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    Friends' Board and Bios

    Elaine Goldenberg

    Elaine Goldenberg's association with Dana-Farber began when her husband Marty was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She spent a tremendous amount of time at Dana-Farber and was totally impressed by everyone with whom she came in contact. Shortly following his death, she decided to volunteer in the Friends' Gift Shop, soon becoming a Board Member and, subsequently, the financial manager of the Gift Shop. Elaine says, "It has been a wonderful experience, and I've become acquainted with many remarkable people."

    Marty and Elaine resided in Newton and had three children: Barry, Judy and Lori. Barry and his wife Jill have three children: Mitchell, Melissa and Elise. Judy, a social worker, is married to Brett, and Lori teaches at the middle school in Needham.

    While her children were growing, Elaine worked in her husband's insurance office and filled in for most of the jobs there. She became very active in Women's American ORT, Hadassah, and her Temple sisterhood and held Board positions in all three. Elaine and Marty also became PTA co-presidents at the grammar school their children attended.

    Elaine says, "In 1985, we sold our house and moved to Boston. We walked everywhere, ate everywhere and tried to take advantage of all the things that Boston had to offer. It was an exciting time and by then I was not working, as the business had been sold. We did some traveling and enjoyed spending time at our home on Cape Cod. Since Marty's death, I moved back to the suburbs, became active in Friends and am attending lectures at the Brandeis Lifelong Learning Institute. I try to get to New York to see my grandchildren often and somehow or other manage to keep very busy. I guess I like it that way."

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