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Dr. Russell Curtis Goldbaum
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Russell Curtis Goldbaum M.D., 92, veteran, surgeon, author, sailor, gentleman farmer, beloved son, brother, cousin and family man, of Haverhill and Florida, passed away Sunday morning April 30 at Penacook Place Nursing Home, Haverhill.
Born in Bradford, MA on May 13, 1924, son of the late Robert H. and Mary Ann (Oatman) Goldbaum.
Russell attended Haverhill public schools, Tilton Preparatory School, University of New Hampshire, and Washington University of St. Louis where he graduated in 1944. In 1948 Russell graduated from Tufts Medical School. He completed residencies at the Long Island, Boston City and Mount Sinai Hospitals.
In December 1952 Russell married the love of his life, Miriam Joy Kagan of Bronx, New York. Miriam predeceased Russell in 2009.
In December 1942, Russell enlisted in the Army and served domestically in World War II and in the Korean War (1953-1954) as part of the 45th Infantry Thunderbird Division of the Army’s Mobile Army Surgical Hospital under Brigadier General Phillip D Ginder. Russell attained the Rank of Captain and was awarded several military awards: Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Victory Medal and a Bronze Star.
In the Army Dr. Goldbaum witnessed significant strides in the advancement of battlefield injuries and trauma care. He had an opportunity to visit Japan and observe first-hand the world’s fastest surgeon. While in Japan, he procured the highest quality photographic supplies to transport back to Korea to stock his photography club’s darkroom. Russell built and operated a 24/7 darkroom for MASH members to have something artistic to do in their free time. An avid photographer since a teenager, Russell documented the Korean War and passed his love of photography to his daughters.
In 1956 Dr. Goldbaum opened a vascular and general surgery practice in Haverhill and treated patients from the surrounding cities of Lawrence, Amesbury and Newburyport. He loved his work and knew early in life he was destined to be a surgeon. He would “outstudy” his peers, reciting science lessons while sitting in a row boat in the middle of a local pond.
Russell and his siblings Barbara and Richard, enjoyed a lifelong love of boating. Together they purchased a sailboat, the Ruribar, and their families would spend summers sailing the Maine coast. When he wasn’t working, writing, sailing, skiing, or playing tennis in Florida, Russell could be found at home surrounded by family, gardening, planting trees, pickling green tomatoes and working on his property in Haverhill. He loved to invent and build things and was especially interested in heavy machinery. He is the author of 2 books, Captain Red and Bite of the Blue Krait.
Dr. Goldbaum was a longtime member of the American College of Surgeons, and Temple Emanu-El, Haverhill.
His survivors include his brother Richard and wife Evelyn; three children Susan E. Kane and her husband Lee of Haverhill, David R. Goldbaum of Bedford, Elizabeth Mary Goldbaum and her husband Ross Wilson of San Francisco, CA and six grandchildren; Ruby H., Robert E., Noah J Goldbaum, Benjamin I. and Daniel J. Kane, and Russell J. Wilson as well as several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Wednesday morning, May 3, at 11:00 at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Burial with Military Honors will be in Children of Israel Cemetery, Haverhill. Reception will immediately follow at the Haverhill Country Club. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Tufts University School of Medicine, Goldbaum Scholarship Fund, 136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111, To share a memory or for more information please visit

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11:00 AM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home - Haverhill

106 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

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Children of Israel Cemetery

385 Middle Rd.
Haverhill, MA 01830

Memorial Contribution

Tufts University School of Medicine, Goldbaum Scholarship Fund.

136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111

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