Marilyn Hall. Photo courtesy of the Hall family.

Marilyn Hall, actress, writer, producer, philanthropist and wife of Monty Hall, dies at 90

Marilyn Hall, an actress, writer, producer, philanthropist and wife of producer and game show host Monty Hall, died June 5 at age 90.

Hall was born Marilyn Plottel on May 17, 1927, in Winnipeg, Canada. She began her career as a writer and radio ingénue for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., writing radio dramas, as well. Hall also taught writing focused on children’s programming at Queen’s University at Kingston in Ontario.

After moving to New York with her husband, she became a published songwriter. Her song “Is It Possible That I’ve Been Gone So Long,” co-written with Helen Bilby, was recorded by famed cabaret singer Hildegarde.

Hall supported Brandeis University, the United Jewish Welfare Fund and Tel Aviv University, for which she made several documentary films. In 1972, she won an award for best documentary campaign film for “A Fragile Sleep.” Hall volunteered to write for several charities and developed programs for the Julia Ann Singer Child Care Center, Guardians of Courage, Israel Bonds, Tel Aviv University, the Jewish Home for the Aging, and particularly for Variety Clubs International, where she served as a board member while also writing and producing its International Humanitarian Award event.

Her television writing credits included “Love, American Style” and the ABC special “Lights, Camera, Monty.”

She was the executive producer of the four-part miniseries for PBS/NHK titled “The Ginger Tree”(1989), written by Christopher Hampton; associate producer of the Emmy-winning TV movie “A Woman Called Golda,” starring Ingrid Bergman and Leonard Nimoy (1982); co-executive producer of “Do You Remember Love?” an Emmy-winning TV movie starring Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley; and associate producer of “Nadia,” a TV movie about Olympic gymnastics champion Nadia Comaneci (1984). She executive produced the 2007 feature film “The Little Traitor,” starring Alfred Molina, based on the novel “Panther in the Basement” by Amos Oz.

Hall co-wrote “The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook,” and her book reviews appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s of fine arts from UCLA, at age 50.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Monty; children Joanna Gleason (Chris Sarandon), Richard Hall and Sharon Hall (Todd Ellis Kessler); five grandchildren; and sister Peggy Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the Los Angeles Jewish Home ( or Variety Clubs International, a children’s charity.




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Curt Lowens, Holocaust survivor, actor, 91

Curt Lowens. Photo by David Miller

In the final days of his life, Curt Lowens, Sharon Farber and I sang a song that Curt recalled often during his hospital stay. His voice became a soft melodic whisper, sharing a fragment of a song that held the three of us close to heart. From the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” he sang gently :

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark….walk on, walk on….”

Now, more than a week since Curt’s passing on May 8 at age 91, these words remind me of the strength and courage with which he lived his life and faced its ending. 

Born in what is now Olsztyn, Poland, in 1925 as Kurt Loewenstein, he was an actor, Holocaust survivor, hero, resistance man on the ground when only a boy, British officer, son, husband, brother, uncle, friend, artist, and man of culture and the arts. 

I met Curt in late 2011 at the start of  The Righteous Conversations Project, which connects teens and young adults to Holocaust survivors through oral histories that inspire collaborative art projects, photography and filmmaking. Marie Kaufman, then-president of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust, made the shidduch, saying he was a special person with an adventurous spirit who would contribute to our nascent venture. It was our hope to build community between the rising generation of young women and men and our elders who had survived the Shoah and had so much to teach.

Curt was open from the start and participated in our filmmaking programs with a zest that grew from his lifetime in film, television and theater. He was beloved by his teachers and students, and he brought a wry wit, grace and elegance to every interaction.

He eschewed modern technology in favor of conversation and engagement, sharing his stories of a childhood in Germany interrupted by the Nazi reign, the serendipity that led him to hiding, his efforts with three resistance workers tending more than 100 children in hiding across the Netherlands, and his saving two American servicemen whose plane was shot down.

Curt was beloved in the community of organizations dedicated to preserving Holocaust memory and he contributed to all of them, with a special connection to the Rodgers Center at Chapman University, to which he entrusted  precious artifacts of his history. His voice and presence animated the work at the USC Shoah Foundation, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Remember Us, the Righteous Conversations Project and Yad Vashem. The history he shared stands as a testament to a life of sacrifice, risk, ingenuity and, above all, moral clarity.

But it was his life in the arts that captured his heart, the life he chose after he left business school, much to his father’s chagrin. As a student in New York City, Curt met his wife, actress Katherine Guilford, and they spent almost 50 years together until her death last December.

He made his acting debut in 1951, in a Broadway performance of “Stalag 17,” in which he played a Nazi guard. In the 1963 Broadway version of “The Deputy,” he played Dr. Josef Mengele. He has 125 movie and television acting credits, according to IMDb.

Curt was a graceful man who lived modestly and with dignity in an apartment that evoked the contours of a cultured European life. He is survived by his older brother Henry, as well as an extended family of nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service will be held in early June in accordance with Curt’s wishes. A public memorial service is being planned under the direction of Sharon Farber. The family is requesting donations in his memory be sent to Remember Us, 1112 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, Calif., 90403. 

SAMARA HUTMAN is co-founder and director of The Righteous Conversations Project.

Trish Vradenburg, TV writer who put spotlight on Alzheimer’s, 70

Trish Vradenburg. Photo courtesy of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Trish Vradenburg. Photo courtesy of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Trish Vradenburg, a television writer and advocate to end Alzheimer’s disease, died on April 17. She was 70.

A spokesperson for the family declined to disclose the cause of death, but in a phone interview, her husband, George, chairman and founding board member of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, described his wife’s death as “sudden.”

Vradenburg and her husband co-founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, which aims to increase funding for Alzheimer’s research and discover a cure by 2020 for the progressive disease, a type of dementia, after her mother, Bea Lerner, died of Alzheimer’s in 1992. Vradenburg wrote a semi-autobiographical play about her mother, “Surviving Grace,” about a sitcom writer and her mom battling Alzheimer’s together.

Vradenburg was born Patricia Ann Lerner on May 9, 1946, in Newark, N.J. She began her career as a speechwriter in the U.S. Senate after graduating from Boston University, where she studied political science, in 1986. She was a television writer for “Designing Women,” “Family Ties” and “Kate & Allie”; published the novel “Liberated Lady”; and wrote for the New York Daily News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Ladies’ Home Journal and Woman’s Day.

Judaism was important to Vradenburg, though she was a secular Jew. “She identified deeply with being Jewish and [I] converted to Judaism because she felt so deeply about her religion,” George, a former AOL executive, said. “I found this great depth in this community and purposefulness in the community.”

The couple resided in Washington, D.C., at the time of her death. They lived in Los Angeles and moved to Washington after George was offered a job with AOL. The two were married for 48 years at the time of Vradenburg’s death.

“A piece of light in the universe has gone out,” George said. “There is a brightness that will be dimmed.”

Her survivors include her husband, George; daughter Alissa Vradenburg and son-in-law Michael Sheresky; son Tyler Vradenburg and daughter-in-law Jeannine Cacioppe Vradenburg; brother Rabbi Michael Lerner and sister-in-law Cat Zavis; and four grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held April 20 in Los Angeles at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary. Lerner and Temple Israel of Hollywood Rabbi John Rosove led the service. A public memorial service in Washington is scheduled for May 9.

Obituaries, March 10-March 23

Daniel Aflalo died March 10 at 73. Survived by wife Nivia; daughter Sabrina (Juan Morales); sisters Paulette Green, Alyse (Jay) Roen; brothers Sidney (Marcel), Gabriel (Chantal); sister-in-law Nelda (Sheldon) Arak. Mount Sinai

Doris Frackman died March 23 at 97. Survived by daughter Susan (Janis Eells); son Russell (Myrna Morganstern); 3 grandchildren; brother Irving Wasserberg. Pacific View

Patricia Haley died March 23 at 75. Survived by daughter Barbara Hibbits; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Beverly June Rubin died March 18 at 87. Survived by husband Saul; sons Michael, Donn; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ida Selko died March 20 at 106. Survived by 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Vallens died March 22 at 92. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Nita, Terry (Dave) Norton, Melinda; son Michael; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Ida Mays; brother David (Harriet). Mount Sinai

Arline Zuckerman died March 15 at 76. Survived by brother Ira (Marion) Rosenberg. Mount Sinai 

Adam Krief with his wife, Lia Mantel Krief. Photo courtesy of Hope4Adam/Facebook.

Adam Krief, whose battle with cancer united community and attracted celebrities, dies at 32

Adam Krief, the cancer-stricken Jewish man from West Los Angeles whose search for a bone marrow transplant rallied the community and gained the notice of international celebrities, died on March 14. He was 32.

Donor drives to find a match for the father of three young children were held all over the United States and in France, Israel and Mexico. Several matches resulted and Krief underwent a bone marrow transplant in December. But in a tragic turn of events, his body rejected the transplant and his condition deteriorated quickly, according to Jeremy Braun, a family friend.

Braun, who went to college with Krief’s wife, Lia, said he grew much closer to Adam over the last year. He said that even in his dying days, Adam was focused on the impact his story could have on others.

“He said that Hashem gave him this to save other people’s lives,” Braun said. “That was consistent throughout. He never wanted people to be in the [national bone marrow] registry just of his sake. The drives organized for him have found matches for at least 13 others and has saved lives.”

Last summer, Krief began chemotherapy to treat a rare form of blood cancer called primary myelofibrosis. To save his life, he needed a bone marrow transplant but there wasn’t a single match in the national bone marrow registry’s 13-million person database.

A “Hope4Adam” Instagram account and Facebook page with more than 13,000 “likes” documenting his story got the word out. “Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik and reality television star Kim Kardashian West were among those who helped publicize a search for a matching donor, encouraging people on their social media accounts to join the registry and become donors.

Braun, his wife Michal and other community members rallied behind the Krief family as well. Many relatives, friends and neighbors signed up to become bone marrow donors and created a “hot meal train,” signing up and taking shifts to deliver food to the Krief household. Late night prayer sessions were arranged at the Krief’s Fairfax-area synagogue, Baba Sale Congregation.

Bikur Cholim, a Jewish medical charity organization, provided platelet donors for Adam when his hospital ran low. Platelets are tiny cells in blood that form clots and stop bleeding, and they’re often critical to fighting cancer.

People dropped by the hospital to visit Adam to play guitar and sing Havdalah songs after Shabbat. Jews from around the globe captivated by Adam’s story flooded the Kriefs with pictures, prayers and videos with words of encouragement.

“It’s been really special and takes away from feelings of isolation and aloneness,” Adam’s wife Lia said for a December story in the Journal. She also called those who helped out in any way her family’s “vigilantes” and “knights in shining armor.”

Braun said he told Adam how much his courage has meant to the community when he visited the hospital on Sunday to say goodbye to his friend.

“I told him, on behalf of entire world, I want to say thank you for inspiring us and making us better people,” he said. “Thank you for making us do good for other people. Thank you for changing the world. I told him you have my commitment that this isn’t over. We’ll continue to do blood drives for people who need it.”

Braun said so far donor drives held on behalf of Adam — an avid basketball fan, skateboarder and snowboarder—have resulted in more than 60,000 new bone marrow donors to the national registry.

“He was this young, vibrant guy and his life was turned around and taken from him in one quick year,” he said.

Krief is survived by his wife, Lia, and their three children, Lev, Joel and Luca. Services were scheduled to be held March 15.

Harriet Rochlin, noted historian, 92

rochelinHarriet Rochlin, a noted writer and historian sometimes called the “Mother of Western Jewish History,” died Feb. 6 at her home in Westwood. She was 92.

The youngest of three children, she was born Nov. 4, 1924, and raised in the diverse East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. During the first 20 years of her life, she was immersed in its foods, languages and multicultural social character.

Without a scholarship or financial assistance from her parents, she left home at age 20 and put herself through college at UC Berkeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies. It was there she met Fred Rochlin, her future husband.

Between raising their four children, Harriet Rochlin began a career as a journalist and novelist. She spoke four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English and Yiddish.

In the early 1960s, inspired by the emerging ethnic history movement, she delved into her past as a woman, Jew and Westerner. Her pursuit soon launched a quest for Jewish roots in the Spanish, Mexican and American West, and ultimately resulted in “Pioneer Jews: A New Life in the Far West,” a landmark social history co-authored with Fred, first published in 1984, reprinted more than a dozen times and frequently used as source material, notably by David Milch in creating his HBO series “Deadwood.”

Rochlin next wrote the fictional “Desert Dwellers Trilogy”: “The Reformer’s Apprentice: A Novel of Old San Francisco,” “The First Lady of Dos Cacahuates” and “On Her Way Home.”

She also amassed two Western Jewish collections — one historical, the other photographic — both now housed at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library.

She then instituted the first comprehensive guide to Western Jewish historical societies, museums and archives, The Rochlin Guide, which can be found online at She was 90 when she completed her final book, “A Mixed Chorus: Jewish Women in the American West, 1849 to 1924.”

Rochlin is survived by daughters Judith (Mitch Fink), Davida (Fred Marcus) and Margy Rochlin (Robert Abele); son Michael J. Rochlin; three grandchildren; and sister Charlotte Ginne.

She was predeceased by husband Fred in 2002. They were married for 55 years.

Donations in Harriet’s memory can be made to the Harriet Rochlin Memorial Education Scholarship at The annual scholarship will benefit a graduating senior from her alma mater, Roosevelt High School.

Judge Joseph A. Wapner, former host of the television series "The People's Court" poses with Graumans Chinese theater in background before ceremonies unveiling his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nov. 12, 2009. Photo by Fred Prouser/REUTERS.

‘People’s Court’ star Judge Joseph Wapner, 97

Joseph Albert Wapner, star of “The People’s Court” and the man who many would judge to be television’s first reality star, died Feb. 26 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 97.

His son David told The Associated Press that the retired Los Angeles judge died in his sleep after being hospitalized a week earlier with breathing problems and that he had been under hospice care at home.

Wapner was born in Los Angeles in 1919 into an Orthodox family, the son of immigrants from Eastern Europe; graduated from Hollywood High School (where he dated future movie star Lana Turner) in 1937; and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from USC in 1941.

During World War II, he served in the Army in the Pacific theater and was wounded by sniper fire in the Philippines. He later received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

In 1948, he earned a law degree from USC and during a break in his studies, met petite Mickey Nebenzahl, a Texas native, on a blind date. Abandoning his usual sober deliberations, Wapner became engaged and married Mickey within two months of their first meeting.

Professionally, he went on to private practice until being appointed by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown as an L.A. municipal court judge in 1959. In 1961, he was selected to preside over the Superior Court system. He served for 18 years and retired in 1979.

Among the Jewish causes closest to the hearts of Joe and Mickey Wapner was the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) in Simi Valley. The couple was among the institute’s founding members and made a large donation to renovate and expand its library.

In 1992, Wapner was elected as BBI’s president and in 2007 initiated its merger with the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University). His involvement with BBI could be found in his childhood roots, or, as he put it, “Since I was a little kid, Judaism has meant a great deal to me and I am very proud to be a Jew.”

Colleagues who knew Wapner as judge and fellow officers at BBI used almost identical words to describe the character of the man: judicious, steady, fair, penetrating, principled, humane. Also, when the occasion warranted it, tough, demanding, a mite testy in the face of bootless arguments and, at times, intimidating. These characteristics carried over into his tennis game, in which he was a ranked senior player.

One of his most famous cases took place during his final year on the bench, when he presided over the divorce trial of Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings and other sports franchises, and Cooke’s first wife, Jeannie Carnegie. The $49 million settlement set a world record.

Wapner didn’t settle into a leisurely retirement. In 1981, according to The New York Times, television producer Ralph Edwards (of “This Is Your Life” and “Truth or Consequences” fame) approached him to wield the gavel on a new show inspired by “Divorce Court” but involving real-life litigants and actual cases. This he did until 1993, handing down small claims rulings on 2,484 cases involving issues as varied as female oil wrestlers who didn’t follow the rules to siding with a defendant who refused to pay a reward offered for return of her dog when the missing pet’s remains were delivered.

“Everything on the show is real,” Wapner said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1986. “There’s no script, no rehearsal, no retakes. Everything from beginning to end is like a real courtroom, and I personally consider each case as a trial.”

He was memorialized in the 1988 film “Rain Man” by Dustin Hoffman’s character counting down the “minutes to Wapner” to ensure that Tom Cruise’s character would get him to a TV in time to watch the show. He wrote a popular memoir filled with anecdotes, titled “A View From the Bench,” that was published in 1987. And in 2009, Wapner even got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The true measure of his popularity was probably best captured in a 1989 poll by The Washington Post that found two-thirds of people surveyed could not name any of the nine justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, but 54 percent knew that Wapner was the man in charge on “The People’s Court.”

In addition to his son David, Wapner is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mickey; another son, Frederick, a judge on the L.A. Superior Court; two daughters-in-law; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. A daughter, Sarah, died in 2005.

Obituaries: Week of Feb. 10, 2017

Harold Alden died Jan. 7 at 88. Survived by wife Geraldine; daughter Tracey (Richard) Martin; sons Tony (Lucinda), David (Dina); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Sadie Blumberg died Jan. 12 at 72. Survived by daughter Ethne McGuire; son Morris. Hillside

Fred Evans died Jan. 8 at 79. Survived by wife Elisabeth “Betsy”; daughters Jennifer Levin, Samantha (Dan), Molly (Max); sons Ted (Tracy), John VanSchraeder; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Steven Feldman died Jan. 6 at 49. Survived by mother Diane; father Daniel; sister Wendy. Hillside

Randy Granovetter died Jan. 12 at 65. Survived by daughter Jo Anna (Vincent) Manganello; brother Richard (Susan) Freidman; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Eleanor Jacobson died Jan. 5 at 94. Survived by daughters Sheryl, Linda; son in-law Jeffrey Rosen; 2 grandchildren;1 great-grandchild. Sholom Chapels

Charles Kuperman died Jan. 12 at 79. Survived by wife Judy; daughter Lisa Veylianti; son John; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Sylvia Levey died Jan. 8 at 99. Survived by nieces Susan (Hillel) Aronson, Janice; nephews Harry (Pegi), Michael, Albert. Hillside 

Maxine F. Meyer died Jan. 20 at 71. Survived by brother Robert. Simpson Gaus (Kingston, N.Y.)

Saul Halpert, 93, longtime TV journalist

Back in the day, broadcast journalists came in three varieties. Walter Cronkite embodied the “voice of God” approach to delivering the news. George Putnam was more of a “personality” than a journalist, and his booming voice and blow-dried coiffure was caricatured in the character of Ted Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” And the younger generation of up-and-coming TV correspondents included razor-cut and matinee-handsome young men like Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather.

And then there was Saul Halpert.

Halpert died last week at the age of 93. Southern California television viewers of a certain age will remember him as a hard-edged and hard-driving news hawk, sharp-eyed if also short in stature, a man who disdained the happy talk that prevailed in broadcast journalism and preferred to go after the story. Yet he was also kind and tolerant, approachable and forthcoming, a real mensch, which explains the outpouring of grief that attended his Aug. 16 passing.

Halpert was a journeyman reporter without pride or pretension, and he went where the assignment desk sent him. “Back on Dec. 14, 1963, at KNXT, I assigned Saul to cover the arrest of the [Frank] Sinatra Jr. kidnappers at an FBI news conference,” recalled his boss at the time, Pete Noyes. “Right in the middle of the news conference, I paged Saul and told him to take his crew and head to the Baldwin Hills Dam, which might burst at any minute. Saul cursed me out but followed orders. He, cameraman Doug Dare and soundman Pierre Adidge were standing on the dam when it broke and barely escaped death. Eventually, they were rescued by a sheriff’s helicopter. You’ve probably seen their film of the dam collapse at one time or another. It’s an L.A. classic — and so was Halpert.”

Halpert was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1922. The family moved to Southern California when he was 16, and he attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles. He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during World War II, and he returned to L.A. after the war to earn a B.A. at USC and a master’s degree at UCLA. Later in life, he taught journalism at both schools.

“Hard-boiled” is an adjective that is stereotypically used to describe private eyes, but it also applies to Halpert’s style of journalism. “Just the facts, ma’am,” is what radio and TV detective Joe Friday used to say, and that’s how I remember Halpert’s delivery of the news. His reporting was always rooted not in talking points but in hard facts, whether he was covering the mind-boggling outbreak of Beatlemania or the breaking news of a dam collapse.

As it happens, I knew Saul Halpert when I was a young magazine and newspaper journalist in the 1970s, and he invited me now and then to join the guest panels on “Channel 4 News Conference,” the long-running show that he hosted on Sundays on the local NBC affiliate. Halpert worked at all three network affiliates over his long career, and everyone who was privileged to know him will agree that he embodied the qualities that his fellow broadcast journalists always praised, even when they did not actually practice them. 

My most precious memory of Saul Halpert, however — and one that I have reflected upon many times over the years — is a long, chatty lunch at which Saul and his wife, Ruth, began to reminisce about the death of their adult son, Robert. “He had such beautiful legs,” Ruth recalled, and they both fell silent for a moment. And it was at that moment that I glimpsed the depth of emotion that was the wellspring of the compassion that he brought to his 40-year career in journalism. That unguarded and heartfelt disclosure brought tears to my eyes then, and so does Saul’s passing so many years later.

The family of Saul Halpert has announced that memorial contributions can be made to the Ruth L. Halpert Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the name of Saul E. Halpert, CSUN Foundation, 1811 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, 91330-8321. Inquiries should be directed to (818) 677-6057 or

JONATHAN KIRSCH is the book editor of the Jewish Journal.

Obituaries: Week of August 26, 2016

Eunice Armond-Greenstein died July 28 at 97. Survived by daughter Leslie (Steven) Saeta; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Norman Barken died Aug. 3 at 84. Survived by daughter Lauren (John) Olinski; son Miles; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Robert Ellison died Aug. 2 at 95. Survived by sons Charles (Hilary), Richard (Paula); 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Daniel S. Elman died Aug. 1 at 82. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Sheri; sons Ken (Rachel), Michael (Brenda) Tzipori; 3 grandchildren. 

Rose Fiertel died Aug. 3 at 97. Survived by daughter Robin Claridge; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Friedman died Aug. 3 at 93. Survived by wife Ida; daughter Janet (William) Parsons; son Mark (Mehrnaz). Mount Sinai

Sarina Grinberger died July 19 at 85. Survived by daughters Ofra Abadi, Penny Hakian; 4 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Charlotte Harris died July 28 at 95. Survived by son Donald; brothers Jerome Manashaw, Herbert Manashaw. Hillside

Irma Heller died July 29 at age 97. Survived by daughters Eileen Rogers, Sherry; son Brian; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Richard Husar died July 24 at 96. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Linda, Barbara (Dan) Greenhouse; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Reuven Itzhaki died July 25 at 96. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Edna (Ronny) Shahrabani; son Rafael (Alexandra); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mickey Kahan died July 24 at 73. Survived by wife Lynn; daughter Lya (Mark) Pinkus; sons Memo (Sabrina), Alex (Susie); sister Thelma Muzinek; brother Luiz; 7 grandchildren. Hillside

Penny Kanner died Aug. 2 at 91. Survived by daughter Jaimie Stephenson; sons Richard, Keith; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. Hillside

Saul Leipsitz died Aug. 2 at 87. Survived by wife Violet; daughter Denise; son Michael (Linda McNeil); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Sherwin Levy died July 31 at 88. Survived by wife Patricia; daughters Nancy, Robin, Linda, Jessica (Peter) Riffel; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Steven Lief died July 19 at 76. Survived by wife Nancy; daughter Hillary; son Jason (Anna) Lief; 2 grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Ruby Doris Luban died July 28 at 85. Survived by daughters Jackie (Steven) Stern, Jan Folden, Laurie Keller, Sherrie (Oriel) Valenzuela; sons Gregory (Dulce) Dubin, David (Sandy) Dubin, Ronald (Karen) Dubin; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Richard (Frances). Mount Sinai

Lenore Marcus died July 29 at 95. Survived by sons Wayne (Judy), Gary. Hillside

Sidney Moray died July 31 at 92. Survived by daughter Linda (Bob) Gersh; sons Michael (Kathy), David, Robert (Scott); 9 grandchildren; sister Helen. Hillside

Lee Irwin Petersil died July 28 at 53. Survived by wife Leslie; daughters Maddie, Lauren; father Charles (Joan); sister Bonnie (Rodney) Kleiger; brother Jeff; aunt Bobbi Polk. Mount Sinai

Manie Rhalter died  July 31 at 96. Survived by son Peter (Melanie); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Michael Jay Rosenberg died July 29 at 54. Survived by mother Maxine; son Jack; brother Mark; 1 nephew. Mount Sinai

Robert Sackett died Aug. 3 at 96. Survived by wife Evelyn; daughter Lauren; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Naomi Schiff died Aug. 3 at 89. Survived by daughter Kathy; sons Stanley, Norman; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sigmund Schiff died Aug. 1 at 83. Survived by his sons Gary (Nicole) Schiff, Robert (Devon); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Schneider died Aug. 2 at 57. Survived by wife Martha Macker; daughter Josie; stepdaughters Aubrey Macker, Caitlin Macker; sons Jarrett and Jonah; mother Ruth Glaser; sister Debbie; brothers Ben, Noah. Hillside

Stanley Schway died Aug. 3 at 93. Survived by wife Laurette; daughters Melinda (Scott) Kough, Lisa (Tim); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arthur Smith died July 29 at 89. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Frances, Nancy, Hillary, Mary; 6 grandchildren; brother Jerry. 

Marian Sornoff died July 27 at 95. Survived by daughter Robyn Paletz; son Jeffrey; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marilyn Sherman Sroloff died July 27 at 91. Survived by sons Sheldon (Gail), Barry; 2 grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; brothers Jerry Sherman, Stanley Sherman. Mount Sinai

Beverlee Vickter died July 28 at 67. Survived by brothers Marvin, John Ramsey. Mount Sinai

Kerwin White died July 27 at 56. Survived by sons Aaron, Jordan. Palm Mortuary

Obituaries: Week of August 19, 2016

Anita Albeck died July 20 at 92. Survived by daughter Candace (Richard) Gardner; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Pnina Barri died July 26 at 77. Survived by sons Guy, Eli (Claudia) Dror, Ron Dror; daughter-in-law Danielle Dror; sister Rachel (Mickey) Sapoznic; brothers Itzhak Strugano, Moishe (Stella) Strugano, Yossi “Pepo” (Hanna) Strugano. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Berkowitz died July 23 at 98. Survived by daughter Marlene (David) Brand; son Lee (Elaine); 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters Ruth Cohen, Edith Susman. Mount Sinai

Esther Blank died July 19 at 98. Survived by daughters Arlene Sirkin, Sandera (Don) Schuman, Samantha Erkeneff; sons Steve (Janet), Irving; 16 grandchildren; brother Stan (Deb). Mount Sinai

Arlene Cordova died July 22 at 83. Survived by daughter Barbara; son Mike (Barbara); 1 grandchild; brother Philip Reisman. Mount Sinai

Pia Goldbaum Fogel died July 18 at 91. Survived by daughters Linda, Helen; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Elaine Fond died July 20 at 95. Survived by daughter Barbara (Richard) Ackerman; son Loren (Diane); 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Marc Friedman died July 21 at 58. Survived by sister Barrie Goettsche. Mount Sinai

Ellen Hannah Gelbard died July 23 at 64. Survived by husband Joseph Zell; daughters Rachel (Jeremy) Macht, Monica (Brandon Adler) Zell; 1 grandchild; sisters Susan (Larry) Fishman, Nancy (David Kalb); brother Martin (Thalia). Mount Sinai

Sarah Fleischman Gross died July 14 at 85. Survived by daughters Cena (Yakov) Abergel, Helen Gross Brown; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Gerald Hodes died July 23 at 81. Survived by wife Silvia Dos Santos; daughters Tracy Berkus (Ellie) Dekel, Simone Jacindo; sons Brian, Osman Jacindo; 3 grandchildren; sister Rene (Mel) Ozur; brother Morrie (Sherry). Hillside

Jeffrey Eden Kahn died July 26 at 75. Survived by daughter Rhoni (Montag) Ivester. Mount Sinai

Jeffrey Katzer died July 24 at 73. Survived by wife Deborah; daughter Lauren; sons Ryan, Jason; mother Myra; sister Linda Barton; brother Sheldon. Mount Sinai

Ana Kozodoy died July 19 at 82. Mount Sinai

Israel Morton Laub died July 27 at 81. Survived by wife Marsha; daughter Renee (Cheryl) Vlashi; son Dana (Soyeon); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Raisa Layner died July 22 at 97. Survived by daughter Alexandra Koft; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Frank Lewin died July 17 at 62. Survived by mother Deborah; father Arthur; sister Eve (Paul) Wagner; brother Eugene. Mount Sinai

Michael Liebmann died July 26 at 61. Survived by mother Joan; father Sheldon; sisters Amy (Jeffry) Tellio, Ruth (Thomas) Lawson. Mount Sinai

Esther Metzner died July 21 at 96. Survived by daughter Carolee Goldberg; son Richard; 4 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Thelma (Temmie), Irene (Babe). Mount Sinai

Roslyn Pinkus died July 27 at 73. Survived by husband Frank; daughter Lynn (Evan) Lewis; sons Gary (Mary), Mark (Lya); 9 grandchildren; brother Walter (Jackye) Popick. Mount Sinai

Marlynn Podell died July 19 at 65. Survived by husband Terry; sons Greg, Eric; 2 grandchildren; brother Drew Swonetz. Mount Sinai

Rebecca Pollack died July 20 at 68. Survived by husband Steven; sons Greg (Cynthia), Spencer (Vicky); 3 grandchildren; sister Susan Hogg; brother Paul Schechter. Hillside

Madeline Rappaport died July 22 at 71. Survived by sons Greg (Erika), Jason; brothers Max Garden, Armond Garden, Mimo Garden, Albert Garden. Hillside

Amanollah Refooah died July 19 at 92. Survived by wife Parvin; daughter Janet Refoa; son Massoud; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Alex Paul Satin died July 19 at 92. Survived by wife Shirley; daughter Diane; sons David, Michael; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Evan Shapiro died July 21 at 60. Survived by wife Kathy Marks; sister Julie (Barry) Harris. Mount Sinai

Adele Wallack died June 23 at 94. Survived by daughter Ellen (Barry) Tischler; son Joel; 1 grandchild. Chevra Kadisha

Jack Weinberg died July 25 at 92. Survived by daughters Michelle Seery, Adeena (Matt) Atilano; sons Sandy (Beth) Schron, Richard (Michelle); 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Wertz died July 24 at 46. Survived by daughter Hannah; father Larry; former wife Marci. Mount Sinai

Abdul Sattar Edhi, Muslim humanitarian who preserved Daniel Pearl’s remains, 88

Abdul Sattar Edhi, a Muslim humanitarian, died July 8 in Karachi, Pakistan, mourned by millions of Pakistanis and, in Los Angeles, by the family of slain journalist Daniel Pearl. Edhi was 88.

Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped and decapitated by terrorists in 2002 while working in Pakistan.

When Pearl’s abandoned body parts were finally found, cut into 10 pieces, there was no one in the strife-ridden country to gather his remains and transport them to his family in Los Angeles.

It was Edhi who stepped in, according to Daniel’s father, UCLA professor Judea Pearl, and his sister Tamara Pearl.

“Mr. Edhi appointed himself the custodian of Daniel’s remains and brought them to the airport,” Tamara Pearl said.

“They came in three ambulances, one with the remains and the two others as decoys, protected by an armed convoy,” she added. “Before the coffin was transferred to the plane, Mr. Edhi attached a wreath with the words ‘For the peace and soul of Daniel Pearl.’ ”

Such concern and respect for a Jewish journalist was extraordinary in a country frequently torn by sectarian hostilities and terrorist strife, but a common act of decency
for Edhi.

Born a Muslim around 1928 in India, he fled to Pakistan after the 1947 partition of the subcontinent into two countries, and, horrified by the government’s indifference toward the country’s poor and sick, set himself up as a one-man welfare agency.

He raised his first funds while sitting cross-legged on a busy Karachi street, with pedestrians occasionally dropping rupee notes in his lap.

In 1951, he established the Edhi Foundation, which now runs hospitals, orphanages, mosques, legal aid offices, and centers for the abandoned and drug addicts, and employs 2,000 ambulances, which it dispatches to the sites of terrorist attacks.

Sometimes dubbed the “Father Teresa of Pakistan” and recognized as his country’s most respected figure, it was characteristic of Edhi that shortly before his death, he willed his two eyes, his body’s only viable organs, to the blind.

Edhi is survived by his wife and fellow humanitarian, Bilquis Bano, and four children. Edhi was an honorary board member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. 

David Horowitz, publicist for entertainers, politicians, 86

David Horowitz, a publicist who worked with President Bill Clinton, actress and singer Barbra Streisand and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, died July 17 at his Westwood home. He was 86. 

Highlights of his career occurred 20 years apart. In 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., he booked Streisand, his client, at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Two decades later, he helped Clinton, governor of Arkansas at the time, secure an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Clinton had just come off an overly long, poorly received Democratic National Convention speech on behalf of 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and his performance with a saxophone during the Carson broadcast helped bring the media back into his corner.

Born July 21, 1929, in New York City and raised in Los Angeles, Horowitz graduated from University High School at age 15 and, in accordance with his parents’ wishes, entered UCLA as a pre-med student.

A summer internship in advertising changed the course of his life. He left medicine behind and began his professional career at news organization KERO-TV in Bakersfield. A position at The Goodman Organization, a now-defunct advertising agency, led to a position as filmmaker Robert Aldrich’s vice president of publicity. 

Horowitz’s posts included president of corporate entertainment, president of the film division and president of the television division at Rogers & Cowan, as well as a decade-long stint with the film studio Warner Bros. During the course of his career he worked with many stars, including Woody Allen, the Beatles, Steven Spielberg and even the Muppets, according to Carl Samrock of Carl Samrock Public Relations, a former colleague of Horowitz’s. During the 1990s, he led successful Academy Award campaigns for the feature films “Dances With Wolves,” “The Silence of the Lambs” and, later, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

Interested in Israel, he was involved with Americans for Peace Now, which aims to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians. In 1992, he offered advice to Rabin that helped the Israeli politician win re-election and, three years later, Rabin requested Horowitz come to Israel to work on a project. While Horowitz weighed the opportunity, Rabin was assassinated. 

Horowitz supported Women of the Wall, an organization dedicated to creating an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller, who officiated the July 25 funeral at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, said Horowitz was humble, despite his many achievements.

“While proud of his accomplishments, and he knew he was gifted in what he did, that isn’t where he led from,” she said. “He led from a very clear vision of a world he wanted to see happen and the role public relations could play in that role.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lynn. 

The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger; the Southern Poverty Law Center; or a charity of one’s choice.

Melvin Durslag, journalist, dies at 95

Melvin Durslag, one of the last surviving major metropolitan newspaper columnists who personified and shaped the golden age of Jewish sportswriters in post-World War II America, died in Santa Monica on July 17. He was 95.

At the peak of his career in the 1960s through the ‘80s, Durslag’s byline was published in daily and weekly newspapers and magazines with a combined circulation of some 25-million. This figure was estimated to be higher than that of popular and widely read Jewish advice columnists Dear Abby and Ann Landers.

A journalism graduate of USC, his best-known work was with the old Los Angeles Herald Examiner, as well as TV Guide and the Sporting News in the heyday of their popularity. In any given week, he would write seven daily columns for the Herald Examiner, and then serve as a contributing writer of lengthy feature articles on the leading sports personalities and events of the 20th century. Magazines to which he was a contributing writer included the Saturday Evening Post, Look, and Sports Illustrated.

His newspaper column, in particular, served as a springboard for bringing major league sports to Los Angeles. He lobbied, in writing, for bringing Dodger Stadium to Chavez Ravine, the Lakers and the Sports Arena to Exposition Park, and the Raiders from Oakland to L.A. and into a new stadium that never was to be. Durslag was one of the first journalists to focus on the business side of sports. He generally did not approve of tax dollars going into public stadiums and arenas, warning readers that they were sure-bet money losers. 

Despite his work appearing in many of the most influential and highest circulation publications of the time, Durslag’s name was not as widely recognizable as one might expect. He never considered himself a “media celebrity” even though he was a confidant of many of sports’ most controversial and high-profile owners. These included maverick Jewish NFL executives such as Al Davis, Carroll Rosenbloom, Gene Klein and Art Modell. To that list may be added non-Jewish and non-conformist owners such as Walter O’Malley, Jack Kent Cooke, Gene Autry and Charles O. Finley.

Working in the pre-Internet age of communication, Durslag was trusted by sports’ elites because he strictly abided by a code of confidentiality and ethics; still he was able to perform his job with utmost objectivity, which earned him the trust of his legions of loyal readers.

He clung to a journalistic philosophy in which he did not consider himself the center of attention; rather, the modest purveyor of the information from those he interviewed as the experts. Rarely did Durslag’s stories venture beyond his sources doing the speaking, and they were almost always written in the third person.

Joe Siegman, founder of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and co-founder and past chairman of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (which elected Durslag in 1991), said, “Mel Durslag let his typewriter tell you who he was.  Before there was Google, there was Durslag. He was especially helpful for research during the early days of the Halls of Fame.”

Writing about the Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes in 1972, Durslag slightly reverted off of his journalist ethos, and wrote in the first person. “I never thought I would live to see this at a sports event. As times began to change and people started taking their philosophic differences to the streets, and they expressed themselves with bombs, with bullets, and with fire, the possibility began to develop that sports was not exempt from this behavioral pattern.”

Durslag penned these words for the Sporting News as someone who, in his career, had covered 10 Olympic Games, as well as 25 Super Bowls and 34 World Series – all potential targets for terrorists. Henceforth he was concerned about security and the high costs involved at sporting events, especially international competition.

Melvin Durslag was born in Chicago on April 29, 1921, the second of two sons of Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents. When he was a small child the family moved to Los Angeles.

After graduating from Los Angeles High School and USC, he took his first journalism job with the Los Angeles Examiner (later the Herald Examiner), one of two flagship newspapers in the once powerful chain founded by “Citizen Kane,” the legendary media mogul William Randolph Hearst.

His journalism career was placed on hold when he entered the Army Air Corps in 1942. He served with distinction in India and China. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Durslag concluded his military service by writing speeches for legendary Air Corps Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle who gained fame for leading his airmen in daring and successful missions along Asia’s Pacific Rim.

Like many other Jewish GIs returning to civilian life, Durslag pursued — against his immigrant mother’s wishes — a career as a sportswriter. Before the war, sports writing had been previously dominated by the sons of Irish and German immigrants. After the war, Jews began making a name for themselves as national columnists, “rewriting” the rules of sports journalism. Durslag’s contemporaries who went on to the national spotlight (those born between 1915 and 1929) and that predeceased him included such names as Dick Young, Leonard Koppett, Milton Richman and Joe Reichler from New York; Jerome Holtzman from Chicago; Hy Hurwitz from Boston; Art Rosenbaum from San Francisco; Stan Hochman from Philadelphia; and Hal Lebovitz from Cleveland.  

The writing style of sports articles evolved to appeal to the emerging middle class, which was better educated, and wanted more leisure time. This led to record TV ratings, attendance and marketing revenues for sporting events. Durslag was a pioneer in composing feature stories and in-depth interviews which later evolved into the TV news magazine format.

He brought diversification to the topics to be included in the sports column, not limiting himself to football and the three B’s –boxing, baseball and basketball. He would write about golf and the Kentucky Derby to attract more affluent readers. He did not have a distinct “written voice.” He utilized many styles, tailor-made for his publication and its readers.

In 1995, Durslag was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

When Durslag retired he, without fanfare, gifted his extensive career files to the Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center Library at the Amateur Athletic Foundation in L.A., according to Joe Siegman. Ziffren, a prominent Jewish community leader, was chairman of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

As recently as 2007, he appeared in HBO’s documentary, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Lorayne Sweet, three children, Bill Durslag, Jim Durslag and Ivy Durslag, and three grandchildren.

Richard Macales is a contributor to the four-volume reference/anthology work, “American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas,” edited by Prof. Murry R. Nelson. ABC-Clio.

Obituaries: Week of July 29, 2016

Edward David Astrin died July 12 at 80. Survived by wife Barbara; daughter Elizabeth (Garrett) Hoffman; son Gregory; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ruthe Bergner died July 7 at 93. Survived by daughter Beth (Steven) Gutterman-Bergner; son Mitchell (Debra); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Florence Bienenfeld died July 6 at 86. Survived by husband Milton; daughter Ruth (Falcon River) Barrett; sons Joel (Kim), Daniel; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Judith Cohen died July 8 at 83. Survived by daughters Roz, Leslie Danille, Elly, Sheryl; son Jeffrey; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mercia Cohen died July 5 at 99. Survived by daughter Sue Milchman; son Max; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Eugene Feldman died July 4 at 95. Survived by wife Rita; daughters Linda Davidson, Ellyn Bloomfield; sons David, Bob; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Hermine Beck. Hillside

Dolores Friedman died July 8 at 86. Survived by daughter Aime; sons Heywood (Brenda Joan), Jay Adam; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Benson N. Gidan died July 6 at 95; survived by daughter Sara (Daniel) Leon; son Jonathan (Freddi Segal-Gidan); 4 grandchildren; sister, Roxanne (Sandy) Schwartz-Shapiro. Groman Eden Mortuary

Edwin Gold died July 7 at 88. Survived by wife Gilda; sons Robert, Irwin; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Claire Jampol died July 3 at 98. Survived by daughters Betty Goldberg, Jan (Martin) Berkowitz; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Shirley Kampf died July 7 at 92. Survived by sons Larry (Karen) Raff, Joel (Lavonne); 2 grandchildren; brother Sidney (Orfa Nelly) Meisel. Mount Sinai

Harold Kaufman died July 2 at 96. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Carol (John Frost) McCall, Lorri, Vicki. Hillside

Frances Levy died July 8 at 86. Survived by daughters Beverly (John) Pretty, Earlene Kaiser; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harold A. Linstone died July 8 at 92. Survived by sons Clark (Karen), Fred (Elissa); 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eileen Milgrom died July 2 at 93. Survived by daughter Diane Rubin; son Steven; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rebecca Mintzer died July 6 at 87. Survived by sons Sydney, Leonard; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Miriam Popilsky died July 3 at 95. Survived by daughter Sheila; son Ben; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stephen Reiss died July 7 at 73. Survived by wife Fayla; daughters Shayney, Nicki (Tony) Reiss-Testa; 1 grandchild; mother Irene; sister Annette (Mort) Wolfson; brother Robert. Mount Sinai

Judith Robinson died July 9 at 80. Survived by husband Ira; daughter Roni Adler; son Douglas (Lesley); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Joan Ileen Roman died June 22 at 66. Survived by husband Daniel; daughter Lori (Brian) Getz; sons Mike (Laura), Patrick (Jessica); 6 grandchildren; sisters Bonnie (Lou) Hillegass, Robin (Steve) Starr, Linda (Lou) Sylvestri; brother Rick (Christine) Essex. Mount Sinai

Sidney Rosen died July 9 at 87. Survived by wife Carol; daughters Sandra (Larry) Serota, Elissa (Mark) Teitelman; 2 grandchildren; brother Morris (Marion). Mount Sinai

Louis Rosenberg died July 5 at 93. Survived by sons Ronald (Karen), Bradley (Joann); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Spencer David Saxon died July 5 at 89. Survived by daughter Jennifer (Keith) Gore; son James (Jennifer); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sanford Samuel Shapiro died July 5 at 81. Survived by wife Helena Baumwirt; daughter Natalie (Liat) Tamsut; son Grant Shapiro; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Stuart Myles Simen died July 11 at 75. Survived by sister Roberta (Allan) Kerner; brother Bruce (Iris). Mount Sinai

Dale Wayne Sontag died July 3 at 69. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Debora (Michael) Floyde, Samantha; and 1 granchild. Mount Sinai

Melvin Stern died July 7 at 83. Survived by wife Gayle; daughters Shawn (Richard) Sperber, Eden (Chuck) Kokoska; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Herman Wakcher died July 4 at 96. Survived by son Harold (Ann); daughter Sherry; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Aaron Yekutiel died July 8 at 78. Survived by son Brendan; sisters Miriam (Yakov) Shultan, Leah, Rivka Friedman, Geula (Shimon) Ben-Chaim, Sara (David) Green; brother Mordchey; former wife Rita Silver-Yekutiel. Mount Sinai

Manuel Batshaw, ‘architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,’ 101

Manuel (Manny) Batshaw, who was considered “the architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,” has died at 101.

Batshaw, who died Monday, won praise for his work over the past nearly half century in structuring some of the community’s main institutions and his renown as a discreet community “fixer.” He was the first Jewish person to earn an honorary doctorate from McGill University.

For years Batshaw served as an adviser to his friend Charles Bronfman, the billionaire Jewish philanthropist and Seagram’s liquor magnate. After retiring from official community life, Batshaw became Bronfman’s director of Jewish affairs.

Batshaw served for 12 years as executive director of the Jewish Federation-CJA and its network of social service agencies, and worked with Jewish schools.

A social worker by training, Batshaw in 1975 issued an exhaustive report on child abuse that set the stage for Quebec to establish such institutions as the Batshaw Youth and Family Services Centre and legislation including the Youth Protection Act.

Batshaw continued performing volunteer community work as a fundraiser well into his 90s.

Jona Goldrich, philanthropist and real estate developer, 88

Jona Goldrich, a Los Angeles-based developer, museum pioneer, advocate, philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, died June 26. He was 88. It is with great sadness and respect, and an enormous sense of loss, that we honor his extraordinary life.

Goldrich had an immeasurable impact on the city of Los Angeles, and his passion, determination and commitment to creating a memorial and educational space in the heart of the city that would be free and open to all helped make possible the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. The institutions, programs and lives rebuilt that are his legacy will continue to reach across the city and the country to future generations.

Goldrich was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Turka, Poland, to Sender and Elza Goldreich. Sender, a successful businessman in the lumber industry with a deep connection to his Jewish heritage, believed in the importance of education. Goldrich and his two brothers grew up speaking Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish, studying mathematics and science, and reading extensively.

When the Nazis occupied their region in 1941, Goldrich’s father made arrangements to smuggle the family to Hungary. Goldrich and his brother Avraham made the trip first and arrived in Hungary, but their older brother, Eizo, did not want to leave their parents. Sender, Elza and Eizo were caught and eventually died during the Holocaust.

In Hungary, Goldrich worked tirelessly to arrange forged papers so he and his younger brother could immigrate to Palestine, and they arrived there in 1943.

Over the next decade, Goldrich worked as an auto mechanic and taxi driver while he studied at Technion University in Haifa.

He immigrated to the United States, where he married his wife, Doretta, and raised two daughters, Melinda and Andrea.

He created the Goldrich Family Foundation, which furthers efforts to cure disease, supports local schools and international universities, promotes social justice, and supports Holocaust remembrance and awareness. He also was a founder and lifetime supporter of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

And so we allow ourselves to take some comfort in the thought that we might strive to carry forward his legacy and honor the hopes he expressed to me each and every time I saw him over his last years: “You have to keep teaching the young people.”

This week, in the quiet space of the outdoor Goldrich Family Foundation Children’s Memorial, just as the news of his death reached us, students from across Los Angeles were learning and reflecting and young men and women, grandchildren of survivors, were in dialogue with Holocaust survivors, learning how lives were rebuilt in Los Angeles, and how loss and unimaginable pain were met with hope and possibility and determination to create new lives and a better future.

“Another giant has left us,” said Lidia Budgor, 91, Goldrich’s fellow founding board member and an Auschwitz survivor.

Goldrich is survived by his wife of 56 years, Doretta; daughters Melinda and Andrea (Barry) Cayton; grandchildren Garrett, Lindsay and Derek; and brother Avraham.

Obituaries: Week of June 24, 2016

Gloria Averbook died May 23 at 87. Survived by daughter Lorene; sons Allen (Emily), Bruce; 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Arlene Barco died May 23 at 78. Survived by son Jeff. Hillside

Benjamin Berris died May 20 at 94. Survived by wife Elaine; sons Alan (Lila), Steven (Debbie); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Norman (Amanda). Hillside

Fredrick Brand died May 15 at 53. Survived by wife Marcelle Sirkus; son Jake; mother Rachel; brother David; nephew Jonathan (Jessica). Hillside

Burton Cohen died May 16 at 88. Survived by wife Charlotte; daughters Laurel “Pickels” Humeston, Shavon (Don) Pierce; son Michael; 3 grandchildren; sister Roberta Wexler. Hillside

Elayne Cohen died May 26 at 84. Survived by daughters Lynne (Don) Steinman, Laurie (Jonathon) Abelove; son Mark (Edith); 3 grandchildren; brother Samuel Goldberg. Hillside

Adele Cole died May 20 at 95. Survived by daughter Linda (Steve) Shrader; sons Gary (Claudette), Robert (Nanci); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Annette Colman died May 28 at 92. Survived by husband Philip; daughter Jane (Lloyd) Colman-Silverstein; sons Dr. Marc (Joy) Colman, Barry (John Preston); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Virginia Fadden died May 18 at 82. Survived by daughters Susan Sullivan, Judy (Ken) Butler, Kathy (Dennis) Purdy; 5 grandchildren; brother Floyd Goodell. Mount Sinai

Robert Louis Finkel died June 3 at 86. Survived by companion Gloria Barke; sons Eric (Judy) Finkel, Richard (Allyson) Finkel, Paul; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Eugene Gabler died May 21 at 94. Survived by wife Frances; daughters Shelley (Randy) Holbrook, Lisette; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Herbert Galperson died May 24 at 84. Survived by wife Judith; sons David (Laura), Robert (Jennifer); brother Julian; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Ellen Glettner died May 19 at 64. Survived by husband Jeff; daughter Rachel (Joel) Gottschalk; son David (Eva); 3 grandchildren.  

Frances Goodman died May 27 at 94. Survived by husband Milton; daughter Irene (Andrew O’Mahony); son Roger (Melody); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shirlee Gorman died May 24 at 95. Survived by daughter Coreen (Ron) Frisch; son Dennis; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jane Grossman died May 28 at 92. Survived by daughter Jane (Alan) Erlbaum; sons Jay (Dolores), Joel; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Julius S. Grush died May 25 at 78. Survived by wife Kristine; daughters Robin (Dov) Rady, Randi (Dev) Letendre, Ronna Evans; son Rod; 4 grandchildren; brother Edward. Mount Sinai

Marion Handel died May 19 at 98. Survived by niece Sheri Handel Beck. Mount Sinai

David Blass Hoffman died May 24 at 72. Survived by wife Sonia; daughter Lisa Hoffman; son Adam (Liz) Hoffman; 1 grandchild; sister Lane; brothers Jonathan, Michael, Robert. Mount Sinai

Stanley Hollander died May 23 at 78. Survived by wife Gail; daughters Beth (Scott) Harris, Tracey (Richard) Hefter, Kari Wohl; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Edith Honig died May 15 at 91. Survived by son Allen (Kathryn); 4 grandchildren; nephew Doron Tisser. Hillside

Bunny Hurwitz-Shure died May 15 at 99. Survived by daughters Jan, Louise, Idette Gayne; sister Georgie Diamond; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Ruth Mirsky Jainchill died Dec. 27 at 101. Survived by sister Elaine (George) Avak; nieces Marilyn (Lawrence) Kramer, Jacqueline Cheung; nephews Gregory Avak, Michael (Sandra) Owen. Mount Sinai

Harold Jaye died May 30 at 101. Survived by daughters Vicki (Peter) Gallay, Linda (Jim) Dinow; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esther Kagan died May 24 at 93. Survived by sons Lee (Patty) Kagan, Samuel (Donna) Kagan, Morris Kagan; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Ann Woods. Mount Sinai

Cheryl Kaiser died May 28 at 63. Survived by husband Jeffrey; daughter Heather (Craig) Nehamen; son Michael (Debra); brother Dennis Gross. Mount Sinai

James Klein died May 19 at 79. Survived by daughters Patricia Gardner, Sharon Sanders; sons James Jr., Brian, Scott; 7 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Rena Kramer died May 28 at 66. Survived by companion Arthur Pierson; daughter Sara; son Joseph; father Jerome Blumenfeld; sister Diane; cousin Gary Goodman. Hillside

Sheldon J. Latt died June 4 at 82.  Survived by daughters Diana, Allison (Jeff) Krumholz, Sara (Reana) Gallardo; sons, Brian (Mel), David (Kim), Edward (Christy), Jesse; 12 grandchildren; brother Arron Latt; sister-in-law, Teddi Budnick. Mount Sinai

George Leimberg died June 1 at 76. Survived by daughters Heather (Josh) Boyd, Alicia Nuccio, Michelle (Robyn) Singer; 3 grandchildren; brother Eric (Greka). Mount Sinai

Lawrence Leviton died May 29 at 90. Survived by wife Arleen; sons Neal, Fred, David Ruby, Marshall Ruby; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Bernard. Hillside

Evelyn Levitz died May 31 at 89. Survived by husband Eugene; daughters Annette (Steve) Springer, Randy Eileen; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers Howard Levin and Leonard Levin. Mount Sinai 

Richard Maitin died May 30 at 85. Survived by wife Harriet; sons Robert (Tracy), Mathew; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Dora Medavoy died May 19 at 94. Survived by daughter Veronica (Larry) Dressler; son Mike (Irena); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

David Leo Melcombe died May 22 at 81. Survived by wife Marcia; daughter Lisa (Marlowe) Melcombe-Weiseman; sons Kenneth, Randy; 2 grandchildren; brother Henry (Marcia). Mount Sinai

Ruth Miller died May 26 at 100. Survived by daughters Carol Ellis, Anita Balter; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sandra Moss died May 23 at 81. Survived by sons Lee (Karen Young), Eric, Gary (Lisa); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gail Neugroschl died May 28 at 78. Survived by daughters Cindy (Marshall) Scherr, Lori (Bob) Sherden; son Scott; 6 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carter Omens died May 28 at 73. Survived by wife Nancy Koven; son Caleb (Kate Deblasio); daughter Samantha (Zack) Braff; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Claire Onderwyzer died May 18 at 68. Survived by brother Steven (Diane). Hillside

Irene S. Pam died  May 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Judy (Rabbi Lee) Bycel; son Richard (Penny); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Edward J. Paster died May 30 at 90. Survived by wife Arlene; sons Steven (Lois), Brian, David; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney Penn died May 24 at 97. Survived by daughter Jennifer; sons Tom (Kathy), William (Maggie Jekel); 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Norton Rodman died May 31 at 87. Survived by wife Ellen; daughters Rica, Cheryl; sister Lora Canter. Mount Sinai

Ira Schwerin died May 31 at 97. Survived by daughter April (Jeff) Cherness; sons Martin (Linda), Richard (Barbara); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Louis Senter died May 28 at 95. Survived by daughter Marsha (Rodney) Scully; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Dolores Shapiro died May 22 at 79. Survived by cousin Joel Osman. Mount Sinai

Diane Sherman died May 30 at 84. Survived by cousins Jay Taylor and Ina Mozer. Hillside

Jean Shy died May 18 at 59. Survived by daughter Natalie (Inon) Shampanier; son Rommy (Natalie); 2 grandchildren; brothers Stanley Lorber, Sol Lorber; sister Ruth Amar. Mount Sinai

Stanley Silverberg died May 29 at 79. Survived by daughter Ilana McAllister; son Dan (Debora Mendelson); 1 grandchild; sister Marilyn Zadok. Mount Sinai

Ethelda Singer died May 18 at 92. Survived by sons Michael (Penny), Steven; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Harriet Sonenshine died May 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Jill (Scott); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Maria Sosnov died May 27 at 69. Survived by daughter Alana (David) Epstein; son Gene (Viktoria); 5 grandchildren; sister  Larisa Lechkevitch; brother Mark Dinaburghski. Mount Sinai

Michele Galli Stark died May 21 at 72. Survived by husband Ronald; daughter Marla Galli; son Brian (Maria) Galli; stepdaughter Dina (Marston) Gould; stepsons Jeffrey (Brooke), Gregory (Julie); 8 grandchildren; sister-in-law Arlene (Al) Hymovitz. Mount Sinai

Leopold Szneer died May 26 at 94. Survived by wife Isabelle; sister Hanna Levy; nephew Niles. Mount Sinai

Todd Taite died June 1 at 47. Survived by mother Elaine; brothers Richard (Delphine), Shawn. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Tamarin died May 23 at 94. Mount Sina

Charles Alexander Trilling died May 25 at 93. Survived by wife Lillian; daughters Helen, Deborah; son Mark Trilling; son-in-law Barry Katz; 3 grandchildren. Hollywood Forever, Beth Olam

Ralph Turner died May 24 at 89. Survived by daughters Lisa (Dave) Merenbach, Lori; sons Mark (Karla), Jeff (Connie) Bradbury; 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Gary O. Weiner died May 29 at 61. Survived by daughter  Samantha; brother Thomas (Epi); cousin Jeffrey Gola. Mount Sinai

Joseph Weiner died May 26 at 87. Survived by wife Muriel; daughter-in-law Kathryn Padgett; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Roberta “Bobbe” Weiss died May 26 at 84. Eden

Alex Wexler died May 21 at 56. Survived by husband Gregg Milano; sons Jacob Milano Wexler, Michael (Andrew) Crane; brother Mark Wexler. Mount Sinai

Betty Wolf died June 4 at 91.  Survived by sons Kevin (Virginia), Kenneth; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Emily Chaloff. Mount Sinai

Toby Libby Wolfberg died June 1 at 86. Survived by daughters Jane, Amy; son Michael Wolfberg. Mount Sinai

Irving Moskowitz, pro-settler American Jewish philanthropist, dies at 88

Dr. Irving Moskowitz, an American Jewish philanthropist who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, has died at 88.

Arutz Sheva, a right-wing Israeli news site that he helped establish, reported his death Thursday.

The Moskowitz Foundation he founded in 1968 along with his wife, Cherna, was a major supporter of El’ad and Ateret Cohanim, two organizations involved in moving Jews to live in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem. It also was a major donor to the One Israel Fund, which according to a filing on the foundation’s 2014 tax form “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria.” Judea and Samaria are the biblical names for the West Bank.

In 2008, the Moskowitzes established the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism, whose winners included Moshe Levinger, an early settler in Hebron after the 1967 Six-Day War who later was jailed in Israel for violence against Arabs; Noam Arnon, another prominent settler in Hebron; and Yehuda Glick, an activist pushing for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount who recently became a Knesset member.

Moskowitz will be buried in Jerusalem, according to a Facebook post by Dov Hikind, a New York state assemblyman from Brooklyn and a right-wing Israel advocate.

Moskowitz was born in New York City in 1928, the ninth child of Jewish immigrants from Poland. He grew up in Milwaukee, where he earned his medical degree, later moving to California, where he created a business building hospitals and ran a legal gambling business. He moved later to Miami Beach.

According to a 1997 profile in Time magazine, Moskowitz lost 120 relatives in the Holocaust.

Obituaries: Week of June 17, 2016

Eunice Bagel died May 7 at 93. Survived by sons Ronald (Margaret O’Brian), Richard; daughter Joy (Tim) Singletary; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Charlotte Bart died March 28 at age 101. Survived by son, Steve (Lenore) Newman; Richard (Louise) Kalfus; 4 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai 

Joan Berne died May 10 at 94. Survived by son Frederick Jr. (Peri Ellen), daughter Paddy (Horst Baumberger), 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Kenneth Black died May 11 at 66. Survived by wife Cynthia; daughter Catherine; son Jordan. Hillside

Robert Blacker died May 6 at 70. Survived by wife Marilyn; sister Elaine Baker. Hillside

Marvin A. Botwin died May 10 at 87. Survived by niece Michele Raphael; nephew Al Bowin; sister-in-law Harriet Botwin. Mount Sinai

Pearl Carr died May 7 at 93. Survived by sons Gary (Michele), Paul (Barbara) and 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Nadia Pidgeon Chriqui died May 12 at 74. Survived by husband Claude; uncle Andre. Mount Sinai

Rose M. Cohen died May 11 at age 90. Survived by daughter Joni; son Ronald; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Theda Fleischacker died May 14 at 92. Survived by daughter Linda Shier; son Alan (Suzanne); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Charlotte Fleishman died May 15 at 84. Survived by daughters Debra, Janet; son Mark (Heather) Zalona; sister Natalie Scotton; 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Laura Fogelman died May 10 at 66. Survived by brother Martin; niece Deborah Devine; nephew Daniel (Caitlin). Hillside

Ralph Fox died May 16 at 92. Survived by daughter Janine (Bob) Dingler; 2 grandchildren;  sister-in-law Suzanne Bogeberg. Mount Sinai

Allan Frank died April 19 at 59. Survived by sons Jake, Spencer; brother Keith; sister Lorraine Purdy. Hillside

George J. Frankie died May 9 at 89. Survived by wife Edith; son Richard (Gloria). Mount Sinai

Evelyn Fried died May 1 at 103. Survived by daughter Barbara (Arthur) Fried Gilbert; son Bernard; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Kenneth Bruce Friman died May 9 at 56. Survived by sister Barbara (Jeff) Match; brother Mark; niece Elyssa Match; nephew Charles Match; sister-in-law Leslie (Ken) Goldstein; sister-in-law Sheri (Lars) Jorgensen; mother-in-law Dottie Match; friend Liz Clark. Mount Sinai

Beatrice Garofalo died May 10 at 99. Survived by daughters Denise (Johnny Rice) DeVough, Shelly, Maryellen (James) Sorrell; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bo Golomb died May 16 at 77. Survived by daughters Beatrice (Terrence Sejnowski), Astrid Golomb; sisters Ebba Anderson, Hanne Wang; brothers Jo Mikkelsen Rygaard, Fleming Rygaard. Mount Sinai

Goldie “GG” Breslow Greenberg died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Bernard; daughters Joni (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; son Arthur (Deb); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Shirlee Haft died May 6 at age 87. Survived by sons Michael, Mitchell, Richard; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Hoffman died May 18 at 91. Survived by wife Miriam Hoffman; son Marc (Debora); 3 granddaughters. Mount Sinai 

Leo Holinstat died May 10 at 93. Survived by wife Hilda; son David (Renate Zink). Hillside

Miriam Jacobson died May 15 at 87. Survived by husband Sidney Jacobson; daughter Andrea Cavalier; 3 grandchildren; brother Jack (Linda Reiger) Ferm; nephew Lennard Benson. Mount Sinai

Sol Benjamin Jarman died May 5 at 91. Survived by wife Doris; daughter Ilene (Ray) Pruitt; son Michael (Barbara); 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Barbara (Brilliant) Kaplan died May 11 at 91. Survived by son Michael.

Nejatolah Kohansedgh died May 16 at 86. Survived by wife Parvin; sons Sol (Stephanie) Cohen, Sasan Kohan-Sedgh, Mehran (Vida) Kohan-Sedgh; daughter Mojgan (Daniel) Gilardi; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Milton Krell died May 9 at 94. Survived by daughters Betsy (Jeff) Kapor, Anne (Mike) McNair; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Esmond Kronick died May 5 at 92. Survived by wife D’Vora; daughter Jerri Griffin; son Michael (Gail); 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Ralph Levin died May 5 at 84. Survived by cousins Brent (Peggy), Sharleen (Robert), Michelle (Tom), Liam. Mount Sinai

Donald Phillip Lubell died May 15 at 86. Survived by sons Bradford (Debra), Dean (Eileen), Scott (Shelly), Keith (Serena); 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters Maxine Barkin, Dolores (Marvin) Mitchell. Mount Sinai

David Miller died May 8 at 24. Survived by father David (Kathy); brothers Joshua, Jake, Mark Wertz; sister Laura Miller; grandmother Judith Miller; grandparents Shirley Sharpe, Sharon Sharpe; uncle Russell Miller. Mount Sinai

Joseph Morris died May 3 at 92. Survived by wife Anita; son Gary (Elsee); daughter Ellen (Alon) Hamilton; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Eleanor Musicant died April 27 at 91. Survived by son Jonathan (Yayoi Kushida); daughter Meredith (Tom) Musicant-Heatly. Hillside

Mollie Abzug Pier died April 26 at 95. Survived by son Gerald (Susan); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Geraldine Ridgway died April 27 at 91. Survived by daughter Judith (Art) Levine; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Beatrice Rogol died May 9 at 95. Survived by 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Roseann Saldinger died May 9 at 77. Survived by daughters Karen (Paul) Clifton, Nancy (Atila) Zekioglu; son Randy Saldinger; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jacob Ian Sander died May 3 at 68. Survived by wife Kim; sons Aaron, Declan; sisters Aileen, Roz Quarto, Deborah, Jody. Mount Sinai

Scott Sanders died March 28 at 61. Survived by sister Toby Sanders Pollack. Mount Sinai

Bernard Schnur died May 14 at 84. Survived by wife Sylvia Elizabeth Bello; daughter Carolann (Schnur de la Sotta); son Roger (Hope); stepdaughter Teresa Elizabeth Glenn; 3 grandchildren; sisters Fran Robinson, Evelyn Bernstein. Hillside

Peter Sharp died April 19 at 83. Survived by friends Michael Cohen, David Cohen. Mount Sinai

Ellisa Gaye Shocket died May 7 at 61. Survived by daughters Aimee, Kimberly; son, Daniel; mother Beverly Weber; brother Glenn Weber; sister Stacey (Steve) Belgard; nieces Cassandra and Emma Belgard. Mount Sinai

Miriam Shulman died May 10 at 97. Survived by daughters Tobey (Grant Farley), Maya Ford; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Harold H. Singer died May 2 at 98. Survived by daughter Kathy; sons Sheldon (Nancy), Alan (Joan); 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jene Silberberg died May 14 at 86. Survived by son David (Julie); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Natalie Stollman died May 15 at 84. Survived by daughter Lisa (Mat) Frey; sons Rick, Kenny (Rosanna), Jerry, Michael; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Sidney (Merilee) Levy; former son-in-law Harvey Tepfer. Mount Sinai

Mickey Sunkin died May 5 at age 87. Survived by wife Betty; daughter Helene (Stuart) Schultz; son Gary; 2 grandchildren; brother Bert Sunkin. Mount Sinai

Phillip Torf died April 27 at 93. Survived by wife Millicent; daughters Bonnie Rose (Richard Shen), Victoria (Brent Rosenbaum); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Beverly Owen. Hillside

Ret Turner died May 4 at 87. Survived by niece Jean (Doug) Drufner. Mount Sinai

Malvina Vaisfeld died May 7 at 68. Survived by son Samuel (Terri); 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Irving Weiner died May 9 at 95. Survived by son Richard “Rick” (Ann); brother Jay (Er-dien); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Helen Weinstein died May 16 at 102. Survived by daughter Madelon Weinstein; 2 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Leroy Weiss died May 13 at 86. Survived by wife June; daughters Ilene Davis, Diane Frankel, Sharon; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janet Winstein died May 4 at 96. Survived by daughter Nancy; son Stan. Hillside

Halina Wolf died May 12 at 95. Survived by niece Pessia Grywac; 1 granddaughter. Hillside

Florence Zacuto died May 11 at 96. Survived by husband Charles; daughter Debi Stevens; sons Richard Klein, Steven Klein; stepsons Brad (Wendy), Gary; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brother Marshall (Doris) Redman. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Zamos died May 6 at 80. Survived by wife Eleanor “Ellie”; daughter Karen (Patrick) Connor; son David (Lee); 6 grandchildren; brother Jerome. Hillside

Len Hill, partner in real estate development firm, 68

Len Hill, a partner for 16 1/2 years in Linear City Development, an urban-centric real estate group, died June 7. He was 68.

“Len’s commitment to the city of Los Angeles and the desire to influence our modern history in a positive way allowed a legacy that would last for a long time,” Yuval Bar-Zemer, a friend and partner at Linear City Development, wrote in an email. “[The] company tackled some of the most interesting and rewarding projects of urban renewal in downtown Los Angeles and afforded me the rare opportunity of
seeing the transformation of a derelict neighborhood into a flourishing living environment.”

Los Angeles-based Linear City Development, established in 2001, focuses on developing high-density, mixed-use projects in the central city area. 

Hill was born Oct. 11, 1947, at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles, according to the firm’s website. A 1965 graduate of University High School, he received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from Stanford.

The website says Hill began his professional career as a writer for television, eventually working as a network executive at NBC and ABC before starting an independent production company, Leonard Hill Films (LHF), in 1980. LHF produced more than 50 television movies and three series with a combined production budget exceeding $300 million.

Hill was the founder and chair of Allied Communications Inc., a television distribution company that was sold in 1994, the website says. He also was a Cornerstone Founder and past board member of the Los Angeles Conservancy.

Services were held June 9 at Hillside.

Hill is survived by his wife, Dr. Patricia Gordon, and brothers Andy Hill (Janice) and Rick Hill (Marna).

Donations can be made to J Street ( or Violence Intervention Program, 2010 Zonal Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089. 

Mell Lazarus, ‘Momma’ and ‘Miss Peach’ cartoonist, 89

Brooklyn-born cartoonist Mell (Melvin) Lazarus, known for his syndicated comic strips “Momma” and “Miss Peach,” died May 24 in his Los Angeles home. He was 89.

According to his wife, Sally Mitchell, the cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, The New York Times reported.

“Miss Peach,” which chronicled a prim schoolteacher and the antics of her wisecracking students, had a 45-year run, from 1957 to 2002. “Momma,” about “an aging widow desperately trying to retain control of her aging children,” as he once described it, launched in 1970 and was inspired by his own Jewish mother, a Russian immigrant. It still runs today.

In all, he produced more than 33,000 strips.

At 16, Lazarus dropped out of James Madison High School, which touts such high-profile graduates as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer, to pursue his career as a cartoonist. According to The New York Times, Lazarus sold his first cartoon that same year. But the high school dropout proved himself a literal genius when he, at the urging of his first wife, Eileen, became a member of the high-IQ society Mensa International upon passing its IQ test — a feat reserved for intellectual elite who score in the 98th percentile.

Lazarus, who moved to Southern California in 1975, just this year was awarded the Medal of Honor from the National Cartoonists Society, the premier organization for professional cartoonists, for which he served as president from 1989-1993. In 1981, his “Miss Peach” earned the Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year, the organization’s highest honor.

At the time of his death, Lazarus, who also was an author, was writing his third novel and a screenplay. His first two novels are “The Boss Is Crazy, Too” (1954) and “The Neighborhood Watch” (1986).

In addition to wife Sally, the daughter of comic strip writer Ed Mitchell, Lazarus is survived by three daughters, Marjorie White, Suesan Pawlitski and Cathie Lazarus; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Herb.

Obituaries: Week of May 27, 2016

Jerrold Asher died April 29 at 88. Survived by daughters Patricia (Chris) Barbieri; son Mark (Sandra); stepdaughters Arnea Alcon-McCarthy, Jodye Kirshman; 2 grandchildren; former wife Marsha. Mount Sinai

Rudi Bassmann died April 29 at 96. Survived by daughter Sabrina; son Ronald; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ellen R. Bernick died April 30 at 96. Survived by sons James (Pamela), Michael (Donna), Charles (Julia); 7 grandchildren; brother Morton (Esther) Levy. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Bernstein died May 2 at 98. Survived by daughters Vicki Daly Redholtz, Jackye Sullins; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Brown died May 2 at 86. Survived by son Lloyd (Barbara); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Al Burns died April 13 at 94. Survived by daughters Arleen, Judy; 1 grandson. Chevra Kadisha

Marvin Ehrlich died April 24 at 83. Survived by wife Sharon; sons Kenneth (Melody Roset), Ira (Audrey); daughter Jodi (Jon) Goldstein Ehrlich; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Paul Foxman died April 25 at 78. Survived by son Robert Lotstein; daughters Shahin, Christine Eppel; 7 grandchildren; sisters Loretta (Walt) Polsky, Shell Gross, Cecilia Winkelman, Lynda, Julia; brother Richard (Eileen). Mount Sinai

Allan Frank died April 19 at 59. Survived by sons Jake, Spencer; brother Keith; sister Lorraine Purdy. Hillside

Hilda Garabedian died May 2 at 91. Survived by daughter Melinda (David Harris); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Benjamin Germain died April 23 at 89. Survived by wife Maria; sons Jeff (Patricia), Larry, Gerry (Luisa), Peter Berrego; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Genia Gisis died April 30 at 96. Survived by sons Harry (Marianne), Joseph (Debie); 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers David (Helen) Reznik, Sam Reznik. Mount Sinai

Goldie Breslow Greenberg died April 23 at 87. Survived by son Arthur (Deb); daughters Joani (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Miriam P. Haas died April 24 at 94. Survived by sister Lorka Gleitman; daughters Sylvia Burlin, Beverly (Leo Reich); 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild.

Bernice Hirschfield died April 30 at 100. Survived by daughters Terri, Roberta, Judith; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Irvin Kipper died April 21 at 99. Survived by wife Gertrude; sons Donald (Vicki), Robert (Carolyn); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Leon Knobel died April 24 at 96. Survived by wife Helen; son Abe (Linda); daughter Hanna (Motty) Friedman; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Lewis Lerner died April 27 at 87. Survived by sons Leonard (Phyllis), Larry (Sherry); 3 grandchildren; sister Florence (Sam) Tucker. Mount Sinai

Henry “Hank” Levin died April 25 at 93. Survived by wife Judith; sons Todd (Lisbeth), Garrett (Pamela); daughter Bridget (Brian) Shuster; 8 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Odette Liberman died April 24 at 96. Survived by daughter Cindy (Michael) Fradin; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Irene Master died April 23 at 86. Survived by son Robert (Fannie), daughter Barbara; 4 grandchildren; sister Janet Snyder. Hillside

Eleanor Musicant died April 27 at 91. Survived by son Jonathan (Yayoi Kushida); daughter Meredith (Tom) Musicant-Heatly. Hillside

Geraldine Ridgway died April 27 at 91. Survived by daughter Judith (Art) Levine; 1 grandchild; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

William Rosenthal died April 27 at 66. Survived by wife Sharon; daughters Pamela, Debrah. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Schaller died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Solomon; son Ray Blatt; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Peter Sharp died April 19 at 83. Survived by friends Michael Cohen, David Cohen. Mount Sinai

Harvey Sherman died April 27 at 78. Survived by wife Marcia Morrow; daughter Lori Sherman-Renteria; stepsons Don Morrow, Landon Morrow, Jim Morrow; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Robert. Mount Sinai

Frank Sinclair died April 24 at 89. Survived by daughter Cheryl (David) Golde; son Jerry (Robin). Mount Sinai

Gary Sztanski died April 26 at 60. Survived by mother Fanny; brother Charles (Stephanie). Hillside

Phillip Torf died April 27 at 93. Survived by wife Millicent; daughters Bonnie Rose (Richard Shen), Victoria (Brent Rosenbaum); 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sister Beverly Owen. Hillside

Fern Wicksel died May 1 at 84. Survived by daughter Lisa (Stan) Grod; sons Marc, Jeffrey (Diane); 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Morley Safer, ’60 Minutes’ newsman, dies at 84

Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died Thursday.

Safer, who died a week after his retirement from the CBS newsmagazine was announced, filed his last report, his 919th, in March and reportedly had been ill. He died at his Manhattan home; the CBS announcement announcing his death gave no cause.

On Sunday, the network screened an hourlong retrospective about his career. Among the highlights noted by Safer, the winner of numerous journalism awards and 12 Emmys, was his 1965 dispatch that showed Marines torching the homes of villagers in a Vietnamese hamlet.

“Morley was one of the most important journalists in any medium, ever,” CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves said in the announcement of Safer’s death. “He broke ground in war reporting and made a name that will forever be synonymous with “60 Minutes.”

Safer, a Toronto native born to an Austrian-Jewish family, wrote a book, “Flashbacks: On Returning to Vietnam,” in 1990.

In a statement last week he said: “It’s been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air.”

Safer reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. before joining CBS News in 1964. He first worked as a correspondent in London, and in 1965 opened a Saigon Bureau for CBS News.

He became London bureau chief in 1967, and reported from Europe, Africa and the Middle East before returning to Vietnam to cover the war.

Safer won top journalism honors, including three Overseas Press Club Awards, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, two George Polk Memorial Awards and the Paul White Award from the Radio/Television News Directors Association. He also received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards First Prize for Domestic Television, according to CBS.

Solomon Golomb, USC Professor, digital communications pioneer, 83

Solomon Wolf Golomb, decorated mathematician and distinguished electrical engineering professor at USC, died at his home May 1. He was 83.

Golomb, son and grandson of Lithuanian rabbis, was born in Baltimore on May 30, 1932. After graduating from Baltimore City College, he went on to earn a bachelor’s in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University before he turned 19, followed by master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard. His groundbreaking work in communications theory and cryptography led to his being hired by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1956 (then part of the U.S. Army), where, at the age of 24, he was tasked with finding ways to control missiles with jam-proof radio signals. 

In 1963, he immersed himself in the world of USC academia, joining the college’s electrical engineering and mathematics faculties, where he remained until his death. 

As evidenced by the number of honors, awards and medals he received throughout his long career, Golomb’s contributions to the field of math and engineering cannot be overstated. In 2013, Golomb went to the White House to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor in the U.S. for science innovation. And last month, Golomb received the prestigious Franklin Institute’s Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering, joining an elite membership that includes Albert Einstein, Marie Curie and Andrew Viterbi, namesake of USC’s engineering school.

“Professor Golomb was truly a giant in the field of mathematics and engineering,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said. “He was an exceptionally imaginative thinker, and so many enduring innovations and highly creative games — including polyominoes and pentomino — emerged from his inimitable genius. But beyond the innumerable accomplishments, Professor Golomb was also a dear friend and colleague, having served on USC’s faculty for more than half a century. Indeed, he helped transform our university into the world-class institution it is today.”

Golomb is survived by his daughters Beatrice (Terry Sejnowski) and Astrid.

Obituaries: Week of May 20, 2016

Florence Adler died March 9. Survived by daughters Libby  (Paul) Hollombe, Jane (Jack) Zuckerman; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman 

Boris Arbit died Feb. 29 at 56. Survived by wife Nelli; daughter Marina; brother Gregory; mother Sheva. Chevra Kadisha

Lynn Bernstein died April 19 at 74. Survived by daughter Lori; son David (Jennifer Steinberg); 1 grandchild; brother Joe (Gail). Hillside

Betty Brown died March 31 at 93. Survived by husband Marvin; son Bruce (Orranuch). Malinow and Silverman

Roxanne Carter died March 4 at 80. Survived by daughter Wendy; sons Chase, Michael (Victoria); 2 grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Irwin Clofine died April 17 at 85. Survived by wife Marion; daughter Sheryl (Neil) Aronow; sons Robert (Wanda), Gary (Denise); 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Jeanette Cohen died March 29 at 91. Survived by sons Marc (Denise Van Loo), Kenneth. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Mae Dishman died April 22 at 93. Survived by daughters Marla (Bill Rosenblum) Wein, Dana (Brian Berliner) Berliner; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

David Dubinsky died April 18 at 93. Survived by wife Lorraine; son Edward (Daisy); 2 grandsons. Mount Sinai

Marvin Ehrlich died April 24 at 83. Survived by wife Sharon; sons Kenneth (Melody Roset), Ira (Audrey); daughter Jodi (Jon) Goldstein Ehrlich; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Isadore Einstein died April 19 at 82. Survived by wife Antje; sons Gary, Mark; 1 grandchild; sister Jeanette Goldberg. Hillside

Eduard Galperin died April 21 at 69. Survived by wife Alexandra Laptenko; sons Eugene, Ross; 1 grandson. Chevra Kadisha

Benjamin Germain died April 23 at 89. Survived by wife Maria; sons Jeff (Patricia), Larry, Gerry (Luisa), Peter Berrego; 9 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Helene Goodman died April 20 at 82. Survived by husband Myron “Bud”; son Phillip (Silvia Battigalli) Ansell; sister Valerie Grossman. Hillside

Goldie Greenberg died April 23 at 87. Survived by son Arthur (Deb); daughters Joani (Jeff) Marine, Myra (Jerrold) Glassman; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandsons; sister Lila Segal. Mount Sinai

Lawrence Greenberg died April 19 at 72. Survived by son Joshua (Kristy); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Marilyne Sheila Gressman died April 15 at 75. Survived by husband Robert; sons Lee (Danielle) Blitstein, Neil (Lisa) Blitstein, Arnold (Jackie) Blitstein; daughters Nancy (Jeff) Pfeffer, Sheri (John) Hanks; stepdaughter Teri; stepson Bill; 13 grandchildren; sister Sheryl (Robert) Vines. Mount Sinai

Claire Grossberg died April 20 at 83. Survived by daughters Cindy Collins, Ileene (Michael) Lazar; 7 grandchildren; brother Jeff. Hillside

Maurice Hellman died April 22 at 99. Survived by daughter Judy (Ted) Singer; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Ethel Klein died March 25 at 96. Survived by daughter Pamela Alexander; son Michael (Charline); 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Samuel Levine died March 17 at 20. Survived by mother Deborah. Malinow and Silverman

Ann Lipsman died April 15 at 97. Survived by son Walter (Lisa Rosenbaum); daughter Mary (Jeffrey) Schnacher; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Milton Malatt died March 26 at 94. Survived by sister Esther Kahn. Malinow and Silverman

Blossom Malter died April 16 at 91. Survived by niece Kathryn M. (Ray) Giles. Mount Sinai

Fay Marcus died March 25 at 89. Survived by daughter Diane Brandon; son Steven; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Arthur Minky died April 23 at 92. Survived by daughter Jill (Brian) Munn; sons Robert (Christine), Michael (Susan); 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Richard Mosk died April 17 at 76. Survived by wife Sandra; daughter Julie (Mark Druyan); son Matthew (Karen); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Nitza Niemann died April 14 at 87. Survived by daughter Ahdda Shur; son Michael (Carolyn); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Rose Nusbaum died April 22 at 91. Survived by daughter Cynthia (Joel) Feinstein; son Neil (Deborah); 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Shelley Resnik died March 26 at 65. Survived by daughter Jennifer (Bryan Weissman); 2 grandchildren; sister Sheryl (Joel) Krissman. Malinow and Silverman

Joyce Rothschild died March 18 at 92. Survived by daughters Beth, Lori, Joan (Rick) Brisard; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Malinow and Silverman

Dorothy Schaller died April 23 at 88. Survived by husband Solomon; son Ray Blatt; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Lee Schenker died April 17 at 85. Survived by daughters Janet (Barry) Schenker-Friedman, Barbara (Kent) Schenker-Johnson, Hilarie Shay; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Mount Sinai

Irene Schultz died March 27 at 89. Survived by daughter Natalie Madden. Malinow and Silverman 

Jack Seror died March 2 at 98. Survived by sons David (Deborah), Marc (Susan); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Joel E. Spitzer died April 19 at 61. Survived by brother Leonard (Jane); 2 nephews; 1 niece. Mount Sinai

Ann Stone died April 21 at 74. Survived by sons Gary (Cyndee) Stone, Jeffrey (Kimi), Jonathan; brother Alan (Karen) Pyenson; sister Phyllis (David) Snyder. Hillside

Esther Weinberger died April 15 at 97. Survived by nieces Judy Caraco, Louise Caraco, Diana Learner, Marcia (Chris) Heinegg, Deborah (Lee May) Learner-May; nephews Daniel (Polly) Morgenstern, Joel (Alana) Morgenstern; 1 cousin. Mount Sinai

Sally Yale died March 27. Survived by sons Tom (Karen), Kirby (Beth), Dan (Norine); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Conejo Mountain Memorial

Robert Yelin died April 21 at 74. Survived by wife Maxine; daughters Deborah (Robert) Satnick, Jennifer (Joshua) Kefer; son Daniel (Roxanne); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Obituaries: Week of May 13, 2016

Ruth Bello died April 5 at 92. Survived by brother David Goldstein; niece Linda. Mount Sinai

Peter Chernack died April 3 at 68. Survived by wife Rebecca; daughters Michelle Rose, Daniella. Mount Sinai

Miriam Cohen died April 12 at 93. Survived by son Andrew; 1 grandchild. Hillside

Robert Cushnir died April 11 at 86. Survived by sons Andrew (Sharon Spira-Cushnir), Bruce David (Emmy), Raphael; daughter Randi Lynn; 6 grandchildren. Groman Eden

Charles Heller died March 24 at 101. Survived by wife Irma; son Brian; daughters Eileen Rogers, Sherry. Mount Sinai

Rose Katz died April 4 at 98. Survived by niece Marleen Goldstein. Hillside

Maurice Kornberg died April 4 at 89. Survived by wife Louise; sons Howard (Iris), Paul (Elyssa); daughter Marian; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Mitzi Lawson died April 3 at 89. Survived by son Larry (Laura); daughter Janis (Westly Baer); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Pamela Lever died April 12 at 72. Survived by son Mark (Maria); sisters Sheila Wallach, Marlene Capell. Hillside

Shirley Levey died April 10 at 95. Survived by son Michael (JoAnn); daughter Marilyn; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Arlene Harris. Hillside

Ann Lipsman died April 15 at 97. Survived by son Walter (Lisa Rosenbaum); daughter Mary (Jeffrey) Schnacher; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Mamie Lipsman died April 1 at 100. Survived by son Jeff (Elisabeth); daughter Andrea; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Stuart Lisell died April 12 at 82. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Stephanie; sons Bruce (Francie), Ronald (Bret Coker); 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Hope Rosenblum. Mount Sinai

Judy Livingston died April 7 at 77. Survived by daughters Stacey (Jack) Richards, Sharon (Clay) Helton, Janet (Martin) Mc-Knight: 10 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Arlyne Lynn died April 2 at 69. Survived by son Chad (Jackie); brothers Marvin Tiano, Jack (Cathy) Tiano, Norman (Marianne) Tiano; nieces and nephews. Mount Sinai

Michael Marks died April 14 at 91. Survived by wife Susan; sons Harold, Eugene. Mount Sinai

Suzanne Moultout died April 4 at 88. Survived by son Gerard (Josefina); daughters Carole, Corrinne (Larry) Schuster; 5 grandchildren; sister Anna Burman. Groman Eden

Albert Newman died April 5 at 91. Survived by wife Shirley; daughters Elisa (Andrew White), Linda (Omri) Lior, Rosalind (John) Osterman; 11 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother Dick ( Gayle). Mount Sinai

Tatyana Pesin died April 9 at 80. Survived by husband Vladimir; sons Alexander (Alla), Vyacheslav; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Hope Rankell died April 10 at 56. Survived by husband Steven; sons Jordan Michael, Bradley Evan; mother Gladys Jaffe; brother Steven Jaffe. Mount Sinai

Ruth Schwartz died April 9 at 93. Survived by son Stuart (Chelley Maple); 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother Sonny Reimer. Hillside

Eta Seltzer died April 14 at 90. Survived by daughters Elaine, Tzerl. Hillside

Samuel Seltzer died April 9 at 90. Survived by daughters Elaine, Tzerl; 3 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Jack Seymour Sperber died April 12 at 88. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Teri (Ron) Sellz, Marcia (Lyle) Michelson, Carol (Larry) Ross; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Spielman died April 5 at 94. Survived by son Mike; daughter Roselee (Blaine) Sauser; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside

Alan Stuart died April 14 at 72. Survived by son Andrew; brother Mickey (Gail) Scheinbaum; sister Corinne Pearlman; companion Lauren Brodsky. Mount Sinai

Rebeca Tabak died April 5 at 92. Survived by daughters Aida (Abraham) Kaufer, Vivian; 6 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Vita Tannenbaum Green died April 14 at 86. Survived by husband Leonard Green; son Michael Tannenbaum; daughters Joan (Yossie) Ziff, Julie (Gilad) Zevo-Israel; 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Israel Weisberg died April 14 at 77. Survived by daughters Wendy (Derlin) Brynford-Jones, Suzanne (David) Lynn; 2 granddaughters; brother Herb. Mount Sinai

Sherri White died April 7 at 64. Survived by son Ryan; daughter Jennifer (Nick Saini); 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Jay Winthrop died April 1 at 93. Survived by wife Ruth; sons Marc (Ann), Stuart (Betsy); daughters Cheryl (David) Stern, Ellen (Gary) Michel, Gail; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Sam Berman, social service leader, 93

Samuel Berman, former executive director of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in Los Angeles, died in Reseda last month. He was 93. 

Berman grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., served in the Army and was happily married to Norma for 64 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and his master’s from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Berman dedicated his career to helping children and families. He directed residential treatment centers in Chicago and St. Louis, and served as assistant director of the Child Welfare League of America in New York. While executive director of Vista Del Mar, a position he held from 1973 to 1987, he received the Koshland Award for outstanding administrator of a social service agency in California. During this time, Berman also served as executive director of the Reiss-David Child Study Center, Home-Safe Child Care and the Julia Ann Singer Center. It was under his leadership that those agencies became affiliates of Vista.

When Berman retired in 1987, the California Senate issued a proclamation saying he had “dedicated a life of singular devotion to the emotional health and well-being of children and their families” and “the State of California is indeed fortunate to have a citizen of the stature of Samuel P. Berman, who is not only willing to give of himself extensively to the community, but who also possesses sufficient confidence, drive, and determination to make a success of his efforts.”

Berman’s family held a private funeral service at Fountain View, a retirement home for active seniors. He is survived by daughter Judy (Alan), son-in-law Haim, grandchildren Lisa, Aaron, and David (Lauren), and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma, and daughter Diane.

Donations can be made to Vista Del Mar, SOVA or a charity of your choice. 

Obituaries: Week of April 29, 2016

Estelle Allen died March 27 at 85. Survived by daughters Cathy (Lou) Gerrard, Lori (Carl) Kent; son Robert (Cameron); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Vladimir Barkon died March 15 at 90. Survived by wife Yelena; sons Victor (Ludmilla), Yakov (Angela); daughter Svetlana (Michael) Grois; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister Ludmilla (Mark) Panich. Mount Sinai

Rafael “Ralph” Baum died March 22 at 94. Survived by son Jack (Maxine); daughter Ruchama (Richard) Van Allen; 7 grandchildren; 1 great -grandson. Mount Sinai

Herbert Berger died March 26 at 80. Survived by wife Romina Sandajan; daughters Aishe, Ilona; stepson Joel (Jenny) Cipriano; stepdaughter Joanne Sandajan; brother Robert Berger. Mount Sinai

Vera Berrin died March 16 at 94. Survived by daughters Susan (Steven Zipperstein), Gail (Bob) Woskow. Hillside

Ellen Birenbaum died March 26 at 65. Survived by husband David; daughter Anna (Damien) Daurio; son Steven (Paola); 5 grandchildren; brother John Steffin. Mount Sinai

Phyllis Blivas died March 12 at 87. Survived by daughters Judy (Henry) Borenstein, Lynda; son Larry (Julie); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Serena Blumenfeld died March 29 at 89. Survived by daughter Cherry (Paul) Rothstein; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; sister Toba Chik. Mount Sinai

Kenneth Bodenstein died March 20 at 79. Survived by wife Diane Lerner; son Todd; daughter Leslie (Jason); 3 grandchildren; sister Elaine (Rudy) Polack. Hillside

Harold Brown died March 9 at 97. Survived by daughter Marsha (Jeff Lemler); son Howard (Barbara Miropol). Hillside

Marilyn Brown died March 14 at 87. Survived by sons Peter (Stephanie), Ross (Wendy); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Harriet Cadish died March 19 at 97. Survived by son Robert (Rosie); 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild; sister Betty Woodford. Hillside

Natalie Calmenson died March 27 at 85. Survived by son Bart (Jaylene); 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; sister Martha Feuerstein. Mount Sinai

Harold Cherness died March 10 at 93. Survived by wife Carolyn; daughter Janel (Marshall) Bloom; son Darryl (Amy); 8 grandchildren. Hillside

Fay Cohen died March 26 at 96. Survived by son Arthur (Sharon Kee); 3 grandchildren; 1 step-grandson; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Martha Cohen died March 15 at 87. Survived by son Robert (Christine). Mount Sinai

Harold Cosel died March 29 at 94. Survived by sons Gary, Stephen, Scott; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Philip Alexander Cramer died March 11 at 81. Survived by wife Carol; sons Benjamin (Julie), Michael (Dana), David (Jean); daughter Rona (Dale) Kelley; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Marriam (Al) Ring; brother Mort. Mount Sinai

Ruth Ann Cranow died March 20 at 81. Survived by son Steve (Nikki); 2 grandsons; brother Ronnie Hantman. Mount Sinai

Arthur Coleman Diamond died March 9 at 90. Survived by son David Perry; daughter Stefanie Perrie; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Cecile Dollinger died March 21 at 88. Survived by son Mitchell (Melanie) Rosenberg; daughters Gale Rosenberg, Karen (Bennett Auslaneder) Rosenberg-Auslaender; 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sabina Drobner died March 21 at 80. Survived by son Boris (Faina) Grager; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernard Entin died March 18 at 97. Survived by sons Hershey, Jerry (Carman), Dennis (Sharon); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Bernice Erlichman died March 15 at 93. Survived by daughters Roselyn Ornstein, Wendy Milich. Hillside

Fay Feuerlicht died April 1 at 96. Survived by son Sammy (Susanne); daughter Gail (Isaac) Kaver; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Chevra Kadisha

Lea B. Finkelstein died March 17 at 95. Survived by nephews Marc Katz, Jerry Alan Katz, David Katz, Norman Katz, Barry Katz; 2 sisters-in-law. Mount Sinai

Neil Fischer died March 12 at 79. Survived by wife Judy; daughter Karyn (Scott) Noskin; son Edward (Michele); 4 grandchildren; sister Barbara Hergott. Mount Sinai

Louise Fisher died March 30 at 84. Survived by daughters Lori (Kevin) Thompson, Kathy (Philip) Davis; sister Claire Heimler. Mount Sinai

Marilyn Fried died March 20 at 91. Survived by daughters Susan (Nathan) Adlen, Berandine (Alex Shohet); son Tony; 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Dorothy Friedman died March 21 at 89. Survived by daughter Ilene Dennis; 3 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rae Friedman died March 31 at 63. Survived by brothers Leonard (Rebecca), Jay (Shelli); 5 nieces. Mount Sinai

Edythe Gale died March 19 at 88. Survived by daughter Andrea Gale-Ferreira; sons Shelley (Dayle), Robert; 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Nettie W. Gam died April 2 at 90. Survived by daughter Sandra (John) Gam Canadoy; 1 grandson. Groman Eden

Leonard Gordon died March 23 at 98. Survived by wife Linda; son Eric (Randy); daughter June (Richard) Weiner; 11 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Gogi Grant died March 10 at 91. Survived by son Joshua (Jennifer) Beckett; daughter Jeri Brown; 1 grandchild; sister Nikki Reinisch; brother Norman Arinsberg. Hillside

Caryn Jo Gray died March 13 at 60. Survived by husband Richard; daughters Michelle, Danielle; brother Craig Cohen. Hillside

Irwin Lloyd Green died March 15 at 86. Survived by wife Dorothy; daughter Paula; sons Matthew, Robert; 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Doris Greenberg died March 30 at 83. Survived by son Mark (Frida); daughter Elaine (Mark) Greenberg Barnett; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Guta Gruzen died March 12 at 90. Survived by husband Jack; son Ronald (Suzy); daughters Lila (Brian Link), Louise (Rod) Roberts; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Susana Vinacur; brother Micha Golan. Groman Eden

Johanna Gunter died March 16 at 59. Survived by husband Jeffrey; daughter Sophie; son Simon; sister Marrije Weereltz. Hillside

David Harbuck died March 16 at 45. Survived by wife Jill; daughter Haley; son Cooper; mother Barbara; father James. Hillside

Muriel M. Helfenbein died March 16 at 88. Survived by son Eric (Cheryl Anton); daughter Lisa Nelson; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Rose Jaffe died March 16 at 93. Survived by daughters Debra (Rick) Powell, Sunnye (Richard) Tuch; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Sara Kasif died March 13 at 91. Survived by son Gil (Jennifer); 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Janice Ruth Kessler died March 16 at 85. Survived by sons David (Denise), Adam J. (Candy); 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Joan Tubman. Mount Sinai

Stanley Kimmel died March 22 at 80. Survived by wife Kathy Jones; son Harold; daughter Lisa; 1 granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Irwin Joesph Klorman died April 1 at 61. Survived by brothers Danny, Andrew, William (Tracy); sister Sandra (Doug) Fowler; ex-wife Diana Benson; stepbrother Michael Darcy. Mount Sinai

Estelle Korn died March 24 at 87. Survived by son Jerrold (Ellen); 1 grandchild. Hillside

Edmond Kramer died March 14 at 80. 

Lilian Kupferwasser died March 15 at 72. Survived by husband Marcelo; sons Arie (Ximina), Ronnie; 1 brother-in-law. Mount Sinai

Leonora Lane died April 1 at 92. Survived by daughter Roberta (Gary) Solomon; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Irving (Pat Villio) Hyman; 1 daughter-in-law. Mount Sinai

Arline Lerner died March 15 at 77. Survived by partner Philip Reisman; son Ron (Julie); daughter Jneice Graber; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Estelle Janet Lipman died March 19 at 82. Survived by daughters Michele, Joyce (Robert) Aldoroty, Debbie (Jim) Manuel, Denice (Steve) Bishop; sons Glenn (Janet), Steve (Bobbie); 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister Marian Loth. Mount Sinai

Susan Lorman died March 21 at 74. Survived by husband Peter; daughters Carrie, Stephanie (Sandy); son Mark; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Shirley Luevano died March 9 at 90. Survived by husband Daniel; son Mark (Anetta); daughter Mary; 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Emanuel Mandelman died March 20 at 87. Survived by wife Sharon; daughters Nina (Richard Leto), Stephanie (Shane) Damelin; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Erwin Marine died March 5 at 91. Survived by wife Luanne; son Scott; 1 aunt; 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Edward Marks died March 13 at 100. Survived by son Stephen (Katherine); daughter Julie (Charles) Marks-Faerkin; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Edward Medvene died March 15 at 85. Survived by daughters Jaime (Rachel Nielsen), Linda (Steve Cirigliano); son Daniel (Leah Marquez); 3 grandchildren. Hillside

Ralph Mellman died March 31 at 91. Survived by wife Sally; daughters Jill, Mindy; son David (Melissa); 2 grandchildren. Hillside

Samuel Miller died March 9 at 77. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Lynda (Jacob) Manaster, Myla (Lawrence) Kovac; sons Mark, Michael; 7 grandchildren; sisters Miriam (Willie) Saltz, Dossie Marcus. Hillside

Esther Moadeb died March 22 at 93. Survived by sons Ness (Judy), Elie (Eleanor), Isaac, Joseph; daughter Fern Shulrufer, 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Helen Nichunsky died March 16 at 87. Survived by cousins Bertha Fox, Joanne Fox-Aunet, Rosalie (Dan) Huntington. Mount Sinai

Stanley Orzech died March 11 at 90. Survived by daughters Martha (Steven) Spector, Dorothy (Bruce) Spector; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Samuel Ostiller died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughter Susan Hartman; son David; 5 grandchildren; brother James. Hillside

Roslyn Ostrovsky died April 3 at 88. Survived by daughters Harriet (Richard) Ross, Susan (Elliot) Mahn, Maureen (Jack) Conner; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Harvey Firestone, Jack (Bea) Firestone. Mount Sinai

Sulamyf Palchik died April 1 at 93. Survived by daughter Ludmilla Gleyzer; 1 grandson. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Paller died March 20 at 93. Survived by sons Ron (Carol), Gary (Julie), Ken (Marcia); 4 grandsons; 1 great-granddaughter. Mount Sinai

Cecilia Pinski died March 29 at 88. Survived by son Charles (Adele) Lerman; 4 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Carol Pinto died March 30 at 76. Survived by son Evan (Lindsay); daughter Rachel; 3 grandchildren; sister Sarah Brodovsky Arsone. Mount Sinai

Philip Radin died March 28 at 62. Survived by daughter Kayla; son Jeremy; sisters Allison Goldberger, Suzan Flamm; brother Jeffrey Scott. Mount Sinai

Esther Raphael died March 28 at 78. Survived by husband Mark; daughter Lisa; stepson Randall; stepdaughter Susan S. Garner; brother Melvin (Abbey) Margolis. Mount Sinai

Clara Ravitz died March 27 at 90. Survived by daughter Nancy (Norman MacDonald) Soloman; son Richard; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, sister Minnie (Stan) Chortkoff. Mount Sinai

Mordechai Rechtshaid died March 18 at 81. Survived by wife Lois; sons Daniel (Luanne), Jeremy (Francis); daughter Stephanie; 2 grandchildren; brother Israel. Mount Sinai

Betty Reich died March 15 at 92. Survived by husband Melvin; son Michael (Stacey); daughter Gloria; 4 grandchildren; sisters Rose Kasiner, Mary Mindel. Chevra Kadisha

Charles Riskin died March 21 at 85. Survived by wife Roslyn; daughter Lee (Jeff) Marchesani; sons Richard (Lori), Steve (Jessica Clements); 8 grandchildren; brother Ira. Mount Sinai

Evelyn Gray Robbins died March 23 at 88. Survived by daughter Jane (Richard) Metz; son Peter (Mugda); 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irwin Rosenblum died March 12 at 87. Survived by wife Rae; son Ron (Jackie); daughter Shana; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside

Maria Rosenstein died March 22 at 103. Survived by daughters Sarah (Gary) Cramer, Jenny (Bruce) Safaee; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Harvey Roth died March 27 at 83. Survived by wife Joan; daughters Audrey Okaneko, Feige (David) Devorah Emry; son Gregg; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Stanley Rothman died April 3 at 76. Survived by wife Bonnie; son Steven (Mo Chin); daughter Wendy Alexander; 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Linda Rozio died March 26 at 88. Survived by son Zacky; 3 grandchildren; 1 niece. Hillside

Lois Samuel died March 21 at 81. Survived by husband Louis Herberd Samuel; daughter Lisa; stepdaughter Brenda Seagell. Mount Sinai

Esther Schned died March 11 at 88. Survived by daughter Ellen; son Harry (Patty); 1 grandchild. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Shapiro died March 11 at 94. Survived by daughters Sandy (Roland) Terranova, Nikki (Chris) Cotton; 5 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 2 nieces. Mount Sinai

Jack Silberkleit died March 24 at 72. Survived by wife Nancy; daughters Kelly (Tim) Prather, Lindsay (Gregg) Schiff-Abrams, Allison Serber, Tricia Graup; stepsons Mitchell (Nancy) Renberg, Devin (Silvi) Renberg; stepdaughter Elissa Renberg; 16 grandchildren; sister Jill. Hillside

Stanley R. Sludikoff died March 12 at 80. Survived by wife Ann; daughters Lisa (Mark) Morris, Jaime (Steve) Geffner, Bonnie. Mount Sinai

Lynn Solomon died March 27 at 74. Survived by husband Jerry; daughters Rhonda, Randi; son Robby; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers-in-law. Hillside

Sandra Stein died March 11 at 77. Survived by son Michael (Sonja Wend); daughter Lois (Russell) Singer; 4 grandchildren. Hillside

Florence Steinberg died March 9 at 81. Survived by daughter Sheryl (Sam) Ornelas; sons Aubrey, Leonard; 8 grandchildren; 1 greatgrandchild. Mount Sinai

Dorrit St. John died March 9 at 91. Survived by son Len (Linda); 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Ginette Vandenskrick died April 2 at 93. Survived by daughter Catherine (Rick Gregory) Bambadji; 1 grandson; 3 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Fransisco Vidrio died March 24 at 86. Survived by daughters Lea Barela, Lynn Luy, Danielle Hernandez-Romero, Susan Abelardo, Marissa; 12 grandchildren; sisters Jesus Camacho, Clemencia Rodriguez, Guadalupe; brothers Rafael, Alfredo. Hillside

Victor White died March 26 at 89. Survived by wife Marilyn; daughter Edith (Douglas) Achterman; sons Philip (Vicki), Daniel (Amy Ettinger); 5 grandchildren. Hillside

Elliot Wien died March 21 at 88. Survived by daughters Jill (David) Wien Badger, Linda (Mike); son Keith (Michelle). Hillside

Morris Wolfred died March 11 at 85. Survived by wife Rita; daughters Robynne (Rick) Smith, Karen (Jim McNally), Joan (Thierry) Matti; 2 grandchildren; sister Jean Nagourney. Hillside

Dena Yosfan died March 21 at 40. Survived by husband Benjamin; son Joshua; daughter Leah; father Scott Lookholder; mother Juliana Lookholder. Mount Sinai

Jack Zimerman died March 19 at 91. Survived by daughters Nancy (Mike) Neiman, Marlene (Jeff) Kohn; sons David, Jeffrey; 2 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Selma Zweig died March 15 at 89. Survived by sons Stephan, Donald (Maureen Hogan); daughter Alene; 1 grandson. Hillside

Martin Gray, author of best-selling Holocaust memoir, dies at 93

Martin Gray, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor whose memoir about his experiences during World War II inspired a successful TV miniseries, has died at 93.

Gray was found in the swimming pool of his second home in Ciney, Belgium, but officials said no foul play was suspected, the BBC reported.

In 1971, the Warsaw native born as Mietek Grayewski published “For Those I Loved,” a best-selling autobiography about life in the ghetto, his escape from the death camp Treblinka and his experiences fighting in the Soviet army. The book also addressed the 1970 death of his wife and four children in a house fire.

Written in French with a co-author, “For Those I Loved” was translated into 26 languages and sold 30 million copies, according to the BBC. The miniseries aired in Europe in 1985.

The book was not without controversy, however, with some critics deriding it as a hoax. However, Nazi hunter Serge Klarfeld told Agence France Press that he believed Gray’s story.

According to the European Jewish Press, Gray immigrated to the United States in 1946. He later moved to southern France and then Belgium.

“Martin Gray was a monument who tried to promote democracy with the experiences of his life,” said the mayor of Ciney, Jean-Marie Cheffert, the BBC reported. “He was a charming man and a great humanist.”