On Aug. 11, Dr. Irvin I. Donick of Baltimore at 83. He is survived by loving wife Barbara Donick (née Glassman); children Debby (Brian) Cochran, Richard (Stephanie) Donick and Dr. Suzi (Dr. Aaron) Siegel; grandchildren Jeffrey (Haley), Samson, Allison, Alex, Jake, Mitchell, Shelley, Katie, Gabi, Ben and Ethan. He was predeceased by parents Shirley and Jack Donick. He was born in Poland in 1937 and spent his childhood in hiding during the Holocaust. He emigrated to the U.S. when he was 10 years old and his life was the epitome of the American success story. He quickly learned to speak English, promptly skipped grades one to eight and graduated from high school on time. That may not have been possible if he had not met the love of his life, Barbara Glassman, at age 15, since she helped him with his schoolwork. He and Barbara were married for 61 years and had a wonderful life together, which included traveling to over 100 different countries and all 50 states. Between his travels, he had a very successful podiatry practice, including serving as chief of staff at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and was beloved by all of his colleagues, residents and patients. Despite his busy life, he always found time to help his many friends and family and was loved and admired by all. He was a mentor to so many and changed so many lives with his generosity and kindness. He was very modest about his many accomplishments, including his lifetime award in podiatry. He was most proud of his family and what made him happiest was seeing his grandchildren together. When asked how he was, he always said “somewhere between excellent and perfect,” and perfect is how his family will remember him.
Contributions may be sent to Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208 or any charity of your choice.