KNOXVILLE – The Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation recently received a generous donation in the amount of $44,850 from the estate of Dr. Elmer V. Feldman.

“We are delighted to accept this donation that Dr. Feldman gifted to our Foundation,” said Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation Director Katrina Nelson. “We will use these funds to purchase equipment for our surgical department that will increase the visualization for our surgeons and decrease the amount of time a patient is in surgery. In addition, the equipment will provide more capabilities for our surgical staff to standardize procedures, decrease the turn-around time, and improve the workflow.”

Born in 1924 in George, IA, Feldman lived a life full of volunteering. He passed away in 2014, and is survived by his two daughters, Laura and Lynn, step-daughter, Karen, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His wives, Betty and Mary, predeceased him.

After attending Aircraft Mechanics School in Omaha, Neb., Feldman traveled to California and worked at North American Aviation plant until joining the Army Air Corps as a cadet in 1943. He was honorably discharged in 1945. In 1951, he enrolled at the University of Iowa and graduated in 1955 after completing coursework for pre-dental and dental school. In 1955, he and his family moved to Knoxville where he established his dental practice. He practiced dentistry for 29 years until his retirement in 1984.

As a lifelong volunteer in the Knoxville community, Feldman served as a director on the Marion County Savings and Loan Board, was a lifetime Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club, was President of the Knoxville Dental Society, served on the Board of Trustees of the Knoxville Public Library, President of Marion County Hospice, and served as a commissioner on the Airport and City Economic Commissions. In 1990, he received the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Most Outstanding Citizen of the Year award.

“My father believed that a community is only as strong as the people who live there. He was a humble man who practiced that belief by giving his time and talents to his church, his practice and the people in Knoxville. He never asked ‘why’, he only asked ‘how’,” said Feldman’s daughter, Laura Feldman.

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality healthcare with compassion.  For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.