Dr. David "Danny" Rosenfeld, an advocate in the field of breast mammography, died Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the age of 80.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, in August 1921, Rosenfeld moved to Los Angeles in 1944 to complete his medical studies at USC. In 1951, he became the first radiologist, and the 15th physician, hired by Kaiser-Permanente in Southern California. He became chief of radiology at Kaiser Sunset in 1960, a position he held for 13 years. Rosenfeld, who was an assistant professor at the USC School of Medicine, played an instrumental role in the development of the Breast Center at Kaiser-Woodland Hills, which became a model for similar breast clinics around the country.
Rosenfeld loved fishing and good conversation. He will be remembered for his fine mind, engaging spirit and hilarious wit. A compassionate skeptic and humanist, he left an optimistic smile with many who were fortunate to know him. For 40 years, he was an active member of Valley Beth Shalom synagogue.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty; sons, Sherman, Mike, Seth and Keva; daughter, Rachel; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Condolences can be sent to Betty Rosenfeld c/o Creative Design, 2245 First St., Simi Valley, CA, 90365. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name can be sent to the national Breast Cancer Foundation, One Hanover Park, 16633 N. Dallas Parkway, '600, Addison TX, 75001.