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Morton Madoff.

LEXINGTON - Morton A. Madoff, 81, who was born in Clinton, died of pneumonia June 6 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Solomon; two daughters, Judy Boxer and Nancy Lannom; a son, Lawrence Madoff; his brother, Henry Madoff; and six grandchildren. Dr. Madoff was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie, in 2001, his brother, Irving Madoff, and his sister, Sara Belle Annenberg.

Dr. Madoff was born in Clinton, the son of the late Harry and Celia Madoff. He played the sax and clarinet in various orchestras in the area. In 1944, he graduated from Clinton High School and then served in the Navy until 1946. He earned his bachelor's degree in English in 1951 from Tulane University and his medical degree in 1955 from Tulane's School of Medicine. This is where he met and married his first wife, Marjorie.

Dr. Madoff then moved to the Bay State to complete his residency at Tufts Medical Center and Boston Veterans Administration Hospital in 1957. In the mid-1960s, he worked for Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston as an infectious diseases doctor.

In 1972, Dr. Madoff became to director of the Massachusetts State Laboratory Institute, and then earned his master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1973. Among other things, the institute created vaccines against tetanus, typhoid, and whooping cough. At the state laboratory, Dr. Madoff was involved with the first kidney transplant form a cadaver to a living patient, by helping to develop the serum given to suppress organ rejection.

In the late 1970s, Dr. Madoff started working on creating Tufts' response to the creation of Harvard Community Health Plan, and it debuted in 1981. By the end of that year, Tufts Health Plan had 3,000 members.

Dr. Madoff was also known for creating combined degrees, a master's in public health, a medical degree and a master's in business administration, also with a medical degree.

Dr. Madoff later taught at Tufts School of Medicine, and became dean in 1992. He retired as dean in 1995, but continued to teach. Two years later, he stepped down as chairman of the board at Tufts Health Plan.

In addition to his music, he also built furniture for his house, and enjoyed fishing off Cape Cod.

Services were held June 9.
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Date:Aug 28, 2009
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