Danville resident Donald Sussman died Oct. 2 at the age of 71.
He was born in Berkeley to Berta and Joe Sussman on Feb. 28, 1936. He graduated from Berkeley High in 1954 and was an active member of the reunion committee. He graduated from Idaho State University School of Pharmacy and went to work in Berkeley at Foley's Drug Co. He was the pharmacist/owner of MD Pharmacy on Piedmont Avenue for 10 years, and then went on to Long's Pharmacy in his semi-retirement.
He enjoyed working on his golf game, and was an avid reader of histories and biographies. He was a clothes horse who stayed true to his George Good roots, and a lover of music with stacks of jazz and blues on vinyl, although his grandkids introduced him to the iPod. He found his green thumb in his later years.
He was the best friend and loving husband of Joan Sussman for 44 years; he is also survived by his children Julie and Joseph and their spouses; and five grandchildren. He was the younger brother of Sheldon Sussman.
A memorial service was held Oct. 8 at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. Donations can be made to Children's Hospital Oakland New Facilities Fund, 2201 Broadway, Suite 600, Oakland 94612.