Dr. Edward Gosfield Jr., emeritus associate professor of medicine, a longtime cardiologist at Graduate Hospital, died on April 25, 2013, at the age of 94 of complications following surgery.
Born in New York City and raised in Center City, Dr. Gosfield was a 1934 graduate of Central High School.
He attended Penn, receiving his BA with distinction, major honors in philosophy in 1939, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received an MS in education in 1940 and a medical degree in 1944. Dr. Gosfield matriculated in 1947 at the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, completing his training as a resident at Graduate Hospital in 1950.
He served in the Medical Corps of the Army as captain and acting commanding officer at the station hospital at Fort Eustace, Virginia.
He was appointed to the faculty of Penn's Graduate School of Medicine in 1950 and later to the faculty of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Gosfield founded the hypertension clinic at Graduate Hospital in 1957 and was chief of the clinic until 1980, writing numerous medical articles. Dr. Gosfield was designated attending physician to Queen Elizabeth II when she visited the United States in 1976.
He was elected chairman of the medical board in 1975 and again in 1992. Dr. Gosfield served as acting chairman of the department of medicine from 1979 to 1980 and from 1990 to 1992. He went on to serve as associate chairman of Graduate's department of medicine as well as having a solo medical practice for many years.
He was a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and acted as a consultant to Wills Eye Hospital, to the former Community Hospital at 10th and Reed Streets, and to the veterans hospital at Wilmington.
Dr. Gosfield retired from practicing cardiology and internal medicine at age 83 as emeritus associate professor of medicine at the Penn School of Medicine.
Three years later, the leaders of Graduate's cardiology residency program asked him back to instruct residents on managing cases in the cardiac care unit.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a daughter, Alice; two sons, Edward III and Gregory G.; stepchildren Michael White and Stella White Fisher; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and six great-step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the College of
Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 S. 22nd St. Donations may be made to Morris
Animal Refuge, 1242 Lombard St., Philadelphia 19147, or through