Gayle Goldglantz, 62, a medical practice manager, died Oct. 16 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. She was a resident of Elkins Park.
In the early 1970s, Goldglantz was diagnosed with kidney disease and was told she needed a kidney transplant. Her sister, Michelle Levick, was a compatible match, but had a different blood type.
The doctors at Albert Einstein Medical Center developed a way to transplant her sister's kidney even though the blood types differed. This was the first time this kind of procedure had ever been done.
During her ordeal, Goldglantz and some friends founded Women's League for Kidney Research, which raised money that was donated to Einstein for kidney research.
After she recovered, she became president of that organization for many years.
In addition to her sister, Goldglantz is survived by her husband of 40 years, Harvey Goldglantz.
Memorial contributions can be sent to: the Skin Cancer Program at Penn Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medical Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Please note on check "In Honor of Gayle Goldglantz."