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Marion Goltz (July 31, 1922 – August 15, 2015)
The American Hearing Research Foundation would like to thank the family of the late Marion (Boom) E. Goltz, a longtime resident of Redwood City, CA, who passed away this past August 2015, for sharing her story with us. Marion was 92 years old. Foundation staff had the pleasure of communicating with her niece, Jackie Ann Patterson, the executor of her aunt’s estate. The Foundation was a beneficiary listed in Marion’s will.
Marion suffered from Meniere’s disease since the 1970s. She sought treatment and wound up having her inner ear removed from one side. Still she continued to experience dizziness throughout her life. She was of the opinion that the medical profession didn’t understand her issues very well and didn’t really know how to help her. She was motivated to leave part of her wealth to research so that others wouldn’t have to suffer the way she did. Marion asked me to help her find out who was doing meaningful research into Meniere’s disease. We found the American Hearing Research Foundation online. We were impressed by the quality of research as we read through the list of grants they had made. She believed that the Foundation had the expertise to direct her funds to the most promising areas of research in a field where she didn’t have current, technical information. Marion was pleased that someone was still trying to help people with Meniere’s disease. In her final weeks, she expressed her hope that researchers would use the funds she left to American Hearing Research Foundation to make progress against this condition. It brought my aunt peace that her passing had the potential to help others in a way that she most fervently wished she could have been helped in her life.