rabbis Aaron Rubinger and David Kay and Cantor Allan Robuck officiating. The family requests contributions to Congregation Ohev Shalom, 613 Concourse Parkway So, Maitland 32751, in memory of Dr. Marvin M. Nathan. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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