Michael M. Gold, M. D., age 93, of Greenwood Avenue, Barrington, died at Miriam Hospital on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Linda (Orloff) Gold for 28 years. Born in Newport, the son of Harry and Ernestine (Kosch) Gold, he lived in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and finally Rhode Island for the last 20 years.
During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a navigator on a B-17. In 1944, his plane was shot down and he spent sixteen months in a POW camp in Nazi Germany. After the war, he earned a B.S degree from Columbia University and a medical degree from the University of Rochester. He then finished his specialty training in Gynecology and Obstetrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
The first gynecologist and obstetrician in Ocean County, New Jersey,
Dr. Gold practiced medicine in Lakewood and, later, was recruited to become the Director of the Southern Vermont Women’s Health Center in Rutland, Vermont. At Paul Kimball Hospital in Lakewood, Dr. Gold was given the award of Doctor of the Year in 1984. Although he retired in 1997, after 40 years of medical practice, he served as a Volunteer Peer Counselor for a group of Korean War veterans suffering PTSD.
Michael Gold has also been featured in Thomas Childers’ well-known history, Soldier from the War Returning and, in 2010, he was given the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame Presidential Award.
Besides his loving wife, Linda, he is survived by his brother, Robert Gold and his wife LaDonna, his daughter-in-law, Sue Gold, his wife’s children, Steven, Laura and Jeffrey Schwartz, his grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Gold, Alexander and Olivia Cardile and countless friends. Sadly, Michael’s cherished sons, Daniel, Joseph and Steven Gold, all predeceased him.
Mike Gold will always be remembered for his caring, empathy, consideration of others and warmth, as well as for his keen sense of humor.
A Memorial Service celebrating Michael's life will be held at 10am on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Newport Officers Club in Newport, RI. The Base requires the complete name of those attending (exactly as it appears on their license) and anyone in the car (including children) to be submitted by Monday September 8th. They have very strict security about this and will not admit anyone whose name is not on their guest list. Please confirm (with name) in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are planning to come.