Leslie S. "Doc" Feldman, a pharmacist who had owned several Howard County drugstores, died of cancer Oct. 31 at his Columbia home. He was 63.
Mr. Feldman was born in McKeesport, Pa., and raised in Duquesne, Pa. He graduated in 1967 from Temple University School of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, after completing a five-year course.
He moved to Maryland, where he worked for several pharmacies before opening Long Reach Village Pharmacy in Columbia in 1974. He owned and operated Feldman's Medical Center Pharmacy and Feldman's Dorsey Hall Pharmacy, both in Columbia, and Feldman's Pharmacy in Ellicott City.
Mr. Feldman stopped working last year because of illness; he had just completed the sale of his drugstores last week.
"That was what he was waiting for," said his wife of 41 years, the former Stefanie Dan.
Mr. Feldman was known for his personal service and would often get up in the middle of the night to fill an emergency prescription.
He was also known for his outgoing personality and willingness to come out from behind the counter to answer medical questions from his customers, many of whom he knew on a first-name basis.
Several years ago, his pharmacy was voted the "Friendliest Retailer" by Columbia Magazine, family members said.
Mr. Feldman was a co-founder of Epic Pharmacies, an association of independent pharmacies, and was a board member for many years. Epic is establishing a student pharmacy scholarship in his name, family members said.
He had been an active member of Temple Isaiah in Fulton since 1975, where he served on the board and had been president. He also sang in the choir, was an active member of the men's club, and had spearheaded fundraising campaigns.
He enjoyed spending time at a vacation home in Hilton Head, S.C., attending Orioles games, traveling and eating in restaurants.
Services were Friday.
Also surviving are two sons, Dr. Leonard S. Feldman of Jessup and Steven D. Feldman of New York City; his parents, Ben and Ruth Feldman of Monroeville, Pa.; a brother, David Feldman of Atlanta; and two grandchildren.