With aching-hearts, we share that Michael Chalfin, 55, of
Newton, MA, succumbed to cancer on July 2nd, 2020. He was
deeply loved and cherished by his wife Sharon Jacobs, children
Sophie & Max Chalfin-Jacobs, mother Phyllis & late father
Lawrence Chalfin, sisters Susan Chalfin & Tanya Berman and
dear friends whom he embraced as family.
Michael’s family was the center of his universe and he of theirs.
Together they laughed, sang, danced, and explored. Michael
possessed a playful wit, gentle spirit, quiet brilliance, and
equanimous demeanor. He relished morning bike rides, birding
with Max, blaring music and grooving with Sophie & Max, and
spending time with friends and family.
Michael grew up in New York City. He graduated from
Middlebury College cum laude in 1988 and from Brown Medical
School with Distinction in 1994. He completed his residency in
Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital where he then dedicated
himself to caring for under-served, at-risk and traumatized
patients for the next 21 years. He served a vital role in the
Psychiatry Department as Director of Psychopharmacology. He
was an Assistant Professor at Harvard University where he
derived immense satisfaction from teaching.
He was a gift to all whose lives he graced and will be profoundly
In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCommons.org or the
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund would be greatly
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