GRUMBACH--Dr. Melvin M., one of the world's foremost pediatric endocrinologists, died of a heart attack on October 4 at age 90. After growing up in Brooklyn, he was the first in his family to go to college, attending college, medical school, and residency at Columbia University. He met his wife there, Madeleine Francis Grumbach, who became a child psychiatrist. Married 55 years until her death in 2007, they raised three sons, Ethan, Kevin, and Anthony, and were devoted to their five grandchildren, Jacob, Matthew, Aimee, Zoe, and Fletcher. Dr. Grumbach's pioneering research elucidated the biologic mechanisms of sexual differentiation, growth and puberty, and addressed socially charged issues about gender identity and normal height variations. Serving as chair of the UCSF Department of Pediatrics from 1966 to 1986, he transformed the department into one the world's most prestigious programs, while training legions of pediatricians from across the globe. He received many scientific awards and honorary degrees, but was proudest of the people he mentored. His family, colleagues, and trainees loved him for his warmth, curiosity, and integrity. In an era when more women were entering pediatrics, he was known for promoting a family-friendly training environment. He was most at peace spending time with his family and friends at a vacation home on the Northern California coast, gazing at the Pacific Ocean and watching the sun set. In addition to his three sons and five grandchildren, he is survived by his brother Lee. Gifts to honor Dr. Grumbach's life may be donated to the UCSF Foundation, at UCSF Department of Pediatrics, 550 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94158-2549, attn Grumbach Research Award.
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