David Sidney Feingold
September 26, 2019

Funeral Information

September 27 2019 - 3:00 pm
Homewood Cemetery, 1599 South Dallas Avenue - Squirrel Hill

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FEINGOLD, DAVID SIDNEY passed on Thursday, September 26, 2019. David was a scientist, professor, athlete, and polyglot with incomparable joie de vivre. His countless acts of generosity and kindness were performed without fanfare or publicity. With a BS from MIT and a PhD from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his career ranged from chemistry to organic chemistry to microbiology. In 1957, along with Shlomo Hestrin and Gad Avigad, he was awarded the Israel prize - the Israeli equivalent of the Nobel prize - in exact sciences. He finally made his academic home at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a professor of microbiology. He was known for his quirky teaching style, such as throwing condoms filled with coffee beans at students to cement their knowledge of the gonorrhea bacteria’s shape. He ran and did triathlons into old age, proudly boasting of awards when he was the only entrant in his age category. He loved languages and picked them up with enviable speed, often successfully pretending to be a native speaker. He delighted in travel, poetry, cooking, baking, classical music, and especially food. Despite a painful childhood and broken home, he formed a lasting, loving marriage and generously mentored many students and employees, frequently putting their welfare and that of their families above his own professional goals. Even in his last years, he gave and received enormous affection every day from the loving men and women who cared for him and whose careers and growth he encouraged. In addition to these late additions to the family and a few devoted friends, he is survived by children Oded Haber, Anat Feingold (Nate Link), and Michele Feingold; grandchildren Lani Tal (Dan Wilson), Mara Feingold-Link, Daniela Ruiz Feingold (Matias Altalef), Jordan Feingold-Link (Andi “Simone” Fu), Yoav Ruiz-Feingold, and Lee Haber, brother Macey Feingold (the late Helene Sultana Feingold), nephews Daniel Feingold and Richard Feingold (Lauri Alpern), and great-nephews Noah and Ethan. Predeceased by his wife, Batia Feingold. He is already missed. Graveside Service and Interment will be held on Friday at 3 pm at Homewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hebrew Free Loan Association or the Union of Concerned Scientists. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. www.schugar.com


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Our fathers are incredible forces in our lives. I know you had a very special relationship with your Dad. That made both of you very lucky. I am sorry for your loss and will miss seeing him. My thoughts are with you.

By Susan Blackman - September 28, 2019

He was a wonderful neighbor

By Bimla and Harel - September 27, 2019

I will never forget sitting in the living room and reading poetry out loud with Davy and Batia. And how they both adopted me immediately because I was Michele's friend. I loved them both very much. I hope they are now reading poetry together somewhere where the bread is fine and the wine finer. My condolences to the Feingold family and many friends who have lost the presence of this dear man.

By Pam Mercer - September 27, 2019

Condolences to Oded, Michele, Anat and family. What a great loss of a dynamic and beloved man. The obituary beautifully describes a brilliant, vivid man who lived life to the fullest. We were happy to see him at Temple Sinai on many occasions, lovingly accompanied by Michele. May sweet memories comfort you.

By Betty Rothbart & Paul Lyons - September 27, 2019

Dear Michele, I'm sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing. Judy Ehrlich Kirklin

By Judy Kirklin - September 27, 2019

Your father was an amazing man who made a lasting impact on so many people and the world. I know you are proud of him, and happy that he had such a long and fulfilling life. But I know there is an emptiness in you and your families heart. That grief for this dear lovely man will never go but transform into fond and loving memories. He and your mum made wonderful person and friend that you are. Sending love to you and your family.

By Caiolinn - September 27, 2019

What a remarkable man. My deepest condolences to the Feingold family. May memories of Davey always be for a blessing. Love, Randi Taylor

By Randi Taylor - September 27, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man aptly named Feingold, fine gold, a treasure of a man. May his life and memory be for a blessing.

By Mickie Diamond - September 27, 2019

He lived a long full life and I know he will be very much missed

By Selma weiss - September 26, 2019

Michele, your father seems to have been a wonderful man who, despite a difficult early period, lived a full and deliberate life, loving others and doing a world of good. You reflect him. My condolences and love go out to you at this time of grief.

By Kim Eichenlaub - September 26, 2019

we are very saddened by the loss of David Finegold who served as a great example to us as a mensch and as an energetic iconoclast. Sandy and Nancy

By Sanford Asher and Nancy Day. - September 26, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, Michele. Thinking of you and wishing you comfort as you grieve.

By Sandy Fox - September 26, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

By Susan Cohen - September 26, 2019

Dear Michele, My sincere condolences. Your father was an amazing person - what wonderful memories to comfort you.

By Lynn Rubenson - September 26, 2019

Michelle I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

By Joan Stein - September 26, 2019