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Dr. Golda Nobel, 107, Psychiatrist, Medical Pioneer

January 29, 2014
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Golda R. Nobel, 107, who earned her medical degree 83 years ago froom the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, died Jan 20. 

Nobel grew up in Uniontown and Pittsburgh, Pa., and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1928.

After her internship at Northern Liberties Hospital from 1931 to 1932, she married Dr. Bernard Judovich. Their joint general practice became increasingly specialized.

In 1956, following the death of her husband, Nobel grew interested in the psychological origin of pain and for 10 years engaged as a pioneer in the practice of psychosomatic medicine. 

She was a member of the neurology staff of Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia and chief of the hospital’s Pain Clinic from 1956 to 1966. In 1961, she participated in the White House Conference on Aging and co-authored its report.

In July 1966, she entered a psychiatric residency at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. Her training continued at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. Upon completion of her residency in July 1969, she returned to Philadelphia, where she established a private psychiatric practice.

Nobel was president of the Alumni Association of Women's Medical College and served on the board of trustees of ECRI, a nonprofit health services research agency which she helped to establish, for four decades.

Nobel is survived by a daughter, Jane Nobel Maxwell; two sons, Joel and Robert; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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