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
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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