Bertram Feingold ’64
Bert Feingold has cared for people his entire career, first as an orthopedic surgeon, and now through his volunteer efforts for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for which he serves on the Board of Governors. He has been involved with this organization since 1975. Bert obtained his B.S. in biology from Trinity in 1964. While at Trinity, Bert was a member of the Student Government, a member of the Hillel Society, and a student advisor. He then entered the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York and received his M.D. in 1968. Next he began a surgical residency program at the University of Rochester, but this was interrupted in 1970 by a two year service commitment as a Captain in the USAF at Vandenberg AFB, California. He received the Air Force Commendation Award for his work during that time. Following his Air Force service, he returned to the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 1972 and began an orthopedic surgery residency program for three more years. Bert, his wife Betty, and his two children then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1975 to begin his practice of orthopedic surgery and raise his family.
He had a very busy and successful orthopedic practice for 33 years before retiring in 2008. During these years, he devoted much of his time to public service. He served on numerous hospital committees at several hospitals in his community and was elected president of the medical staff at Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital from 1982 to 1983. Bert was also elected to the Phoenix Zoo Board of Directors for nine years and continues to serve on the Zoo Conservation Committee. He has been on the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale for 38 years.
During his years in Scottsdale, Bert has received several community service awards. He was awarded the Francis Young Community Hero Award in 2000. Then the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS) awarded him the Jim Hill Award for “Extraordinary Commitment to Youth” in 2009. Bert and Betty received the 2013 Spirit of Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their support of the BGCGS.
Bert and Betty, who majored in zoology at the University of Connecticut, have always enjoyed nature and shared their interest with their children and grandchildren. Their Scottsdale property is landscaped with local desert plants and a series of water lily ponds which attract native wildlife such as coyotes, javelina, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, bobcat, hawks, owls, great blue herons, and many migratory birds. This provides many pleasurable hours for studying animal behavior.
In his retirement, Bert continues his medical interests by doing volunteer physical exams and still serves on some hospital committees. He has stayed involved with his alma mater, having served on his Class’ 50th Reunion Committee.