Condolences: From the Chicago Tribune Legacy.com Site

Since the Tribune’s collection of condolences in response to Greg’s obituary is only temporary, we will be uploading the thoughts, memories, and kind words that were included there to this more permanent home. 

March 12, 2011
If you thought God, your mother, or lover were watching, you’d be on best behavior, right? But, that is how Dr. Greg Feldman acted always:

1) An anxious patient yelled, “I don’t even know what this surgery is going to be about!” Dr. Feldman walked in, with perfect posture/composure, and calmly/respectfully drew a picture of her organs, where the cut was going to be, and explained why. She said, “Oh, okay”, and went to sleep;

2) I was doing a project and didn’t understand a diagnosis. Dr. Feldman opened up an abdominal CT (ex-ray) of one of my patients in the computer, and I said, “Now I get it! I’ll give you credit!!!” He grinned, and walked away. (Did not know that he was a Harvard Medical grad who has written);

3) One time I saw him in the hall, and I said, “Hey, Dr. Feldman, a buddy invited me and 300 of his other closest friends to a fundraising Birthday party. When they found out that I was a nurse at Stanford, they told me to report back with the name of a single Jewish doctor”. He said, “I’m glad that you have such a good friend, and had a great time. I have somebody already, but thank you for thinking of me”.

When I heard that his physical being is no longer alive, I responded, “Too reassuring, level headed, and decent for this non-sensical, at times, world”. What an example of how people should be treated though!
~

January 18, 2011
I was a med student on general surgery clerkship and had I heard a lot of good things about him from other med students who had him as their chief resident. On a call day during the weekend, I was headed to the OR for an emergency add on case dealing with an infection. Greg was also getting ready for his own case, when saw me. I introduced myself as the med student about to scrub in for the add on. He right then and there gave him his 2 minute approach to surgical antimicrobials. I thought he was amazing being able to explain antibiotics in a clear, simple, and high yield manner and how kind of him to share with me even though I wasn’t his med student. And he finished his teaching point humbly by saying, “I can’t say I know much of anything, but keeping in mind these few things about antibiotics helped me get by.” For the rest of my surgery rotation, I kept an eye out for him hoping to “purposely” run into him again. I never did, and am sad I won’t be able to anymore. From my 2 minute encounter, I can only imagine how big of a loss he is to those who knew him much longer.
~
Stanford, California

December 16, 2010
I am grateful to have worked with you and experience the compassion and kindness in your voice and in the healing that you helped people find. I am a better person because of you. Your parents, family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers. May you rest in peace.
~
Stanford, California

December 15, 2010
I am a PACU nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and had the pleasure of working with Greg. He was a very compassionate and caring doctor who was always kind and courteous to the nurses and his patients.I was on call with him on a Saturday when one of the vascular patients needed to go back to the OR for emergency surgery. Greg stayed by the patient throughout the PACU admission until the patient was ready to go back to the OR. He kept the family informed and did everything he could to make such a scary time less frightening for the patient and their family.He was so kind and caring and I know he would have become an excellent vascular attending. My heart is heavy today and I will keep Greg and his loved ones in my prayers.
~
Liz Cumpian,
Chicago, Illinois

December 14, 2010
Dear Sid:

We share your deep sorrow on passing of Gregory. It was a great loss to the community and is very shocking. Our heartfelt condolences and sympathy during this very uncommon ordeal of life. Life is sometimes strange, sometimes sad and sometimes very lucky experience as we all are aware. Time would heal but the healing would undoubtedly leave permanent scars in all of us and I am sure you would be able to move on as we have seen happening with most of our patients.

Bapu and Vijay
Chicago, IL

December 02, 2010
I, like so many, have lost one of my best friends. Greg had that effect on people. Iam missing his humanity and humor and above all his friendship.
~
David Gregg,
Palo Alto, California

November 29, 2010
Dr.Feldman:
I remember the first time that i meant you..it was your very first day as an intern 5 years ago. I didnt know you very well but from the interactions that I did have it was clear that you were going to be one of the doctors that cared about his patients. You were always smiling and put your patients at ease. You will me missed. I wish there were more people like you instead of one less. God bless and may you rest in peace.
~
Ranjanna Pratap,
Hayward, California

November 24, 2010
Greg, I was always so happy to see you. You made me smile and laugh even though we were both surrounded by sickness and pain most of the day in our lives as physicians in training.
I remember you teaching me how to place a foley catheter when I was a medical student… and now I am a urologist in training. You took the first steps with me when I started as a surgery intern on my night float rotation, and taught me all I needed to know about pain management in the post surgical patient. You made these lonely nights in the hospital entertaining, fun and a great learning opportunity… and of course the music was always with you. And again as my chief during my second year, I remember your daily German sentences on our sign out sheet… like “I’m too sexy for das Krankenhaus… and many more.
These are the memories I have of you, they still make me smile even though I am in tears.
Ich vermiss Dich!
~
Judith,
Palo Alto, California

November 24, 2010
Dear Cousin Rhoda and family…….I am heartbroken for your heartbreak and I wish you all strength and family love in the days to come.
~
Marlene Waller,
Boca Raton, Florida

November 24, 2010
I will hold on tightly to every moment I spent with Greg – even that four and half hours when he roped me into watching a Bollywood flick. Greg had an enormous capacity to generously show love to those around him. He made everyone feel truly loved by him. I thank him for all of the genuine hugs (he gave such comforting hugs) and genuine laughter. Thank you, Greg, for all of the wonderful things you added to this world.
~
Boston, Massachusetts

November 24, 2010
We will miss you
~
Melina Rincon,
Palo Alto, California

November 23, 2010
I knew Greg as the funny guy a year ahead of me in medical school. He was the vision of charisma and charm. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing and offer my deep condolences.
~
Sachin Jain,
Washington, District of Columbia

November 23, 2010
The world was lucky to have Feldman in it. I will always cherish our times at SCV and Stanford. He was a truly great surgeon, friend, and role model. We will miss him dearly. I do not understand what happened, but know he is at peace now and in caring hands. That is owed to him for all the “caring hands” he blessed our patients with.
~
Michael Trindade,
PALO ALTO, California

November 23, 2010
The world is a better place because of Greg and the countless people he touched throughout his medical career. He was truly a gem. His natural ability to teach and to inspire was profound, and he inspired me to become a general surgeon. Greg was the best clinical teacher I have had the privilege to work with in medical school. He taught me clinical pearls and surgical skills that I will keep with me forever. Greg will always be my role model for the chief resident, surgeon, teacher, and mentor I hope to become. I was blessed to be given the chance to work with him. Greg’s passing is a terrible loss to the world. He will be very missed.
~
Cara Liebert,
Menlo Park, California

November 23, 2010
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

November 23, 2010
Dearest Greg,

I am grateful for having known you, been inspired and surprised by you, laughed and learned in your company as well as cared more because of how you made yourself available. I am saddened to tears now at the thought of your passing.

But as we spoke on more than one occasion, life is funny and unpredictable… and although the book I kept kidding you to author in the future will never be quite, pages of precious memories that lie within those you have known and touched are now being volunteered and another sort of book inspired by you is coming to fruition. Nice work Feldman.

I cherish the memories I have of you and know that in time, your words and song carried on the wind will continue to inspire us all to laugh, understand and care more deeply. Thanks in advance for the blessings my friend.

Thank you and all of the forces that made you possible. May you be blessed with peace.
~
Behrouz Farsi,
Stanford, California

November 22, 2010
Dear Sid, Rhoda, Howard & Judith
We heard & knew of so many of Greg’s accomplishments. When meeting him it was apparent that he was a remarkable, genuine & brilliant young man. We understand why he was loved by so many. Recently we really enjoyed the chance to get to know him more We are thinking of you all of the time & can only imagine the sorrow you must feel over the loss of your wonderful son.
Love,
Wally & Judy
Walter Fried,
Chicago,, Illinois

November 22, 2010
judith fried,
Chicago, Illinois

November 22, 2010
Dear Sid and family:

I just wanted to express my condolences on the sudden loss of your son Greg. May his memory be a comfort to you during this most difficult time. Sid, if there is anything I can do, please let me know.

Gary Kirshenbaum

November 22, 2010
I am so deeply saddened by your loss. I know he was so loved by his family and in return loved all of you so much. I wish I could take away the pain that is in your hearts. Please let him rest in peace.

Beverly Ruttenberg

November 22, 2010
I knew Greg from camp. He has had a special place in my heart for the last 20 years. I am so very sorry for your loss! Rest in peace my old friend!
~
Erika,
Texas

November 21, 2010
Dear Dr. Feldman and Family,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Gregory was a truly unique and brilliant light in the lives of all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
~
Mani Foroohar,
New York, New York

November 21, 2010
Greg, you touched so many lives and made them better. You saved countless patients with your talented surgical skills. Your patients were special to you, and you healed their hearts when they needed more than just a prescription or an operation. Your sensitivity, musical talent, and intelligence were uncommon and made you so very special to others. You were loved by so many. May you rest in eternal peace and may your family be comforted by knowing that your life, no matter how brief, was one of brilliance and profound influence on so many people. We have all been blessed by having you in our lives.

November 21, 2010
To Rhoda, Sidney, Howard and Judith-
Our thanks to you for allowing part of Greg’s Stanford family to join you in your home at this time of mourning. I was comforted to feel the palpable love in your home that could not be extinguished by this tragic loss. Being there helped me in ways that I can not begin to express. Greg will be forever in my heart and your family will be in my prayers. May G_d bless you all and bring his peace and comfort to your family.
~
Della Garland,
Los Gatos, California

November 21, 2010
Dear Dr. Feldman and Family,

I was truly very sorry for the loss of your wonderful son Gregory Aaron Feldman.May you and your family be blessed with beautiful memories of your wonderful son.

May God be with you and your family.And alway’s remember that Gregory was the light in everybody’s eyes. And he will alway’s be very much missed.
From,
Carol Small
&
Robert Moskal
~
Carol Small,
Chicago, Illinois

November 21, 2010
Im deeply saddened by your passing. Greg was very passionate about his profession an compassionate to his patients and the people he worked with everyday. May God grant you eternal rest and peace. You will be greatly missed.
~
stanford, California

November 20, 2010
My brother and Greg, the two people in the world who make me truly laugh. I am so sad. I will miss you and think of you often.
~
Jim Rosing,
Sacramento, California

November 20, 2010
It is so rare to meet someone like Greg in medicine- and in life in general. Greg was a constant light at Stanford and I feel so thankful for every single one of my interactions with him over the past few years, regardless of how brief. His wit, humor, laughter, kindness, intelligence and compassion will be missed. I wish I had the opportunity to tell him how much I enjoyed working with him and how much of an honor it was to know him. Stanford was a better place while he was here. My deepest condolences to the Feldman family and to all who knew and will miss him.
~
Palo Alto, California

November 20, 2010
Rhoda and Family,
My sincerest condolences. Losing a child of any age is the worst experience for a parent. My heart goes out to you. May his memory be a blessing and may you experience only good things in the future.
Beverly Berger Bloom

November 20, 2010
Greg was a wonderful person and physician to work with. He will be missed by the Palo Alto VA’s MSICU!
~
Sandy Cardoza,
San Jose, California

November 19, 2010
I knew Greg as a resident at Stanford. He was so friendly, smart and compassionate. What a tremendous loss. He and his family are in my prayers.
~
Susan,
Oakland, California

November 19, 2010
In this time of loss for your family, may our promise for Dr. Feldman at Isaiah 25:8 bring you some comfort. You truly have my condolences.
~
Monique,
Atlanta, Georgia

November 19, 2010
Dear Dr.Feldman,

On behalf of Robert Moskal and myself Carol Small I want to express our condolences on the loss of your wonderful son Gregory. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers and in our hearts. If there is anything that we can do for you and your family please let us know.
God bless you and your family.
~
Carol Small,
Chicago, Illinois

November 19, 2010
Greg’s Stanford family will forever miss him. He will forever be in our hearts and memories
~
ANITA HAGAN,
PAL ALTO, California

November 19, 2010
My deepest sympathies go out to the Feldman family. I have wonderful memories of Greg from camp, and boxes full of lanyards he used to make and send to me between summers. Greg was a brilliant, deep and compassionate soul. He will be so very missed.

My thoughts are with you all during this tragic time.
~
Mia Kaminsky Meyer,
New York, New York

November 19, 2010
We are so saddened by this news. We all hold such fond
memories of Greg at Parker. What a tremendous loss.
Our deepest sympathies to your family.

The McCaughans

November 19, 2010
My sincerest condolences on the passing of such a talented young man. I wish you comfort during this difficult time.
~
Andrea Freeland,
Sacramento, California

November 19, 2010
Greg touched everyone he met with love, laughter, and joy. I will miss him very much.
~
Sherry Wren,
Palo Alto, California

November 19, 2010
Greg – I am crushed to hear of your passing. I will always remember your sharp wit and sly smirk. My sympathies to your family and loved ones.
~
Stanford, California

November 18, 2010
My deepest sympathies to Greg’s family. Your son was smart, sensitive and caring; I was very glad to know him and work with him. All of you will be in my prayers during this difficult time.

November 18, 2010
our sincere condolences to sid,rhoda and the entire family on your tragic loss.
~
arthur and judith klowden,
skokie, Illinois

November 18, 2010
Our deepest sympathy.
Dorothy and Steve Kavka
~
Steve Kavka,
Prospect, Kentucky

November 18, 2010
May you be at peace, Greg. We will miss you interminably.
~
palo alto, California

November 18, 2010
To the Feldman Family,
May you be comforted among all the mourners of Zion, Jerusalem and the world. In this time of sorrow you have prayers and sympathy from all those who knew and loved Greg. What a special, brilliant, gifted person he was; he will be dearly missed forever.

November 18, 2010
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. Greg was my first “husband” when we staged a mock wedding while learning about Jewish lifecycle events in fourth grade at Emanuel. My husband and I even considered putting my first wedding video on my real wedding video nineteen years later. I am so glad I knew him as a child, and only wish I had the opportunity to know him as the extraordinary adult he became.
~
Hilary,
Chicago, Illinois

November 18, 2010
I saw Greg at a Parker alumni event a couple months ago; seeing Greg reminded me of what an amazing presence he was at Parker. As a student a few years younger, I was one of many, many in awe of him. I am so sad to hear of his passing. Greg, his family, friends, patients are in my thoughts and prayers. Our city, community, and the population at large has lost a wonderful person.

November 18, 2010
I am having a hard time believing he is gone. My deepest sympathy for the Feldman family. Greg was such an amazing human being. What a big loss it is to this world. He touched everyone everyhere.

November 18, 2010
Greg I simply can not put my feelings into words. You truly touched me . . . and I am a much better person by having known you. I wish so badly I could tell you this or that I would have told you this more often but I hope you are listening from a much better place now. I will cherish your memory forever and can only hope to be a fraction the person you were. With so much love and affection – Deepika

November 18, 2010
I am so sorry I could not be there today. I am heartbroken that he is gone, for the pain his family is feeling, and for how the world lost one of its most special sons far too soon.
~
Kevin Delgado,
San Diego, California

November 18, 2010
Greg…..This world could not afford to lose someone like you. My heart is broken. I miss you. I hope you understood the impact you had on people and how much you were loved. Thank you for all of the CD’s/mixes. The sound of your voice singing is my only comfort today.
~
San Jose, California

November 18, 2010
Dear Feldman family,

Greg’s friends and family from his days at HMS are praying for you in this time of sorrow. Together, we are also remembering all the joy and laughter he brought us. I know he is looking down from below and seeing how deeply his friends love and miss him. I’ll always remember Greg and will continue to share stories about our time together. Thank you for raising such an extraordinary human being.
~
Alejandra Casillas,
Los Angeles, California

November 18, 2010
We are so sorry to hear about Greg. Its been a very long time but I know you are in touch with my Chicago family. I have fond memories of babysitting some 30 years ago…. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
~
Eve Soffer,
Seattle, Washington

November 18, 2010
In this world there are people who light up a room when they enter it, Greg lit up the world.He touched many lives and went about it with such grace and poise.The emptiness can never be measured, but we can continue his legacy by being kind and empathetic in all Thoes who we encounter in our daily life.
~

November 18, 2010
WE WILL SURELY MISS YOU DR. GREG FELDMAN, VASCULAR FELLOW AT JESSE BROWN V.A. AND NORTHWESTERN HOSP. YOU ARE ONE COMPASSIONATE, CARING AND SMART HUMAN BEING. THANKS FOR THE TIME WE WORKED TOGETHER. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

R. JEREOS

November 18, 2010
Dear Rhoda, Sid and Family,
We send our deepest condolences. We had the pleasure of speaking with Greg at length at the Rice wedding and knew than how special he was. We are thinking of you and wish you strength in coping with this incredibly difficult loss.
~
Sharon & Joel Greenburg,
Wilmette, Illinois

November 18, 2010
Greg, my heart is aching because we miss you so much….

November 18, 2010
Our deepest regards, thoughts, and prayers go out to you Dr. Sidney Feldman and your entire family.
The Shields Family
~
Daniel & Trisha Shields,
Chicago, Illinois

November 18, 2010
Please accept my deepest condolences on Greg’s passing. He was a brilliant– and gorgeous– individual.

November 18, 2010
My thoughts will be with Greg’s family and friends today and for a long time. Love and peace, to Greg, and to all of his loved ones.
~
Sarah Chakrin,
Broolyn, New York

November 18, 2010
I only wish I had told you more how much you really meant to me.
November 18, 2010
My condolences to the Feldman family and all who knew him. He touched so many lives. As a Parker classmate and friend of Greg’s, it was an honor knowing him. His memory will continue to inspire me to be a better human being. My last moments with him were filled with laughter, dance and enlightening conversation. He will be missed!
~
Vanessa Figueroa,
Chicago, Illinois

November 18, 2010
This is a travesty, and you will be sorely missed Greg. I think one of my best memories of Greg (besides when he introduced me to his parents and taught me Salsa dancing) was when he played his own remix of “Genie in a bottle” for me. The world would be better off with more people like you, and beyond my own personal pain I regret that the world won’t see more of the good things that you had to bring it.
~
Johann Naylor,
Mountain View, California

November 17, 2010

My deepest condolences to Greg’s family and friends. I have such fond memories of Greg from our days at summer camp as children. I will always remember Greg’s bright smile and the warmth he gave off to all who surrounded him. You will be missed, Greg.

-Devorah Ancel

 

November 17, 2010

Dear Rhoda, Sid and Family,

We were saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. Words cannot adequately express our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

Susan and Richard, Josh and Natalie, and Andy Rosenstein

~  Susan and Richard Rosenstein, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

November 17, 2010

I am stunned and saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. I’ll always remember him fondly, for his friendship at FWP, on our weekly rides in the hebrew school van (always a book in hand), and in Sunday school at Emmanuel. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones at this difficult time.

~  Ben Friedman, Washington, District of Columbia  

 

 

November 17, 2010

I have worked at so many healthcare facilities and with too numerous Drs to count but Greg Feldman always stuck in my head as the most empathetic, compassionate, witty, and humorous person in the field of medicine. This is extremely rare in a person, let alone an MD. I hope that his family can have heart knowing how much Greg affected not only his patients but everyone around him, probably without even knowing that he did it. My thoughts are with them, such a horrible tragedy.

~  Christel Peters, Bethel, Alaska  

 

 

November 17, 2010

The world will never be the same without Greg in it. He was an incredible light in many, many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

 

 

November 17, 2010

My fondest memories are of a handsome, kind, witty, and talented student of life. I enjoyed having the honor of knowing him as faculty at FWP. I offer my deepest sympathy to his loved ones.

~  Lorin Pritikin

 

 

November 17, 2010

Dear Feldman Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear about Greg’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~  Anna Gassman-Pines

 

 

November 17, 2010

Greg was one of my favorite classmates back in my days at FWP. He was one of the good ones! My heart goes out to his family.

~  Caroline Fox, Boston, Massachusetts  

 

 

November 17, 2010

You will be missed so deeply, Greg. I hope you knew how much you are loved.

 

 

November 17, 2010

To The Feldman Family,

Our thoughts and Prayers our with you we are deeply sadden.

~  The Thomas Family, Bellwood, Illinois

 

 

November 17, 2010

Greg was a gift to the world- and he will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. You are loved, Greg.

~  Mindy Greenblatt Streem, Williamsburg, Virginia

 

 

November 17, 2010

Greg was the best, the kind of person each of us hopes to be. He will always be loved, missed, and admired by his friends and classmates.

~  Joel Pollak, Skokie, Illinois  

 

 

November 17, 2010

I am so sad to hear of Greg’s passing–a tremendous loss to his family and to the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~  Susan Shure, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

November 17, 2010

We were so shocked to hear of Greg’s passing away. May he live on in our lives as we know it. Wishing peace and healing to all who were touched by his life.

Abbie (Macy) Lowe and family

 

 

November 17, 2010

This was heartbreaking news to hear. Greg was a wonderful person. My thoughts are with his entire family.

~  Mara Gollin-Garrett, Minnetonka, Minnesota  

 

 

November 17, 2010

I was shocked and devastated by the news of Greg’s passing. He was a wonderful classmate and friend with extraordinary talents. He inspired us all at Harvard, and made us want to work to be better human beings. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers are with his family during this extremely difficult time.

~  Aisha Taylor, Chicago, Illinois  

 

 

November 17, 2010

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to you all.

~  Adriana Schmeling Payne

 

 

November 17, 2010

~  Daniel Katz, Illinois

 

 

November 17, 2010

You will be missed and always remembered as a brilliant, caring friend with an amazing love for others.

~  Andrew Adashek

 

 

November 17, 2010

We are so deeply saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

~  Nikki Pope Wagner

 

 

November 17, 2010

Both the Parker family and Harvard family will never be the same. My deepest sympathy to everyone who knew and loved Greg.

~  Hanna Stotland, Chicago, Illinois  

 

 

November 17, 2010

I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Greg’s passing. He was a wonderful young man. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time

~  Lynda Robbins

 

 

November 17, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you today.

The Feiertag family

~  Judy Feiertag, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

November 17, 2010

Greg was my anatomy partner in medical school. There are simply no words to describe the loss of a life so full of promise. His wit, music and friendship will be a lasting legacy in the memories and hearts of everyone who knew him. He touched so many lives, both here and around the world. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

~  William Kitchens, M.D., Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

November 17, 2010 

Dear Dr. Feldman,

May you forever live in Blessed Memory.

~ Michael Harrington, Warrenville, Illinois

 

 

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