Tribute to Dr. Arnold P. Gold, our beloved co-founder

You may share your memories of Dr. Arnold Gold in several ways: when you donate (the form has a field for stories), at the bottom of this page (which will be posted publicly on this page), or by emailing info@gold-foundation.org. Thank you for joining us in honoring his extraordinary legacy.

Dr. Arnold P. Gold and Christopher, one of the thousands of patients he cared for with such skill and compassion.

With heavy hearts, the Board of Trustees and staff of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation  share that Dr. Arnold Perlman Gold, our beloved co-founder, passed away on January 23 in New York City. He was 92.

Dr. Gold was a world-renowned pediatric neurologist, a Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a master diagnostician who became an international leader and advocate for humanism in healthcare.

Dr. Gold and his wife, Sandra, co-founded The Arnold P. Gold Foundation with an aim toward sustaining the human connection in medicine and ensuring all patients received compassionate care. The Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s programs, such as the White Coat Ceremony and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, are now found in nearly every medical school in the country.

Dr. Gold was born in New York City, New York, on August 8, 1925, the son of attorneys Rebecca and Michael Gold.  The younger sibling of Bernard and Thelma, Arnold was sent from his childhood home in Brooklyn to Galveston, Texas, to attend high school. He left his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas, Austin to enlist in the Navy during World War II as soon as he celebrated his 17th birthday. He served as a navy corpsman until the war ended when he returned to the University of Texas to finish his bachelor degree in 1947.

After completing a master’s degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1949 and a medical degree from the University of Lausanne in 1954, Dr. Gold interned at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He went on to become the chief resident at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where he worked with Dr. Albert Sabin on the first polio vaccine.  After a stint as the visiting chief resident at the Babies Hospital at the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Campus he returned to do a fellowship in the new discipline of Child Neurology.

Drs. Arnold and Sandra Gold founded The Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1988 to bring new focus to the essential human connection in healthcare.

Dr. Gold was a professor and clinician at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for more than 50 years. A pioneer in the field of child neurology, Dr. Gold published more than 80 articles and numerous books. He treated tens of thousands of children and provided a model of skill, knowledge and compassion for hundreds of pediatric residents and thousands of medical students who trained with him.

“Arnold Gold was the quintessential clinician who cared for young patients and their families and trained budding physicians for more than two generations,” said Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia University and Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

“Starting at Columbia in 1993, Arnold and the Gold Foundation created the White Coat Ceremony, which now welcomes medical students into the profession in nearly every American medical school and many schools throughout the world, to promote compassion and humanism in future doctors. He started by changing lives one at a time, but ultimately changed the entire medical profession,” said Dr. Goldman.

Dr. Gold was beloved by his patients, many of whom traveled across the globe to see him. The particular care that he and Sandra took with each patient and their family was legendary, and the relationships he created with patients lasted for decades and helped build The Arnold P. Gold Foundation.  “Arnold was a shining example of the humanism he espoused his entire life. Both as a person and as an exemplary clinician, he treated every patient, every colleague, every fellow human being with great compassion and empathy,” said Richard Sheerr, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gold Foundation.

Dr. Gold was a professor and clinician at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for more than 50 years.

In the 1970s and 1980s, as imaging, scans and other technological advances were introduced in hospitals, Dr. Gold became increasingly alarmed that students and clinicians were losing their connection to the patients themselves. He launched The Arnold P. Gold Foundation with Sandra in 1988, forever changing medical education and becoming a pioneer in fostering the human connection in healthcare.

Dr. Gold was named Practitioner of the Year at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in 1992. When presenting the award, Dr. Lewis P. Rowland, the chair of the Department of Neurology at the time, spoke of Dr. Gold’s remarkable impact:  “Arnold’s patients come before all else. He is legendary in his ability to make contact with — and to calm — the most anxious, recalcitrant, or distressed child. He is physician, friend, and advocate to the children and their families.” Dr. Rowland described Arnold as “a truly great teacher — at the bedside or in the lecture hall. Residents and medical students flock to him — not just because he is so stimulating but because he serves as such a role model.”

Dr. Gold was awarded the Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons Distinguished Service Award in 1999. His many national awards included the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Child Neurology Society, the President’s Award from the AMA Foundation, and United Hospital Fund of New York’s Community Service Award. He received honorary doctorates from Sacred Heart University, New Jersey Medical School (Rutgers), and Mt. Sinai Medical School in NYC. In April, he will receive posthumously the 2018 Babies Hospital Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He was involved in numerous committees and community boards, including the Berrie Group Home for the Developmentally Disabled. Dr. Gold was on the Advisory Board of the Therapeutic Nursery at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, where there is a Sandra and Arnold Gold Wing. Dr. Gold was also a benefactor at The Jewish Home in Rockleigh and was involved with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and the Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities. He was on the Board of Advisors of the Community School in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Dr. Gold is survived by his wife, Sandra; his children, Dara Silver, Stephen and Michele Silver, Jeni Arnold, Amelia Gold and Brian Benson, and Maggie Gold Seelig and Jonathan Seelig; and 13 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his beloved son Jeffrey Silver.

Richard I. Levin, MD, current President and CEO of the Gold Foundation, reflects “It was only in the last six years of his beautiful life that I came to know Arnold Gold. He and his wife, Sandra, who together founded The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, were a storied love match. Of all the impressions I’ve drawn from his talks at White Coat Ceremonies across the country, I will miss his chronicle of their continuing love story the most. And if there is one word that this icon of humanism, of patient care, of compassion and empathy, embodies above all else, it is ‘love.’ We mourn for him, but as we celebrate his unique life, we can all carry his legacy forward in love.”

See the statement from the Association of American Medical Colleges on Dr. Gold’s passing.

You may share your memories of Dr. Arnold Gold in several ways: when you donate (the form has a field for stories), at the bottom of this page (which will be posted publicly on this page), or by emailing info@gold-foundation.org. Thank you for joining us in honoring his extraordinary legacy.

55 Comments

Dr Arnold and Sandra,
Thank you, thank you!!!

I knew Dr Gold during my more than 25 years as a faculty member at Columbia University Medical Center .He was an outstanding pediatric neurologist and made enormous national and international impacts with his ideas for a White Coat Ceremony to mark a student’s entry into medicine ( later extended to other health professions ) and his focus personally and through his Foundation on the critical importance of humanism in medical practice. He was a true and unique role model in ways that are extremely pertinent to the future of our increasingly technology-driven healthcare professions.

Dr. Gold’s generosity allowed me to attend New Jersey Medical School on scholarship, but even more so, helped endow me and my classmates with a priceless, patient-centered view through the Humanism Center. His vision and compassion are greatly appreciated — my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Arnold and Sandra were each other’s muses. Arnold galvanized a movement and, together with Sandra, they built it — this at a time when focused and coordinated efforts to teach, instill and reward humanism in medical practice were all but invisible. I feel lucky to have been known by Arnold during and after my time at the Foundation. He was the quintessential humanist who directly aided and touched too many, and by his example, will inspire countless more.

My neurology residency rotation in pediatric neurology was unforgettable, and Dr. Gold was a big part of that. I remember the palpable excitement and joy on his face when he talked to a child or beamed at a parent. He shared the warmth and nurturing of medicine so clearly. All of us will miss him.

I am privileged to have known Arnold Gold as a colleague and the parent of one of his patients.
As a new graduate nurse, at Babies Hospital, I would watch as he led residents throughout the hallways, wearing his Superman painted lab coat. The residents ALWAYS listened intently as he taught and went patient by patient engaging with parents and children in a kind, compassionate manner.
When our daughter needed a neurologist, we became his patients and he became a family member, always checking on us as well as our child.
We saw him yearly for nearly 30 years and will miss him.

I consider myself to be one of the current generation carrying the torch of patient-centeredness, unconditional positive regard, and love in medicine forward for the future of our profession. Of course, this is a long procession of folks going back millennia, and hopefully also forward. Dr. Gold is already known and will be remembered as one of the key leaders in this incredibly important movement. Sandra and Arnold and so many others at the Gold Foundation have meant so much to me, because they elevated the idea of compassion in medicine from some kind of “fringe element” to the core of what we do. This cannot be understated: Arnold Gold’s legacy is reflected in the myriad of people, like myself, who strive to spread the message of compassion in medicine to every healthcare worker and every patient, each day. There are millions of us, Arnold. Mission accomplished.

Dr. Gold (and Sandra!) had a profound impact on my career. I think about all the patients he impacted through the army of medical professionals he helped to train. He was the real thing, a true mensch, and he will be terribly missed.

Dr. Arnold P. Gold was a true leader in the field of medicine, particularly in humanism in medicine. His work, along with his wife, Dr. Sandra Gold, inspired and supported medical schools throughout the nation to recognize medical students, residents and faculty who excelled in compassionate patient care and outstanding humanistic values. In working with the Golds and their team at The Arnold P. Gold Foundation to bring two chapters of Gold Humanism Honor Society to two medical schools was a pleasure and a highlight of my career. His legacy will live on and on and on . . .

I’ve known Dr. Gold since 1974 when he became my 7 year old daughter’s, Michelle’s, Neurologist who had just been diagnosed with an Optic Nerve Glioma. He was so helpful and reassuring not only to Michelle, but to her mother and me. When we needed to make some big decisions regarding her care including surgery, I remember him saying to us, “if she was my daughter, this is exactly what I would do.” I believe that he treated all of his young patients as if they were his own children.
Since that time, I’ve gotten to know his wonderful wife and the whole family who are a reflection of his loving kindness.

Talk about solid Gold! What a treasure he was and his far-reaching legacy will continue to be. On so many levels, this menche (sp?) of a man has truly made this world and the profession of medicine, a better place. To honor him we must each commit to follow in his footsteps. What a fitting tribute that will be.
We at Mary Ann Liebert Inc. will commit to do that as we impact the profession of medicine and the world of health and biomedical research in our 90 peer-reviewed journals!

Its really hard to know where to begin…I believe that the most important aspect of life is to be a contributor…Arnold Gold defines this type of giving nature…He had the insight and warm and dedication to bring people together, the talent and intellect to be a role model for so many. Arnold’s indomitable spirit will forever be a light to me and to so many others. To say that he is admired, is an understatement. I believe that his light will endure forever and we have been blessed to know him. May his memory forever be a blessing. Sandra, thank you for sharing Arnold…and yourself…you are an inspiration. Warmly Ellen Friedman

I met Dr. Gold very briefly at the annual conference in 2012. He was so personable and approachable (even when I was a shy 4th year medical student). What an amazing movement he and his wife have sparked! To be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society was probably my proudest achievement! My sincere condolences to his family. Zichrono Livrocho.

We are so very sad indeed to learn of Dr. Gold’s passing. We have never forgotten the kindness and compassion that Dr. Gold showed to us when we first met him in March 1986 at Columbia Presbyterian and he diagnosed our then 3 month old daughter Ingrid with hydrocephalus – he watched over her into adulthood with the same dedication to her, and us. She is now married and a mother of two and we are proud grandparents and eternally grateful to him because of his incredible care. We fondly remember his assistant Felice too. He had a long and devoted life and his legacy and brilliance will go on and on. Our deepest condolences to Dr. Gold’s wife and his family at this very sad time.
Margaret & Will Rabus

Dr. Gold’s life was not only inspirational but he truly made medical education better. I feel so honored to have met, Arnold, Sandra and other members of the Gold Foundation recently and while I am very sad to learn of Dr. Gold’s passing, I will always treasure the kindness and compassion the Sandra and Arnold personally showed me. With deep sympathy, I send my heartfelt condolences to Sandra and family.

Dr. Gold, you have set an example for generations of physicians. You were who I strive to be. Thank you for emphasizing the most fundamental qualities of a physician and keeping them at the forefront of medicine. Peace to your family and all those who loved and knew you.

I had the good fortune of accidently running into the Golds during several AAMC meetings (on a couple of occasions literally in the doorways of hotels). Each time I would ask Dr. Gold to repeat the parable of the trickster with a bird and the wise person so I could hear him say yet again, “The answer is in your hands.” I remember asking him why he started GHHS. He said because he had seen a lot of suffering. I pointed out that lots of people have seen suffering but do not start humanism societies. I also fondly remember casually talking with his partner, Dr. Sandra Gold, and discovering her family’s background fighting for social justice before they were married. I concluded her commitment to justice was indeed the force-behind-the-force of GHHS. I will always remember them for the simple kindness they showed me. Ultimately, it’s harder to teach kindness than neurosurgery. Thankfully the Drs. Gold lit a torch to guide us. May we keep their light shining.

Arnold Gold left an amazing legacy and touched generations of physicians and physicians in training with the gift of humanism. He reminded us constantly that the patient is at the center of all that we do and should be in our hearts and minds always.

Ever since I learned about Dr. Gold and the APGF, he has remained a role model for my practice of medicine and interactions with patients. Creating a standard of excellent physicianship and defining what it means to be “a good doctor” from the perspective of patients is perhaps one of the most poignant lessons I learned. I am proud to work with his foundation and keep his legacy alive. Moreover, I am so grateful to have met him in person to shake the hand of a legend.

I first met Arnold and Sandra in 2004 at a GHHS national meeting in my role as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. I had come down from Canada wanting to be part of this humanistic movement that the Golds started. I still remember my first time meeting Arnold and Sandra. I was awestruck by what they had both accomplished and was so excited to meet them. And to no surprise, they were both so welcoming and warm that I felt like I had known them my whole life. And of course, knowing that the White Coat Ceremony, one which we held at University of Alberta, was started by Arnold was even more inspiring. Another great memory was my induction to becoming a GHHS member and chapter advisor. Because I was lucky enough to be the last one to be inducted, I was pinned by Arnold and that remains as one of my most cherished memories. I hope that I can carry on some part of Arnold’s legacy in being the type of caring and compassionate healthcare provider that Arnold would want all of us to be. Rest in peace Arnold and know that you have inspired a whole generation of physicians and healthcare providers.

There is a sign in a National Park that reads, “Don’t feed the bears unless you intend to spend the winter.” This is the philosophy that Dr.Gold and Sandra lived by in caring for people. Dr. Gold was an astute diagnostician, but more importantly he practiced the art of medicine. Over forty years ago, he cared for my
two year old nephew. The family was faced with the possibility of his having a brain tumor. Dr. Gold’s medical acumen and humanity bolstered our family. Because of Dr. Gold my nephew thrived. Despite the passage of time, Dr. Gold and Sandra did not forget us and was by my nephew’s side when he faced another life crisis. Dr.Gold and Sandra will always be in our hearts and mind.

Dr. Gold was an inspiration to me and to so many, many people. His humanity and light shown through, even in brief interactions. My condolences to Sandra, their family, and to the Gold Foundation staff. May his memory be a blessing.

I was a patient of Dr. Gold back in the 1960s, when I was seven years old. I met him when I was referred to him at Babies Hospital in New York, after four years of near-constant hospitalizations for debilitating vomiting and migraine headaches, following repeated misdiagnoses, second-guesses, and frustration from our doctors and home and ongoing despair by my parents. He saw me several times over the course of a week, during which I was subjected to a wide variety of (to me) uncomfortable and inexplicable tests. My first, and enduring, impression of him was of a kindly, soft-spoken man who smiled often, spoke gently to me and treated my parents with quiet respect; a marked contrast from the many specialists we had hitherto seen, who all seemed to regard me as an interesting teaching case (but nothing more) and were invariably patronizing to my mother and father. After carefully reviewing my thick file of clinical records and test results, he said, “She’s going to be all right. It’s hard now, I know, but she’ll grow out of it. It’s going to be okay.” He (correctly) diagnosed me with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome – today a recognized physical condition, but virtually unknown fifty years ago; it was an unspeakably great reassurance to my mother and father, who had endured years of humiliating insinuations from other doctors that I was being (at worst) abused, psychologically defective, or (at best) merely ineptly parented. Dr. Gold recognized the stress our family had endured over the years, and his positive outlook and kindness gave us the first hope we had in years. After several years, I did indeed eventually recover grow out of CVS, and we never saw Dr. Gold again, but we never forgot him, and he has always held an honored place in our family’s story. When I learned, decades later, of Dr. Gold’s advocacy for humanism and compassion in medicine, I was not at all surprised, and greatly pleased. He stands among the Righteous; may his life and work be an example to health caregivers for generations to come. Requiescat in pace, Dr. Gold.

Zeau DuBois Modig
Riegelsville, Pennsylvania

Its funny that his last name is Gold because Arnold and Sandra both have a heart of gold. He is the old fashioned concept of a mensch and a guten neshama. There are loosely translated concepts as a “Good Man” or a Good Soul/Spirit. Arnold was that and more, a role model in so many ways, a real person, a great doctor, a fine man, a loving husband and father, a great friend, a warm soul and one who has enriched all of our lives. May his memory be a blessing!
Mindy Schwartz

I entered Columbia Medical School in 1957 and left for Cornell in 1975, thus my idea of a humanistic pediatric neurologist was deeply influenced by Arnold. In 2000, my Dean asked me to establish a program in humanism and professionalism and I was thrilled to find myself once more at the feet of Arnold and Sandra. Few physicians have a lasting impact on thousands of patients and physicians but the Golds have had that opportunity. Arnold will be deeply missed but his work will carry on for generations.

Arnold has had such a strong impact on my life, professionally and personally… he made the world a better place in many large ways and innumerable small ways. I’m heartbroken for Sandra and the family.

It is truly amazing what an individual can accomplish when the passion and drive are there. Dr. Gold was a wonderful person, who has left an everlasting mark on the practice of medicine. The UNMC community holds up Sandra, the Gold family, and the APGF in this time of grief. Much love to you all.

Dr Arnold Gold touched our lives in 1986. Our daughter was hospitalized at Babies Hospital for 6 months without a clear diagnosis. He was actively involved in helping us rule out some of our worst fears. He was always interested in us as a family as well. His kindness and professionalism through the years were above and beyond so appreciated and helpful.
We have always been SO grateful for all his hand holding & brilliance and Love.

Dr. Gold was a kind, gentle soul who will be sorely missed. He would take the time to attend the Annual White Coat Ceremony at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School. I looked forward to his presence each year because it was quite special to me. He always made me smile! My heartfelt condolences to his wife Sandra and the entire Gold Family.

Reading these entries I’m moved by beautiful words I wish to echo. Also a patient of Dr. Gold more than 40 years ago, I believe it was in 1975 when diagnosed with a benign optic-nerve tumor at Columbia Presbyterian. In the pediatric ICU when recovering from surgery there may have been another patient of Dr. Gold’s that I’ve never met, but would have liked to. Dr. Arnold Gold was indeed wonderful and without his and Dr. Myles Behrens’ care I don’t know how my parents would’ve survived exploratory brain surgery on their 6-yr-old. As I grew up I appreciated more and more how wonderful Dr. Gold was, seeing him at both his NYC and Englewood office. I regret being distanced from him in my 20s – I never found anyone to take over his role… But it’s ok, his name on my file assures anyone who sees it I was in great hands. I’ve loved reading about the work the foundation has done. I send his family my sincere love and thanks, now and always.

There are no words to adequately express the legacy that Dr. Gold leaves for us all. His compassion and love were far-reaching and will live on. We shall continue to keep Dr. Sandra Gold and family in our most sincere thoughts and prayers.

A horrific episode at 5 days old left our son Logan brain damaged. He was hospitalized for 6 weeks. The attending neurologist at the hospital said “I wouldn’t hope for much” I told him without hope I would never get out of bed in the morning. We were referred to Dr Gold by a family friend. We took Logan to see Dr. Gold, after he was released from the hospital. I will never forget how Dr Gold entered the office blowing a duck whistle. We had a long consultation about my sons condition, as well as the state of my husband and my well being, out marriage and our young daughters well being. He then took us to the light box where he displayed the films of my sons brain scans. “This part here” he said “is very bad. According to this your son should be deaf, but when I walked in the room earlier and blew that whistle, Logan was startled. So you see that this is wrong, and there is hope. Now take this child home and love him” He told us to get him in early intervention and do what we can to help him. That’s what we did, to the best of our ability. Dr Gold also told us to take care of each other and Logan’s sister because our challenges will be great and will try to weaken us. Every visit after that Dr Gold first would ask us how we were, if we were still loving and taking care of each other, before, treating Logan. That was over 21 years ago. We still face challanges every day, we are still married, and Logan is loved and happy. There are things he can’t do and things he will never do, but can do a lot of things which another Dr told me not to hope for. We are forever grateful for our time spent with Dr Gold as he gave us so much love and lessons to carry though our lives. We will always love you Arnold. Thank you, The Rosen’s

A tremendous exemplar of what amazing things a man (and woman) can accomplish with passion, friends, and an infectious idea. A true inspiration to all of us for what productive achievements can be realized after age 70, 80, (and 90)!

Dr. Gold was first and foremost a healing man. He created ways to make the world a better place for thousands of patients and doctors alike. A true visionary, Dr. Gold never stopped trying to advance the field of medicine. He was a beloved influence on his wife Sandra who shared his dreams. Together, they raised the lovely family and grandchildren who I count among my cherished friends of today. These are people who are kind hearted. They are educated. They will take his ideas and grow them into oak trees because true legacy lives in their spirits. Dr. Gold, may the world now its white coats to you. God Bless you. Peggy K. Schunk

I have long admired the Gold Foundation and what they have done for highlighting, promoting and supporting humanism and compassion in medicine. But it was only for the first time that I met Dr. Gold last year. I feel blessed to have experienced first hand a part of why he was such a special man. He also met my son, a freshman in college, and made a profound impact on him. I am fortunate that I had the opportunity to meet the man behind the foundation. He has left a beautiful legacy.

Arnold was a humanitarian hero to so many—to his patients and their parents; to his students; his residents; and his co-physicians. He was beloved by his family and friends. His words were revered by the members of his namesake foundation and by the medical community at large. On a personal level, our family will be forever grateful for all that Arnold has taught us about empathy, caring, compassion and the human touch. We have lost a friend, and a mentor in the most important things of life. Our deepest condolences go out to Sandra and her entire family.

I will cherish the times I had to interact with Dr. Gold. What a legacy he has left us: the white coat ceremony, the humanism award and so much more . . . but most of all the memory of his smile and his persona. Hard to think of him without also thinking of Sandra. What a team! I feel privileged to have crossed paths with him. To Sandra and the family we are sending love and blessings.

When Arnold and Sandra invited me to join their new Foundation’s staff in 1994, where I worked in their home office, I had no idea how my life (and those of thousands of others) would be changed. Their love and commitment to Tikkun Olam – repairing the world – set the bar higher than I even knew could be possible. Watching Dr. Arnold Gold in the world was the best lesson in humanism one could ever have. His powerful and loving influence will be felt for generations. I was blessed to know and work with him and Sandra, and my love and condolences go out to all the Golds and Silvers and to all his colleagues and students.

Exactly 5 years ago my son started exhibiting odd symptoms. After seeing the pediatrician, allergist, and others, I contacted Dr. Gold who personally brought us to the right connections who made things better. One month ago, Jakie had a health scare and Dr. Gold himself contacted the right person who was vacationing in Europe to make things ok. I will always be indebted to the GentleMan who inquired every time we met about Jakie with genuine, complete love.

My daughter Shannyn was one of the lucky children to be treated and loved by Dr. Gold. My family, was one of the lucky ones to live and experience his Humanism In Medicine. He motivated me to be active in my daughters health care and to become involved at MSCHONY. He has made me a better father and better human being and his legacy will live in me forever.

It was such an honor me to meet Dr. Gold and his wife, Dr. Sandra Gold, the morning of my Columbia P&S White Coat Ceremony in 2006. I was returning to school to become a Dr. after a career in finance. As a 38 year old cancer survivor and his emphasis on humanism in medicine really spoke to me as a patient and future physician. Thank you to him and his family. God bless.

I was a patient of Dr. Gold during the 1970’s. I have always loved him. When my parents asked him if I could handle having a Bat Mitzvah, he said to tell him when and where and he attended my bat mitzvah with his son. He will truly missed.

I will never forget being in the hospital with our son, Ari, when he was just a baby, and we were slowly learning the news of his rare genetic disorder. It was a devastating time. Dr. Gold would visit each evening, and sit down with me as I cradled Ari, look me in the eye (never towering above me, as Dr.’s sometimes like to do), and ask me “How are you doing?” Such simple words, but there was so much more behind them.

Our son was a patient of Dr. Gold over 40 years ago. He and Sandra have kept in touch throughout the years, often calling to inquire about our son. When our son needed the services of a neurologist in Arizona, Dr Gold put him in touch with a physician in Tucson who provided his services free out of respect for Dr. Gold. Dr. Gold was a great doctor but he was even a better human being who made a real difference to the practice of medicine. Our family has lost a great friend.

As a patient of Dr. Gold’s from the early 70s, I can attest to his, and Sandra’s, compassion, brilliance and dedication to his patients. I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with the Golds and was so suprised and honored by how well I was remembered amongst the thousands of other patients they have seen in the past 40+ years. He will be missed.

I feel very honored to bear an award with Dr. Gold’s name. His traditions are alive and well at the University of Cincinnati. A pioneer for all the right reasons. And a legacy of hope and humanism.

Dr. Gold has been such an amazing source of inspiration to me through GHHS and I remember feeling honored to meet such an incredible human being. I look forward to carrying on his memory through continued participation in GHHS.

Dr. Gold was a mentor to me and thousands of other pediatricians. He will continue to live on forever in our hearts and in the impact he made in our lives as well as the lives of countless children. I continue to live by his example and pursue excellence, humanism and kindness in all that I do.

What a wonderful inspiration Dr. Gold was, and still is, to all of us. I am honored to play even a small role in the GHHS at my institution (Einstein/Montefiore). My condolences go out to Sandra, the Gold family, the Gold organization and to all the many lives he has touched.

Dr. Gold’s legacy is one of encouraging physicians to hold their heads high as they maintain their humanity and compassion in medicine. Thank you Dr. Gold. Peace and Blessings to Dr. Gold’s wife, children, family, and friends.

Dr. Gold’s legacy ism one of encouraging physicians to hold their heads high as they maintain their humanity and compassion in medicine. Thank you Dr. Gold. Peace and Blessings to Dr. Gold’s wife, children, family, and friends.

My parents have known Arnold for, what seems like a lifetime. Their friendship was deep,meaningful, and lovely. Arnold was a mensch many times over for our family. In the latter years, I’ve come to know Arnold and Sandra and to experience his gentle, beautiful love as well. We will miss such a beautiful soul. All of us send warm condolences to Sandra and the family. Love, Bob and Eileen Berkowitz and Sherie Wolpert

We are grateful to Dr. Gold and the foundation for recognizing the contribution nursing makes to health care by providing grants for white coat ceremonies to first professional degree and advance practice nursing programs. On behalf of my colleagues at Sacred Heart University College of Nursing, we express heartfelt sympathy and blessings to Sandra and the entire Gold family.

Dr. Gold will truly be missed, he has had a profound impact on thousands and his legacy will continue to live on. My condolences go out to his dearing wife Sandra and the entire Gold family. Xo

Dr. Gold was an amazing pioneer and leader. We are so honored to carry on his legacy, and our hearts go out to Sandra and the entire Gold family.

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