Dr. Marvin Allen Rachelefsky, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away July 24, 2021, at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Marvin was born June 22, 1949, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edith and Louis Rachelefsky. He was a practicing neurologist for over 35 years and a founding partner of Northwest Neurology Associates. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College.
On March 26, 1972, Marvin married his high school sweetheart, Paula (Milner), and together they raised three children in Atlanta. A talented neurologist, he used humor to support patients and in our time of grief, we will remember his truly great, bad jokes. Marvin never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh.
An avid runner, cyclist, hiker, golfer, and scuba diver, Marvin loved the great outdoors and traveled the world with his family, always finding a great adventure on foot, on wheels or underwater. A passionate baseball fan, he was a longtime Atlanta Braves season ticket holder, but always remained faithful to his hometown New York Yankees.
Marvin and his family were members at Temple Sinai since the 1980s. He was deeply committed to his Jewish community and the role of Judaism in his life. He regularly participated in Torah study, synagogue trips and many other events with Temple Sinai.
He leaves a devoted wife Paula (Milner); three children Lance (Gavin Andrews) of Brookline, Mass., Ian of Atlanta, and Sara (Chris Casper) of Cumming, Ga.; and five grandchildren Stellan, Elsa, Jaxton, Sadie and Chloe. He also leaves behind his brother Gary, sister-in-law Gail, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Drive, Sandy Springs, Ga., or Weinstein Hospice, c/o Jewish HomeLife at 3150 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Ga.
A graveside service was held July 27, 2021, at Arlington Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.