Ellen Footer (Winston)
I saw "Morris" through the after years, up to the time of hs death. He had a beautiful wife Ginny, and 2 boys. He loved his family dearly. He was charitable and respected. We always talked about the old days. He had a very aggressive form of brain cancer and passed quickly, fighting all the way. He was sweet, dear, and is missed by many.
Marty and I knew Maurice quite well. One day in say 1963, Maurice called to say the James Garner was having dinner at his house. Marty and I did not believe him, of course, but we cooked up a scheme to stop over and bring a math book during dessert and sure enough we met James Garner! Seems that Maurice's dad was best friends with a movie agent in LA and thus the hookup. We decided to drive around the country with Maurice one summer, probably 1963, and we drove south, then to California, up the coast to Seattle, then back. About 6 weeks of camping except one night in a rooming house in Tennessee - we woke up sweating bullets as Maurice had clamped his sheet over the a/c unit and then over his bed. Maurice!!!
Maurice was driving the car in West Texas and we got pulled over for speeding. The officer called him "Morris" after looking at his license and Maurice thought that was remarkable until the officer called up the judge from the swimming hole to tell us that we were not welcome in town and fined him $175.00. Maurice made us split the fine because he said he was driving for the greater good. Maurice!!!
Marty and I kept up with him over the years and saw him on occasion. We miss him! Chuck.
So sorry to learn of the passing of Maurice Feldman. He was a sweet and wonderful husband, father, and friend. He will be sorely missed. And I wish his family the most sincere sympathy.
A. Howard Metro
Maurice Feldman died far too soon on October 29, 2002 at age 55. He suffered for a year from one of the most virulent forms of brain cancer, a stage 4 glioblastoma. He left a legacy of personal accomplishments, as well as enduring friendships. His final transaction, completed just a few months before he died brought the second Cyberknife in the United States to Georgetown University Hospital. Its significance in the treatment of tumors caused by cancer cannot be overstated.
His entrepreneurial spirit evidenced itself with his paper route when he was 10. He family was comfortable, so it was not a job of necessity; rather it was a way for his parents to instill in him a sense of responsibility. Never an athlete, he did not find his identity in the sports arena. However, this was no limitation, as he always was up to participate in friendly pick-up games with his friends no matter the skill imbalance.
After high school and a disappointing year at George Washington University, he transferred to Jacksonville University in Florida. His new school enabled him to meet new friends, one of whom was Artis Gilmore, the talented center for their basketball team, and he soon began writing for the school newspaper. He also ran for student government and was elected President his senior year. He was innovative, inclusive and a visionary. He made such a lasting impression that he remained friends with the Dean of the University until his death. It was here that Maurice discovered his expertise in sales, an indefatigable spirit and a relentless pursuit of his next best idea. His wife, Ginny, was always on a 100 mile an hour train ride with creativity and brilliance.
His father Sam Feldman was the self-made President of Beitzel Liquor Distributors, one of the three top wine and spirit companies in the Washington, DC area. Competition with the other companies was cutthroat, and Sam Feldman always was seeking a way to differentiate Beitzel from its competitors. Hard liquor and beer were the main products of this industry and among the distributors competition was about marketing the well- known brands. When Maurice joined Beitzel, he was drawn to the possibility unlimited growth in the wine industry rather than transfering the sale of a brand from another wholesaler.
Maurice recognized the future popularity of wines, as an alternative to hard liquor and beer. He often traveled to France where he studied with some of the most important chateau estates in Bordeaux, making him somewhat an expert in this field. Not only did he establish close relationships with numerous wineries, he negotiated large purchases of production at favorable prices. As wine became more popular, Maurice visited California wineries, and followed numerous vineyards showing promise for their futures. He learned the business well, and was instrumental in the growth of Beitzel's wine division, which during his time there reached a sales volume equal to their hard liquor sales.
When Beitzel acquired 17 local Swenson Ice Cream Parlors, Maurice was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the Washington, DC territory. With the same energy and excitement he demonstrated in the wine industry, he convinced the company to manufacture Waffle cones, but America was watching its waistlines and yogurt began to display influence in the frozen dessert industry. Maurice was very involved in the sale of Swenson's before business would be affected. Simultaneously, he engaged himself in many interesting enterprises, one of which was to purchase LaRuche restaurant upon which he and a partner (who now owns an national sports franchise) closed with the assistance of an attorney in Rockville with a mere 5 years of experience. His faith in me and his relentless interest in the business of law were instrumental in my decision to help establish a law firm in Rockville.
As a thirty-five year old bachelor with a thriving business, Maurice was a catch. His wife of 22 years, Ginny, while beautiful, caught his attention because she could distinguish a Cabernet Sauvignon from a Pinot Noir through taste. After a proposal in Italy, they decided to marry. Together they raised two sons, Gary and Robert who are each on the way to establishing careers.
In 2001 Maurice first learned of the Cyberknife Stereotactic Surgical System. Accuray was the fledging manufacturer and had only one machine installed in the United States, in California. While preliminary tests conclusively showed it had a broader utility than the current technology, the Gamma Knife, the cost of these machines was prohibitive, ans since the new machine had only one installation insurers had not recognized the treatment for various surgeries.
The Gamma Knife was focused beams of radiation on a tumor in the brain, using a moderately invasive method. The Cyberknife utilized a more enhanced and precise method of technology allowing it to treat cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. Most importantly, the Cyberknife procedures are completely non-invasive and do not require extended hospital stays for the patients.
Maurice had learned that Georgetown wanted the Cyberknife but did not have the resources to purchase the unit or the hundreds of hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to build the treatment rooms. While it took him over a year, Maurice convinced Accuray to sell the unit to him and a few other investors, and he convinced Georgetown to build the center and use the unit. For over 10 years Georgetown along with the entity he created administered the program, jointly sharing the revenue. Today Georgetown is one of the best-known centers for this surgery. This instrument has saved many lives; however ironically it could not save Maurice's life.
To his friends, Maurice will always be remembered as a warm and wonderful person. He always had time to support his friends and family, with spirit and the relentless pursuit of what he thought was right. He changed many lives for the better, not only at home, but throughout the Washington Metropolitan community that meant so much to him.
He was my good friend, and he is missed by his many friends and most of all by his family.
G. Francis Schum
I met Maurice in the hospital. I worked as an orderly at Sibly in N.W. Washington. Maurice had a business leasing and servicing specialized TVs to area hospitals for patient rooms. We remembered eachother immediately, and everytime we met when he was on call, we talked about school, life, and how heavy TVs were to schlep around!
I worked directly for Maurice Feldman at Beitzell & Co. in DC for 11 years. He was a friend and taught me how to sell, take risks and follow my passions. I’m 69 years old now, retired. Looking back I’d like to make a tribute to my first leader and teacher. Thanks Ben May