Leonard Golombek

Leonard Harry Golombek

March 14, 1924 - February 17, 2021
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    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 | 11:30am
    Sunday, February 21st, 2021 11:30am
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Dr. Leonard Golombek, of Baltimore, MD , passed away on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at the age of 96. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty Golombek (nee Ellin), his children, Linda (Al) Mathuran, Fran (Jack) Brozman, and Steven (Brenda) Golombek, and his grandchildren, Neal (Brenda) Mathuran, Carrie (Adam) Grossman, Todd (Andrea) Brozman, Michael (Niu Niu) Brozman, Daniel Brozman (fiance Missy Brottman), Alissa (Adam) Namm, Melanie (Matthew) Bernstein, and Evan Golombek (fiance Sarah Weiss), and eight great-granchchildren . He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Lillian Golombek.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 11:30 am. Interment Arlington Cemetery - Chizuk Amuno Congregation N. Rogers Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.
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Judy Wilen

Posted at 10:52am
Such a wonderful man -- he was an exemplary person in every way! My parents adored him, and we are grateful for the wonderful care he gave to them. May his memory be a blessing.

Mark Wingrat

Posted at 07:03pm
To Steve and all The Golombeks
Your dad was a one in a billion kind of guy with boundless energy and non stop smiles. My parents LOVED him and I loved seeing their happiness flourish when they all got together. I would say he was an Olympian, not necessarily as an athlete, although very athletic, but as a human being. He walked the a matter of fact he burned his own path walking briskly up and down Stevenson Road for as long as I can remember. When you're young, life can seem forever lasting but soon enough ya realize how quickly it goes. Your dad was an exemplary man in all respects and will always be remembered with ultimate regard

Nancy Sappe Lubman

Posted at 02:54pm
I was a young pharmacist at the Read's in Woodmoore in the early 60's. I remember Dr. Golombek as being one of the nicest physicians that I had the opportunity to meet. He was a well liked dedicated physician whom everyone liked. I always remember him with a smiling face. He shall be missed by all who knew him. Nancy Lubman

Peggy Cullen Matlow

Posted at 06:34pm
Your father was such an upbeat and intelligent man. My father is very saddened by the loss of his old friend and dinner buddy. I just watched the funeral, and all your words were so touching. I love that Leonard kept true to the same three meaningful goals his whole life, and accomplished them so completely. Frannie--I remember some fun times we had together as kids. Your father once sat me down and kept his hand (gently) on my head to prevent me from chasing around your house! My condolences to all the family...

Billy Kahn

Posted at 05:51pm
Leonard was a great friend and neighbor at North Oaks. He was an inspiration. I’m really going to miss him.

ilene c vogelstein

Posted at 03:11pm
Dear Betty, Linda and Fran,
I have fond memories of playing in your house, riding bikes, and being with your family so many years ago. Your father was always kind and welcoming. Please accept my sincerest condolences. May you have wonderful memories and may his memory be a blessing.

Dana Schumer Vizner

Posted at 11:34am
Dear Betty, Linda, Frannie and Steve,
I was so sorry to hear of Leonard's passing. He was like a brother to my father for their long lives of dear friendship together. I have wonderful memories of him throughout my life and through the stories my parents told. I had the privilege of reconnecting in Florida, and can hear Leonard's warm voice in my mind. I'm so sorry for your loss, may his memory be a blessing to you and your families.
Warmest Regards,
Dana Schumer Vizner

Irwin Epstein

Posted at 08:30pm
I am going to miss my dear good friend Leonard. We have know each other practically all of our lives and shared many happy family good times. He was a loyal friend and my personal doctor for many many years. My sincerest condolences to Betty and all of the kids


Marty Waxman

Posted at 08:08pm
Leonard was our first primary care physician after moving to Baltimore over 60 years ago, later a partner in working for the Baltimore Jewish community when I assumed the position of Campaign Director of the Associated Jewish Federation and he was a leader of its Medical Division and its most generous contributor as well as a volunteer solicitor, and more currently a neighbor at North Oaks where he and Betty would have dinner with Estelle and me and others 2 or 3 times a week (pre-Covid-19.) This good man would jump up from his seat every time he saw a diner at other tables looking for a walker after finishing desert. He would quickly find the walker and bring it to her or him. I know Betty will miss him and so will I and numerous others. May his memory be a blessing.

Ruth Gann

Posted at 06:35pm
Leonard was a dear friend to my entire family. How lucky my father was to have enjoyed a lifetime friendship with such a special person. He will be missed by all who were lucky to have had him iin their life.

Leslie B. Papel,Au.D.

Posted at 12:50pm
May your memories bring you comfort at this sad time.

Debby Hellman

Posted at 12:03pm
Leonard was a mensch and a friend like no other to my parents. I will never forget his ready smile and the kindness and never-ending care he showed them. I hope the blessings and many memories you have of this wonderful man will offer strength as you mourn his passing.
Very warmly,
Debby Salganik Hellman (Gordon's daughter)

Gary Attman

Posted at 08:49am
I was so sorry to hear about Leonard’s passing. Leonard was always so kind and he exuded an incredible positive energy every time we met either at Chizuk Amuno or the community at large. It was always so uplifting to run into him. May his memory be for a blessing.
Gary Attman

Carol Friedman, North Oaks

Posted at 08:45am
As a neighbor and friend at North Oaks, I got to know Leonard. He was just a wonderful human being. He was busy all day long helping people. At night he and Betty had two seats together at every movie. He was a master at Bridge, helping novices to learn as well as helping those who knew the game well. I will miss him terribly.

Joyce Paul

Posted at 10:04pm
He meant so much to my family. I starting going to him when I was 12yrs. Old. He always made me and my parents feel like family. He was more than just our doctor to us. May he RIP!

Barbara Stern

Posted at 08:23pm
The Doc was my doctor from when I was a youngster to my early adult years. He was wonderful!! I always liked running into him around town, oh yes he always remembered me. So sorry for the family’s loss. May his soul rest in eternal Paradise.

Margy Resnick Feigelson and Allan Feigelson

Posted at 07:24pm
Allan and I send our deepest condolences to the family. Dr. Golombek had been my family's parents', sister's, aunt's, husband's and mine, from when I was only 7 years old. He was our friend and always so caring and warm, greeting you with a bear hug on each visit. he was a wonderful diagnostician. When my mother was so sick and the specialists thought it might be Malaria...Dr. G knew it was Penicillin poisoning and saved her life. We were so grateful. And it was not even enough that he helped so many medically...he was a mensch, inside and outside. May his memory always be a blessing to all who loved him.

Sharia johnson

Posted at 05:04pm
I wasn’t ready for this Doc, I love you and you will be missed. Great men go to great places and you’ve mad it to your great place in heaven.

Stephen Miller

Posted at 05:02pm
Dear Betty, Fran, Linda, and Steve,

Dr. Golombek meant the world to our family, and we will miss him dearly. He was an incredible friend to my parents, and treated all of us as members of his family. He had the amazing ability to make me feel like I was the only person in the room. He was relentlessly upbeat, kind and brilliant. I could talk to him about anything.
I don't think it is too much to say that he was a true hero to me, my family, my parents, and the incredible group of friends that surrounded him and Betty. He would do anything for anyone who needed a hand. He set an incredible example for all of us.
His inspiration will live on for all of us who were fortunate to be in his circle.


Isobel Kemper

Posted at 04:34pm
Dear Betty, Linda, Frannie, & Steve,
Betty you sang at my wedding in 1948 and we were sorority sisters. Many years passed and both of you
bought an apartment in Florida and years after that Syd and I bought at the same complex. There we saw each other often. I always thought I was special with Leonard until I read all the feelings that Dad had with so many others. I hope to be able to keep in touch with Linda. You have wonderful memories with your families.

Shani Lerner

Posted at 03:58pm
Dear family of Dr. Golombek,
Dr. Golombek was our very own "Marcus Welby" until the day he retired. He was a kind and patient man who made you feel better just by knowing him. To be his patient was to be his friend and confidant and internist and will miss him very much. Shani Land Lerner

Susie Havelock

Posted at 03:46pm
I am so very, very sorry to see that Dr Golombek has passed away. He was my Doctor from when I was 7 years old until he retired, gave us wonderful care and was a friend to my Mom & Dad before taking us on as patients. He and your Mom were actually at my wedding in 1979! There are not enough words to describe my immense sense of loss at his passing. He saw me through many significant events in my life and I’ve never found another dr who could quite live up to his standards. May his memory be a blessing to you all. I know it is to me.

Karen & Sandy Teplitzky

Posted at 03:01pm
Fran and Family, your dad's broad smile, friendliness, kindness, upbeat personality and rib-crushing hugs are unforgettable. What a long and wonderful life he shared with all of you. Deepest sympathy on this tremendous loss.

Alan Garten

Posted at 02:21pm
Dear Steve and Family: Dr. Leonard "Lenny" Golombek was my neighborhood hero doctor. He was a great mentor to all of us. On behalf of the entire Garten family, our deepest sympathies on his passing.

Herta and Arthur Baitch

Posted at 02:14pm
Dear Betty and Family,
We are so deeply saddened to learn of Leonard's passing. He was a remarkable, dedicated, generous and very highly respected member of our medical community. His service in helping Baltimore County General Hospital and later Northwest Hospital flourish should not be forgotten. Please accept our sincerest condolences.


Posted at 01:54pm
Dear Betty,
I was saddened to hear of Leonard's passing. May the beauty and example of his life serve as a source of comfort to you and your family.

Edie & Stan Brown

Posted at 01:14pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time

Faith Schreiber Feingold

Posted at 01:11pm
My sincerest sympathy.

marsha kalisch

Posted at 12:23pm
I remember taking my Grandma, Mrs Schwartz(Rhoda's) mom to see Dr. Golombek on Old Court RD. His receptionist would inquire about her age. We would always laugh. He will be missed.


Nancy Carp

Posted at 11:29am
To the Golombek Family,
Dr Golombek was my family’ s doctor for decades. He was there for every ailment, every emergency and every time we just needed to talk. I will never forget his caring manner and kindness to me and my family through all of our medical concerns. He was the definition of a “True family doctor” and a mensch! I miss that. He never let me leave the office without a reassuring thought. And I loved hearing about your trips around the world. May his memory be for a blessing.

Alan Kanter

Posted at 11:02am
Dear Betty and Family,
I was so sad to learn of Leonard’s passing. He was a gentleman and a generous mensch. He will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May his memory always be a blessing.

Larry And Ellen Schwartz

Posted at 10:17am
Leonard was my doctor for over 30 years. He was the best ! He was also
a life long friend of my father. He was a kind and compassionate human being. My condolences
to the entire Golombek family.

Helen and Ben Bronstein

Posted at 09:54am
The Golombek’s were our neighbors in Greenetree and we’re always the first to lend a hand at our court annual summer picnics and hosted several of them. Leonard never greeted you without a big hug. Such a sweet kind man. May your memories be sustained and be a bl saint.


Posted at 09:50am
We're very sorry to learn of your loss. However, if you'd like to expand your knowledge of family, please get in touch with us to learn of the Golombek/Karpa relationship. Eileen Lesser 410-978-7736, Karen Sugar 410-428-2909
Israel and Numa Karpa returned to Europe to see the rest of the family. Israel returned to America and left Numa and the rest of the family in Europe for one year. When war was imminent (WWI in 1914), Israel wrote Numa telling her to prepare to return to America. The citizenship papers mentioned 5 children, and one female had died in Europe, Numa brought a nephew of hers, Benjamin Golombeck, back to America as one of her children. They settled in York, PA as became a Kosher butcher. After 2 years, they moved to Baltimore and opened a Kosher butcher shop at E. Fayette St near Broadway. In 2 years, they moved the shop to McCulloh St near North Ave. Israel taught Benjamin Golombeck to cut and trim meat, and established him in York PA where he married, had children and continued to operate a Kosher butcher shop and delicatessen until his death.


Barry S. Walters

Posted at 09:39am
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Dr. Golumbek many years ago.
May his memory be for a blessing

Nate and Harriet Miller

Posted at 09:35am
Dear Betty
We are so sorry to hear about Leonard's passing
Although we have not seen you since you moved back to Baltimore we always remembered the times
we had dinner together and loved to hear about the many countries you had visited
We missed Leonard riding his 3 wheel bike around the Polo Club.
He was a true gentlemen and will be missed by you and his loving family
Harriet and I wish you to be well and safe

Jane Baum Rodbell

Posted at 09:33am
Betty: I am saddened to learn of Leonard's passing. He was always so sweet and kind whenever I saw him and always made sure to give and get a hug and kiss from me. It was a joy to have known him. I send my condolences to you.

ilene & Stephen Mackler

Posted at 09:17am
Dear Betty, Frannie, Linda, and Steve,
This morning, Stephen called out to me from the den...oh my Ilene - Lenny Golombek died - such a wonderful man, such a mensch. We were up early as we'd had yahrzeit services this morning for his mother and mine. So we both said kaddish today for Lenny. I have wonderful memories of growing up in the Golombek house, especially through the middle school years. He always made me feel like a favorite. I always received big, warm hugs and kisses whenever I saw shul,, out to dinner, etc.. Stephen and I "re-met" Lenny and Betty as adults as we shared time yearly at the annual Gabelli meeting. Lenny was instrumental in our becoming part of the "Gabelli family." We were always seated at the same table. Stephen and I both were so fond of him and looked forward to seeing him with his beautiful smile every year in New York. You are all so fortunate to have had him in your lives for so long! We hope your memories of him always serve as a blessing and bring smiles to your faces.

Lori Kirr

Posted at 09:00am
Dr. Golombek was my parents Dr. for over 30 years and took excellent care of them. He was always so patient, kind and frank. My family appreciates the care he afforded them for so many years. RIP
Weinberger Family

Marc and Iris Diamand

Posted at 08:47am
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Golombek family. Our family goes way back with you. May he Rest In Peace.

Martha and Stan Weiman

Posted at 07:55am
Our deepest condolences to all. Leonard was a wonderful kind man as well as a loving husband and dedicated physician. May your many fond memories be a blessing.

Betty Prince

Posted at 07:48am
I worked for Dr. Golombek for several years. He was wonderful person, a compassionate doctor, and a friend to all who knew him. My condolences to the entire Golombek family.

Titsa & Manny Bronstein

Posted at 07:39am
Dr. Golombek was the best! He was our doctor for many years. Kind, compassionate and always there for us. We still miss him as our doctor and friend.

Susan Weikers

Posted at 07:29am
My heartfelt condolences to all. Leonard was a dedicated physician and warm friend..May he Rest In Peace and May his memory be for a blessing. May you all be comforted among the mourners of Jerusalem and Israel

Sandy Rose Sacki

Posted at 07:28am
Remembering you from Marnat Road days. The wonderful and caring Dr. Golombek. Betty thank you for sharing him with all of us. He was compassionate beyond words and was there for my parents, Anita and Jack Rose. He set a fine example for all and leaves many wonderful memories . May he rest in peace.
Sandy Rose Sacki

Carol and Robert Keehn

Posted at 09:44pm
We extend our sincere condolences on Leonard’s passing. He was a wonderful person.

Ruth and Neal Grossman

Posted at 09:06pm
Leonard was a wonderful husband, father, granddad, and great-granddad. It was a privilege to be part of his extended family. Family meant everything to him, and he will be greatly missed by everyone. May his memory be a blessing.

Ron Ginsberg, MD

Posted at 08:49pm
I was privileged to work with Leonard as a consultant for many of his patients. He was a wonderful, knowledgeable, empathetic physician. And he was a gentleman and a gentle man. He was a wonderful role model for me. I hope the family has wonderful memories to cherish, as I have.

Ron Ginsberg, MD

Michele Waxman Johnson

Posted at 08:30pm
My deepest condolences to the Golombek family. Dr. Golombek was a wonderful and kind man who I knew as a child as my parents doctor, and we became reacquainted when he and Mrs. Golombek moved to North Oaks. May your memories bring you great comfort.

John Abosch

Posted at 08:22pm
Golombek Family
Leonard was always a very friendly and warm individual. I have not seen him in years but he was a great guy.

Anne King

Posted at 08:08pm
Dear Betty, Linda, Fran and Steve,
I'm so sorry to hear about Leonard's passing. He hired me right out of Medix school as his medical assistant in 1970. He was a wonderful, caring doctor and I have such fond memories of those years at Woodmoor. I would get him a sticky bun and diet coke from Sid Mandel's everyday at the end of the day before he went to see his patients at the hospital. It was a pleasure to work with him. Years later we would catch up walking around Greenetree or at Chizuk Amuno. Always a gentleman. I hope you also have wonderful memories that you will hold in your hearts and be a source of comfort in these difficult days.

Harriet Cooper

Posted at 05:29pm
I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Golumbek. I was a patient of his many years ago and so adored him. One of the best doctor's ever and so very kind.

Phyllis Ely

Posted at 05:08pm
I am so very sorry to learn of the passing of Leonard. He was a wonderfully kind and thoughtful man. One who cared greatly about his patients..I will miss that sweet doctor.


Jeffrey Platt

Posted at 05:02pm
Steve. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He brings so many fond memories to me when we were growing up. Such a fine and passionate gentleman. He will be missed. May his memory be a blessing to your entire family. Thinking of you.
Jeff and Pamela Platt

Rona & Ed Casel

Posted at 04:46pm
Dear Betty & Golombek Family,
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of our beloved friend, Leonard! He was probably the nicest man we ever had the pleasure to know! Leonard certainly will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time!

North Oaks

Posted at 04:23pm
On behalf of the North Oaks community, we extend our sincerest condolences on the passing of our resident, Leonard Golombek. Our sympathies are extended to the entire family. He will be missed by all the residents and staff and remembered fondly.

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