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Dr. Marc T. Platt
September 25, 2023
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Dr. Marc Theodore Platt, a longtime resident of Greenfield, passed away on September 25, 2023.
Born in the Bronx in 1947 to Jewish immigrants from Poland, Marc grew up in New Rochelle, NY. A brilliant student, he attended Columbia University and George Washington University Medical School. On a vacation in the Caribbean in 1979, he met Susan, a special needs school teacher from Ontario. He loved Susan deeply. They married the next year and three children soon followed.
In 1991, the family moved to Greenfield, where Marc took a position as a cardiologist at Franklin Medical Center. He soon gained prominence, and was warmly greeted around town as Dr. Platt. Marc and Susan’s big red house on George Street was filled with the art and books he collected, and welcomed family and friends, who felt at home as soon as they pulled into the driveway and were greeted by Tobey, the family dog. Marc loved to ski, play classical guitar, and travel with his family. He was an ardent Zionist, a dedicated board member of Temple Israel, and a friend to local immigrant communities.
Marc was a devoted son, father, uncle, and grandfather. He encouraged his children to pursue their passions, and would end conversations with them, even late in his life, with the question “Is there anything you need?” He was a fierce intellectual who, despite an extensive book collection comprising lengthy novels and Talmudic tomes, also enjoyed Spider-Man comics. Marc had a soft spot for junk food – he preferred his chocolate chip cookies burnt to a crisp – and was always happy to sit and schmooze at a diner.
After Susan’s death, Marc relocated to Lawrence, Kansas to be close to his son Alex and his family. He is survived by his sister Laura, children Josh, Alex, and Emily, daughter-in-law Sharon and son-in-law Will, and grandchildren Arlo (7), Levi (4), Ira (3), and Marigold (1).
Funeral services in celebration of Marc’s life will be observed on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 10:00AM from Temple Israel, 27 Pierce Street, Greenfield, MA. Rites of Committal will take place at the Temple Israel Cemetery, Log Plain Road East, Greenfield, MA with Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiner to officiate.
Those who would like to commemorate Marc are encouraged to do so by donating to the Southern Poverty Law Center at www.splcenter.org/support-us or to the American Civil Liberties Union at www.ACLU.org.