OBITUARY

Marvin Sugarman

August 13, 1915November 8, 2010

Dr. Marvin M. Sugarman, 95, an Atlanta native, died peacefully at home on November 8, 2010. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 67 years, Rose Gilner Sugarman. He took great pride and delighted in his relationship with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A graduate of Boys High School in 1933, Marvin was recognized as one of their outstanding alumni in 2003. He attended college at Emory University and then graduated from Atlanta Southern Dental College, which later became the Emory University School of Dentistry. He was a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the scholastic dental fraternity. Marvin opened his private practice of dentistry in 1938 and retired last December, 2009. He completed the American Board of Periodontology in 1950 and limited his practice to periodontics after that. He had an incredible history of service to his patients, dental students, and organized dentistry. He was the founding director of Post-Graduate Periodontics at Emory and taught at the Dental School for 30 years. He served as Consultant to the U.S. Navy Dental Corps at Bethesda Hospital and was Consultant to the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Fort Benning. His leadership positions in organized dentistry included: President of the Georgia Dental Association, the Southern Academy of Periodontology, and the American Academy of Periodontology. He was the recipient of the AAP’s Master Clinician Award and the Gold Medal Award, their highest honors. He lectured nationally and internationally in the field of periodontology. In the 1950’s he developed surgical instruments for the treatment of periodontal disease that still are in use today. His two sons joined him in practice, and they had the mutual pleasure of working together for decades. His patients appreciated his excellent care, sense of humor, and well-told stories. Besides his interest in dentistry, he was an avid golfer, bridge player, life-long learner, and friend. He is survived by his children: Edward and Beth Sugarman, Brenda and David Goldberg, and Richard and Helaine Sugarman; grandchildren: Pam Sugarman and Tom Rosenberg, Susan and David Kirsch, Jeffrey and Shannon Sugarman, Michael and Stacy Goldberg, Jeremy and Amy Goldberg, Jennifer and Boris Rapoport, Sarah Sugarman and Brendan Jordan, Rebecca Sugarman and Greg Brazzle, Marla and Ryan Johnson, and Marty Jacobson; and 13 great-grandchildren who especially enjoyed “Gramps” 95th birthday celebration. He also is survived by special cousins: Rabbi Alvin and Barbara Sugarman; sister-in-law, Minnie Kaliser; and friend, Janice Rothschild Blumberg. Funeral services will be held at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Thursday, the eleventh of November at one o’clock in the afternoon. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A private burial will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jewish Home, Weinstein Hospice, or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel, Atlanta, GA.

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 11, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Ann Douglas

January 30, 2012

January 30,2012
I am quite late in offering my condolences to the family of Marvin Sugarman. I had the great pleasure to work in his practice as a dental hygienist from 1968-1970. He saw me through a new marriage and a first baby. I had just married and moved to Atlanta when I fortunately got my job in the Medicial Arts building. During those years, his family reached out to my family and I will always remember his humor, kindness, wisdom and intelligence. When we moved back to Atlanta after 25 years in 2002, I always meant to contact the practice and see how this dear man was doing. Although I am too late, I still wanted to let the family know how much he meant to me. Ann Douglas

January 26, 2011

To Ed,Richard and family,
I am sorry to hear of the death of your father, one of the legends in Periodontics. I always respected and admired him and he was one of my silent mentors. I am sure his death has saddened the community of his former patients as well as you both and families. God Bless and know our thoughts are with you.
Sally and Gary Maynard Richmond, Va,

January 6, 2011

I am deeply saddened to hear of Marvin's death. He was one of the "greats" in periodontics and will be sorely missed by all who have known him. In addition to his outstanding professional attributes and accomplishments, he was a warm and caring person always willing to help and mentor those in need. My thoughts and prayers are with family members and friends.
~Bob Schallhorn, Aurora, Colorado

seb ciancio

January 6, 2011

Dear Friends:
I just learned of your father's passing
and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was one of Periodontics "Gentlement" and respected by all who interacted with him. It was my pleasure to know him for so many years. He was an inspiration to me both in terms of perio and as well as leadership.

Betty Underwood

November 27, 2010

We suffer a great loss in the passing of Dr. Marvin Sugarman. He was a wonderful dentist for my entire family. We started seeing him when we first came to Atlnta in the late 60's. When my son Lewis was born, he gave me a set of teeth because he knew babies do not have teeth. He also told me to bring Lewis to my appointments when he was a toddler so he would be accustomed to dental appointments. When my daughter Katie had medical problems that were problematic, he offered to refer her to a doctor whom he thought would help her. This is typical of him - he was always so caring and he DID have funny stories to tell. My prayers are with his children and all his extended family and office family. Betty Underwood

Chris Fett

November 20, 2010

I am at a loss for words upon hearing of the passing of Dr. Sugarman. I worked on Mrs. Sugarman's car for many years. Dr. Sugarman always said "I trust you, do what ever it takes to keep my Rose safe." He would follow that with a joke. I always enjoyed that. Such a nice man, he will be missed.

Chris Fett

November 20, 2010

I am at a loss for words upon hearing of the passing of Dr. Sugarman. I worked on Mrs. Sugarman's car for many years. Dr. Sugarman always said "I trust you, do what ever it takes to keep my Rose safe." He would follow that with a joke. I always enjoyed that. Such a nice man, he will be missed.

November 15, 2010


One of the great people to have played golf with at the Standard Club in Atlanta. The great story he told me about having a hole in one on a par 4 when the club was in Decater.Please give my condolences to the whole Sugurman family.
Charles Davis Tucson, Az

November 15, 2010

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Marvin. I am very grateful to him and the entire Sugarman family for their kindness shown to my Mother, Eva Mae, me, Ernestine, and Jeremy. I will forever have fond memories of seeing him at the office with his burst of energy and his endearing smile. Blessings to the Sugarman family during this most grievious time. Vernon Kimbro, Atlanta, Ga.

November 13, 2010

My heart is broken, a truly remarkable man has left us. It was always such a joy to see him and listen to his wonderful stories. My condolences to Richard, Edward and Brenda, to their families and to the extended office family.
Elsie Lawson