Arnoldo led a life defined by love for family, commitment to helping others, adherence to a high moral standard, adventure and courage. Born in the province of Entre Rios in Argentina, Arnoldo grew up with a large and close family and a tight group of friends, with whom he remained close throughout his life, in the Jewish neighborhood of Villa Crespo in Buenos Aires.
Upon graduation from medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, he married his college sweetheart, Rosa Lia “Rosi” Ludner, and together they began a life filled with more love, fun, fulfillment and adventure than they could have possibly imagined. Their honeymoon was a cruise to America where Arnoldo continued his medical training.
After the completion of a cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 1967, Arnoldo and Rosi moved to Atlanta where Arnoldo founded the Atlanta Cardiology Group, which became the largest private cardiology practice in Georgia, and established the department of cardiac services at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta. He served as the director of both his practice and the department until his retirement in 1994.
Among his many achievements, Arnoldo was a published researcher and the first in the Southeast to perform coronary arteriography as well as coronary angioplasty. Arnoldo was known for his devotion to family, great sense of humor, and his love of music – as well as a commitment to America, the Jewish community, and Israel.
He was an excellent pianist with an extraordinary knowledge of classical and Argentine folklore music. He was an avid reader of nonfiction books and scientific journals, following the news by reading several newspapers every day. For over 40 years, Arnoldo and Rosi had season tickets to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he served on the board of directors. They were members of Ahavath Achim Synagogue and founders of Congregation Or Hadash.
Arnoldo was a fundraiser for the Jewish Federation and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He donated cardiology equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in Argentina, built homes for the underprivileged in his hometown of Rosario del Tala, and supported the Jewish community in Argentina, particularly after it suffered a devastating economic crisis in 2001, through Fundacion Tzedakah and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA).
He also volunteered his time as a Clinical Associate Professor of Cardiology at Emory University to train cardiology fellows and donated his medical services at work to treat all patients who could not pay.
As an immigrant, he loved and appreciated America and felt it was a privilege to participate in and contribute to its civic life. Arnoldo also felt a very passionate connection to Israel, which he supported consistently over the years, particularly during times of emergency.
Arnoldo was a devoted and loving son, husband and father and a wonderful person who will forever be in our memory. It was an honor to know him and be loved by him.
He is predeceased by his parents, Paulina and Aron Fiedotin, of blessed memory. He is survived by his wife of 52 years and eternal bride, Rosi; his three children, Diana, Richard and Norma; two grandchildren, Joseph and Jake; brother and sister-in-law, Jorge Fiedotin and Cristina Cravero from Argentina, and sister and brother-in-law, Beatriz and Asher Harel, from Israel. May his memory be a blessing.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbis Analia Bortz, Mario Karpuj and Neil Sandler officiating. Please, sign our online guest book at www.jewishfuneralcare.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish National Fund and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee – Argentina. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999