Dr. David Alexander Drachman Age 84, of Concord, on Monday, December 5, 2016. For 57 years, beloved husband of Eleanor Derby Drachman. Loving father of Laura Drachman & her husband Sergio Troncoso, Jessica Blaustein & her husband Marc, and Douglas Drachman & his wife Erica Mayer. Cherished grandfather of Aaron and Isaac Troncoso, Anna and Benjamin Blaustein, and James and Kate Drachman. Dear brother of identical twin Daniel Drachman & his wife Jephta and Richard Drachman & his wife Elizabeth. Fond uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Dr. Drachman was known for his contributions to the understanding of Alzheimer's disease and for his encyclopedic knowledge of neurology. He led pioneering work to define the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. In 1977, Dr. Drachman founded the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts. He served as its Chair for 26 years, and during his tenure built an outstanding department. He was an enormously prolific academic physician, and his published work was the most frequently cited of any physician at the University of Massachusetts. During his distinguished career, he served as president of the American Neurological Association and won numerous awards, including an award personally bestowed by President Ronald Reagan for distinction in Alzheimer's Research, and the 2016 University of Massachusetts Chancellor's Medal for distinguished clinical excellence. Dr. Drachman and his twin brother, Dr. Daniel Drachman, have been prominent members of the Neuroscience community since its inception. During the last two years of his life, he developed a revolutionary strategy for treating Alzheimer's Disease, which is in the final phase of development.