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Marvin James Urman

January 26, 1927 - February 12, 2020

Marvin James Urman (January 26, 1927- February 12, 2020)

 

Marvin Urman was born an immigrant’s son in Portland, Oregon. He was the second of two sons born to Anna and Sam Urman. Marvin and his brother Jack worked from a young age selling papers on the street corners of downtown Portland. The money they earned was an important part of the family’s income particularly after his father passed away when Marv was 15 years old. He attended Lincoln Highschool and was awarded an academic scholarship to the University of Portland. He graduated with honors in Biology. His plans to apply to medical school were put on hold when he was drafted into the army to serve two years as a medic on a troop transport ship in World War II. He returned to Portland and enrolled in the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). He earned his MD degree in 1951. In 1952, he was introduced to a young beautiful college co-ed from Spokane, Washington named Lois Silverstein. They were married on December 27, 1953 in Spokane and subsequently settled in Portland where Marv was a young solo practitioner. During the next few years, Marvin formed a medical practice with colleagues, William Fisher and Gordon Pierce. He and Lois had 3 children. Steven was born in 1954, followed by Susan in 1956 and Carol in 1958. Marvin held many leadership roles in the ensuing years as a medical staff leader in the Providence Medical system and as president of the Multnomah County Medical Society. He practiced medicine for 30 years and was known as one of the most trusted and knowledgeable general practitioners in Portland at that time. His patients loved him and all were sad when he retired from general practice in 1981. He served as the medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon until his retirement in 1991.

In subsequent years, Marvin enjoyed travel with Lois and friends, golf, tennis, numismatism and philately. He has always been known for his caring spirit, loving personality, quick wit and good sense of humor. Marvin and Lois recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

Marvin is survived by his wife Lois, son Steven(Vicki Romm) and daughters Susan and Carol(Ron Entwisle), grandchildren Julia Radditz, Evan Urman, Erin Odegaard and Andrea Odegaard.

Donations in Marvin’s memory can be made to the Urman Family College Outreach at Congregation Beth Israel or to Oregon Health Sciences University foundation.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020

Time: 02:00 pm

Landau Chapel at Beth Israel Cemetery

Address:

426 SW Taylors Ferry Road
Portland, Oregon 97219
 

Cemetery Information

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020

Time: 02:00 pm

Beth Israel Cemetery

Address:

426 SW Taylors Ferry Rd
Portland, Oregon 97219
 

Interment within the Beth Israel Mausoleum.


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