Chapter Eternal


Join us in mourning those brothers who have entered the Chapter Eternal.

Alan M. Abromovitz, Alpha Omicron (University of Arizona) 1967

A beautiful life of love, faith and wonderment came to a sudden yet peaceful end on the warm evening of May 10, 2017 as Dr. Alan Mark Abromovitz, surrounded by his beloved family, was called to his rest. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Daniel Abromovitz. Surviving to treasure his memory are his wife, Lorin (Finn) Abromovitz, his children, Michael, Joshua and Stacie Abromovitz, as well as his siblings, Merle Jeanne (Dr. Stanley) Milstein and Gary B. (Paula) Abromovitz, along with a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and patients who loved him dearly.

His life began on September 10, 1945 in Tempe, Arizona and spanned over 70 years of unconditional love for family, friends and patients. An exceptional man, who devoted his time on earth to healing and serving the mind, body and spirit, Dr. Abromovitz practiced medicine for over 40 years and was a renowned healer, teacher, author, Master of Acupuncture and adjunct Professor of Osteopathic manipulation at Michigan State University School of Medicine. A pioneer in the field of alternative medicine, Dr. Abromovitz was a founding member of the Arizona Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners, and dedicated his practice to the drug-free treatment of chronic pain and limitation of function. Dr. Abromovitz was known as the man to call when traditional medical remedies failed to work.

A lifelong native of Phoenix, Dr. Abromovitz attended Central High School and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. His passion for his fellow man led him to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended The University of Tennessee School of Medicine. It was in Memphis that he met Lorin Finn. Lorin and Alan met, fell in love, and within a year were engaged to be married. Over the next forty plus years they built a life of joy, love and comfort for their children. Despite Dr. Abromovitz’s extensive accolades and accomplishments, his proudest achievement was playing the role of father to his four cherished children. We are so proud of you, Dad. You are our whole world, and we will spend the rest of our lives cherishing your memory and living in your honor. Always and forever. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Norton Thorasic Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital ( Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Originally published in The Arizona Republic.


Donald N. Brightman, Alpha Mu (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) 1960

Rightman, Donald N. 79, of Newton Centre and Hull, Massachusetts, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts died after a brief illness on Sunday, March 11, 2018. For 56 years, the beloved husband of Louise (Weiler) also of Brookline. Devoted father of Jill Robyn Griffin (Brightman), Heath “Hank” J. Brightman, and Ross Edward Brightman, and father-in-law of Lori Brightman (Mann). Adored grandfather of Nolan Robert Griffin and Declan Bryce Griffin. Dear brother of the late Shepard Alan Brightman, Saul J. Brightman, and brother-in-law of Arline Brightman. Dog Dad to Butterscotch (poodle) and Beatrix Ruth(shi-tzu).

A professional educator for more than 30 years, Don held positions ranging from teacher to principal in several Massachusetts public school systems, the longest of which was Weymouth, where he served as an elementary school principal for more than 20 years. Don had a second career as a realtor in residential properties. He was a dedicated Master Mason in several lodges, who served as Past Master of United Lodge. A proud Alumni of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Class of 1960) and former U.S. Army Officer during the 1960s, he maintained close friendships with both UMass classmates and Army buddies throughout his life. His greatest loves were reading, enjoying time on the beach in Nantasket, European travel, and spending time with his wife, grandsons, and dogs.
Services will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston (parking along the Riverway) on Thursday, March 15 at Noon. Burial will follow at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, 350 Grove St., West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Scituate Animal Shelter, 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Scituate, MA 02066. Levine Chapels (617) 277-8300

Originally published in The Boston Globe.


Robert B. Cohen, Iota (Dickinson College) 1954

Attorney Robert B. Cohen of Bloomfield, CT, formerly of West Hartford, CT, died peacefully in his home on Monday, June 5, 2017, at the age of 84. Bob was the loving husband of Mary Lou (Whitty) Cohen. Born in Scranton, PA, and raised in Margate, NJ, he was the son of the late George and Ray Cohen. In 1954 he graduated from Dickinson College and in 1957 he received his Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his professional career as an associate at Cole and Cole in Hartford, CT. The firm later became known as Wilson, Asbel & Channin where he became a Partner. In 1983 he became Senior Partner with Cohen & Channin. He later started his own firm in Hartford, CT. Since 1996, he served as Counsel with Levy & Droney, Professional Corporation in Farmington, CT. In 1957 Attorney Cohen was admitted to the Connecticut and United States District Court of Connecticut and the United States Connecticut Appeals Court. In 1958 he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and in 1985 before the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.

He was a contributing author of the Directory of State Environmental Agencies and Foundational Requirements for Admissibility of Expert Testimony. Attorney Cohen was a former chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals in West Hartford; a member of the American Bar Association; Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County Bar Association where he lectured as well; the American Trial Lawyers Association; the Defense Research Institute and was a past president of the Dickinson Club. He also sat on boards at the Jewish Community Center and was a board member and contributor at the Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.

Robert Cohen was a leading environmental attorney in Connecticut. His career highlights include; fighting for the Mohegan Tribe land rights as well as winning one of the first asbestos cases. Bob was happiest on or in the water. He loved vintage car restoration, British racing cars, travel, skiing, fine arts and design, as well as a good mystery novel.

Besides his wife, Bob leaves his children: Melissa A. Cohen of Rhinebeck, NY, Gail A. Cohen of Sebastopol, CA, and Lawrence G. Cohen and his wife Amy of Weston, CT, from his first marriage to Joan Simon Cohen. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jan S. (Cohen) Stessman. He also leaves his son-in-law, Aaron Stessman of Petaluma CA; his grandchildren: Madeline and Emma Stessman, Caleb and Luc Stone, and Henry and Abby Cohen; his step-children: Beth Whitty (Scott Szymanski), Sue Whitty (Andrew Zehner), and Rob Whitty (Kim); and was Bobby to Emma, Nell and Harry Zehner, and Jake and Ellie Whitty.

The family would like to thank Bob’s caregiver, Farida Lumbanga, for her exceptional care, love and friendship over the years. Additionally, they would like to thank Masonicare Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and support.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, 200 Whitman Avenue, West Hartford. Immediately following the interment the family will receive relatives and friends at Bob and Mary Lou’s residence, 1 Kensington Park, Bloomfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), 912 Killian Hall Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, online at, or the Susan G. Komen, Dept. 41831, P.O.Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75244, online at, in memory of his daughter, Jan. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Bob, please visit online at

Originally published in The Hartford Courant.


Burton M. Gold, Beta (Cornell University) 1951

Gold, Burton Burton M. Gold, 88, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on July 29, 2017. He was predeceased by his late wife, Lenore E. Gold, his brother, Roy E. Gold, and his parents, Mildred and William Gold. Burt was born on April 7, 1929 in New York City. Originally a resident of Mt. Vernon, NY, he later resided in New Rochelle, NY and then moved to Atlanta in 1969, where in addition to his business interests, he was active in both the civic and Jewish communities. He received a B. C. E. degree as a Civil Engineer from Cornell University in 1951, followed by military service during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps. He was the founder, Chairman and CEO of Stratton Industries, Inc., an industry-leading producer of commercial/institutional carpets marketed around the world. The company was sold to WestPoint Pepperell in late 1986, and the Stratton name lives on as part of Shaw Industries, a Berkshire Hathaway company. His biography has been included in “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest” and in “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.”

Following retirement, he was engaged in marketing, consulting, and real estate investment. Burt’s commitment to philanthropy was a lifelong passion. He served as Atlanta Israel Bond Chairman and in numerous capacities with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, including its Board of Trustees, General Campaign Chairman, Vice President, and President of the Endowment Fund. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Further, Burt served as Chairman of the Southeast Region of the Anti-Defamation League. He is a lifetime Honorary National Commissioner of the ADL and a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Regional Office of the American Jewish Committee. He also served as Treasurer and Vice President of The Temple and as a member of its Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of The Standard Club, where he was an avid golfer. A devoted Cornell University alumnus, he generously donated an art collection and gallery to the Johnson Museum of Art. He served as Chairman of The Georgia Business Community for the Arts, and was past Chairman of the Carpet and Rug Institute trade association. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the High Museum of Art, to which he donated an extraordinary collection of contemporary art in memory of his late wife, Lenore, and the Lenore and Burton Gold Gallery.

He was the 1983 recipient of the Atlanta Chapter American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award, received the Carpet and Rug Institute Humanitarian Award in 1988, was the 1990 city-wide honoree of Atlanta Israel Bonds, and in 1999 was the national honoree of the Anti-Defamation League, receiving the Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award at the ADL National Commission Meeting in Atlanta.

He and his late wife, Lenore E. Gold, were the parents of four daughters and sons-in-law: Joanne Gold and Andy Stern (Baltimore, MD), Lauren and Jim Grien (Atlanta), Janice and Andrew Dietz (Atlanta), and Pamela and Michael Alexander (Atlanta). He and his wife, Barbara Friedland Gold, enjoyed a loving, 20- year marriage, and his stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law are Lance and Susan Friedland (Alpharetta) and Myles and Janie Friedland (Tampa, FL). He was proud of all of his grandchildren: Daniel and Zachary Stern; Katie and Mark Littmann, Emily and Chase Warden, and Dylan Grien; Samantha and Jessie Dietz; Lenore, Maya and Nolan Alexander; Sam Friedland and his fiancee’, Tania Isacoff, Dave and Mariah Friedland; and Coleby and Dawson Friedland.

A special thanks to his loving and devoted caregivers: Bernard Mohale, Xavier Boykin, Kirt Moore, and Thiago Prago.

Burton M. Gold maintained residences in Delray Beach, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm, Monday, July 31, 2017 at The Temple, 1589 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Rabbi Peter Berg, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, and Cantor Deborah Hartman will officiate. Contributions in Burt’s memory can be made to The Temple, Atlanta, GA, The Anti Defamation League, and The William Breman Jewish Home. Sign on-line guestbook: Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.


Edward S. Green, Omicron (Syracuse University) 1947

Edward S. Green, born in Syracuse on September 3, 1927, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2017, following complications from a stroke on Valentine’s Day. No one who knows Eddie was surprised to hear that he was in the office, at age 89, on the day before his stroke.

Think Big was one of Eddie’s principal mottos in life, and his family nickname was Big Ed. He was also known to us as Mr. Syracuse, having been born, raised and educated in Syracuse, where he worked, raised a family, developed properties, mentored younger professionals and was devoted to every major community organization.

Eddie attended Nottingham high school, where he met his future wife, Joan Feder. They courted during his years at Syracuse University and her years at Cornell, and were married in 1949. They quickly went to work raising a family, living in DeWitt, and Eddie became a CPA and co-founded his initial accounting firm of Rudolph & Green. Realizing that he wanted a deeper understanding of the law to support his accounting work, he enrolled in law school at SU, while continuing his accounting practice. Upon graduation from law school, the accounting firm was joined by a companion law firm, and by 1981 the two side-by-side firms became Green & Seifter, a growing presence in the city.

Meanwhile, Eddie and Joan were raising 3 children, introducing them to the joys of winter in Syracuse and the outdoor life at camps in the Adirondacks and Ontario in the summer. These years included a multitude of hair-raising 8-hour drives to northern Vermont for family ski vacations, where Stowe became a home away from home, and where frostbite became a reality.

As his accounting and legal practices grew, Eddie naturally became introduced to, and deeply interested in, the many charitable, civic, educational, theatrical and arts organizations in Syracuse. During his professional career he served on the boards, and usually had a stint as chair, of the Syracuse Symphony, the Syracuse Jewish Federation, Everson Museum, Syracuse Stage, the Gifford Foundation, the Interreligious Council, the West Side Initiative, the Syracuse International Film Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Community Foundation. Eddie was a trustee at his beloved Syracuse University for many years, where he also served on several committees under four separate Chancellors. He had a penchant for building projects in Syracuse and bringing in investors, and over the years was instrumental in the development, ownership or management of many properties, including Crouse Physicians Office Building, Limestone Tennis Club, The State Tower Building, Presidential Plaza, and the Marx Hotel.

Eddie and Joan eventually settled in Cazenovia in 1971, where they hosted and entertained rotating hordes of family, friends, business associates, charitable organizations and the occasional politician (including a memorable backyard fundraiser for Hillary Clinton during her first NY Senate campaign in 1999, to which then-President Clinton tagged along as well). As a Cazenovia resident, Eddie naturally got involved on the boards of Cazenovia College, the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association, and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation. He was the #1 Fan of Joan’s gourmet cooking, and the principal beneficiary of her many Chinese, Italian and French banquets and her memorable Cazenovia summer barbeques. Eddie was serious about his physical fitness, and over the years was a tennis player, a swimmer, a runner (having completed the NY Marathon for his 57th birthday), and a skier, first in the early years in Vermont and during the last 30 years in Snowbird, Utah. He and Joan were devoted and adventurous travelers, and found themselves on many hiking and skiing trips to Europe, a safari in Tanzania and climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro to celebrate his 60th birthday, tours of China, Vietnam, Singapore, Russia, and many memorable educational trips with Syracuse University. He not only thought big, he showed us how to do it.

Eddie maintained his busy legal and accounting practice until retiring from Green & Seifter in 2000, at which point he founded an investment advisory firm, Edward S. Green & Associates, in association with his daughter Nancy.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Joan; children Jill (Bill Johnson) of Napa, CA; Bill (Diane Whitney) of San Francisco, and their two children Alexander and Whitney; and Nancy (Tony Marschall) of Cazenovia, and their two children Zachary and Ted. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothy Greenstein, and his sister, Helen Pierson.

A memorial service and celebration of the life of Big Ed will be held at Temple Concord, 910 Madison Street, Syracuse, at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 6, with calling hours at the Temple preceding the service from 11:30 to 1:00. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Syracuse Jewish Federation or to The Francis House, where Eddie spent his last few days surrounded by his family and the loving and wonderful hospice staff and volunteers. Never Wait for a Better Day. Date of Death: March 2, 2017


Paul F. Harris, Jr., Gamma Epsilon (Marshall University) 1969

Newark, DE – Paul F. Harris, Jr., age 70, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Christiana Hospital. He was born on March 9, 1947 in Charleston, WV, to the late Paul F., Sr., and Virginia Shafer Harris.

A skilled musician, Paul earned his Bachelors Degree from Marshall University, where he was the Drum Major in the marching band. While at Marshall, he was a member of the ZBT Gamma Epsilon Fraternity. He went on the earn his Masters at West Chester University. Passing his love of music to the next generations, Paul taught string instruments at several schools within the Christina School District from which he retired. He also played with the Delaware Symphony and the Newark Symphony. He enjoyed all styles of music but his first love was classical.

Paul enjoyed sailing and taught himself to sail by purchasing a small sunfish sailboat and eventually mastering a 40-foot sloop. He, his wife, and friends could be found sailing the waters of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the beauty and serenity of the waterways. He was also a stamp collector and an avid reader and was known for his “Special sense of humor”.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia; brother, Edward Wayne Harris and his wife, Carla, of Crestview, FL; sisters, Patricia Bowman and her husband, Jim, of Richlandtown, PA, Donna Hager and her husband, Keith, of Charleston, WV, and Janie Pierce and her husband, Steve, of New Martinsville, WV; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.

A Celebration of Paul’s Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, Inc., 122 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Friends and family may visit one-hour prior beginning at 10:00 AM. Burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution checks can be made to the “Newark Symphony Orchestra” and sent c/o the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please visit

Originally published in The News Journal.


Harvey Karsh, Sigma (Tulane University) 1953

Doctor Harvey Barry Karsh, born September 23, 1931 of Denver passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on September 13, 2017. Harvey was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Louisa “Weegee” Karsh. He is survived by loving wife of 24 years Carol (Antonoff) Karsh, sons David and wife Peggy, Kevin, and Steven and wife Jodi, brother Jerry Karsh and his wife, Nan, grandchildren Sara and Jonathan Karsh, and loving family members Doug Antonoff, his daughter Lauren Antonoff, David and Wendy (Antonoff) Berman of Plantation, Florida, and their children Joshua and Katie Berman. He is also survived by step-daughters Lori (Winograd) Hayutin of Denver and Kelly (Winograd) Segal of Boston, and their respective children Zach, Halle, Willie, and Max. The funeral will be held at 11 am at Temple Emmanuel in Denver, Friday Sept 15, 2017 and internment at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Denver Hospice, who helped care for Harvey, and the Visiting Nurses Association, of which Harvey previously served as President for many years.


Jerome P. Magdovitz, Alpha Gamma (Vanderbilt University) 1957

Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi on August 6, 1935, Jerome Philip Magdovitz was the firstborn son of Lenabel May and Harry David Magdovitz. Jerome grew up from one end of Clarksdale to the other. He enjoyed living among a dozen aunts and uncles and nearly two dozen cousins. He attended Beth Israel Congregation in Clarksdale, becoming a Bar Mitzvah in 1948 and marking religious school confirmation in 1951.

Jerome found a particular interest in boy scouting. He made Eagle Scout, earned every merit badge, was tapped Order of the Arrow, and attended the 1952 and 1953 Boy Scout Jamborees. Jerome was the first scout in Mississippi to be awarded the Ner Tamid emblem, an award recognizing esteemed Jewish scouts.

Jerome graduated Clarksdale High School in the Class of 1953 and went on to Vanderbilt University, graduating in 1957. He maintained a lifelong loyalty to Vanderbilt, achieving recognition as an Oakleaf Society Partner of the university. He was also a life member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

Jerome married Barbara Ann Shepp in Chicago on August 7, 1957. Jerome and Barbara had met during a popcorn and movie date in Clarksdale when they were both 12 years old. That evening was set up by their parents, aunts, and uncles, many of whom were friends. Jerome and Barbara made their home in Memphis for 59 years.

After college, Jerome began working in furniture manufacturing, design, and distribution. He was a shareholder in Imperial Manufacturing Company, located in Memphis, TN, and Walls, MS; Plastics Laminates, Inc. of Walls, MS; and Continental Chair Company of Memphis, TN. Imperial Manufacturing Company was among the first employers in Desoto County, MS, to offer medical and retirement plan benefits for “field to factory” entry-level workers. Jerome also had a 25-year involvement with the United Furniture Workers of America; in addition, he was a trustee of the United Furniture Workers of America Pension and Medical Benefits Trust for many years.

Jerome served Shelby County, TN, and Desoto County, MS, as a special sheriff’s deputy. He served Memphis Juvenile Court as a youth probation officer, and he was a Mason, Lodge #118.

Jerome passed on November 9, 2017, and is preceded in death by his wife of fifty-nine years, Barbara Shepp Magdovitz, his son, Andrew Harris Magdovitz, his brother, Lawrence Magdovitz, and his parents.

He is survived by his son, Brad S. Magdovitz of Memphis; his daughter, Sharon M. Davis of Tarrytown, New York; his grandchildren, Andrew R. Magdovitz (Marissa) of Memphis, Dina F. Magdovitz of Orlando, FL, Austin J. Davis of New York, NY, Meredith J. Davis of San Francisco, CA, and Logan J. Davis of Los Angeles, CA; and his great-grandchildren, Rocky Magdovitz and Barrett Magdovitz of Memphis.

We are filled with love for this special man. Our dad and “Papaw” taught us how to throw, hit, kick, and catch a ball, how to ride a bicycle, how to ride a horse, how to drive a car (always starting with manual shift). He taught us that honesty, integrity, and loyalty are powerful tools for success, that charity and friendship are important aspects of a well-lived life. He was an upright example of love for his religion, as well as an overall pillar of direction, education, and protection.

Jerome was a 52-year member of Beth Shalom Synagogue in Memphis. Please send any donations to Beth Shalom Synagogue, Chabad, Vanderbilt University, Baptist Reynolds Hospice House or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Beth Sholom Memorial Gardens, 2265 Pate Road, Memphis, TN 38133

Originally published in The Commercial Appeal.


Bernard S. Mars, Eta (University of Pennsylvania) 1942

Bernard (Bud, a.k.a. Pop) S. Mars of Pittsburgh passed quietly away, June 11, 2017, at the age of 96, in the home that he loved. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 60 years, Barbara F. Mars. Bud was the son of Pittsburgh natives, Eva and Abe Mars. He leaves behind his three children, Sally Mars Carey, Peter Mars (Wendy), and Andy Mars (Cheryl); his five grandchildren, Bryn Mars, Morgan Schauffler (Derek), Ally Mars, Rebecca Mars, and Remy Feldman (Andrew); as well as his great-grandson, Grady Schauffler. Bud loved Pittsburgh; he attended Whiteman School, Taylor Allderdice, and finally graduated from Shady Side Academy.

For college he started at Franklin and Marshall, then completed his degree in business at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. In his youth, Bud spent many days at the YMWHA in Oakland, winning awards in swimming as a feisty competitor. Some of his best stories after swimming were about buying hot roast beef or turkey sandwiches and a coke for 20 cents. His summers were spent at sleep away camp where he was a color war captain. Bud then enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served in England as a paymaster.

After returning from the war, Bud married the former Barbara Foster at the Concordia Club. First working at his father’s wholesale grocery, A. L. Mars and Co., Bud soon joined his father in law’s business, L. B. Foster Company, initially selling pipe and used rail. Bud worked for L. B. Foster for more than 40 years, rising to the rank of Vice President and managing the company’s eastern region. His uncanny math skills supported his life as an active investor and later served him well as Chairman of Foster Holdings, Inc.

Bud was known for his warm smile and love of family. Barbara and Bud traveled the world with sister Eleanor and brother-in-law Harvey Goldstein. He enjoyed visiting his children, especially during their college days, singing fight songs and participating fully in all the events. Pop delighted in his five granddaughters and spent precious time with them both in Pittsburgh and in Barbara and Bud’s second home in Palm Springs. Bud loved the art of the game; he enjoyed playing both golf and cards with his many and varied friends. Thursday evening was gin night at the Concordia club, while weekends were spent at Westmorland Country Club. Bud’s love for golf was evidenced by the fact that he served as President of the Western PA Golf Association as well as Westmoreland Country Club. Bud was always the life of the party; the first and last on the dance floor, and continued to dance well into his 90’s at his granddaughter’s wedding.

Committed to the community, Bud took great pride in supporting many philanthropic causes both in Pittsburgh and around the world. He was an active participant with the United Jewish Federation and served as president of American Technion, supporting transplant research at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Along with his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchild, Uncle Bud adored his three nieces who he considered his additional children, Susie Guttman (Barney), Linda Matzkin (Joe), and Jane Haas (Charlie O’Donnell).

The family is extremely grateful for the many wonderful caregivers from the Caregiver’s Connection at Jewish Family & Children’s Services Pittsburgh, 5743 Bartlett Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 who helped him in his final years and which is where donations would be most appreciated. Services at RALPH SCHUGAR CHAPEL, INC., 5509 Centre Avenue, Shadyside on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 1 p.m. Visitation one hour prior to services, (12 Noon – 1 p.m.). Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation.


Bruce L. Perlmuth, Alpha Delta (University of Southern California) 1957

Bruce Lee Perlmuth, 81, of Palm Desert, California passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Rancho Mirage California. Bruce’s passions in life were his family, golf and his alma mater USC. Bruce is survived by the love of his life Rozzie, his daughter Vickie and husband Peter, daughter in law Erica and his grandchildren Brandon, Casey, Melanie, Jamie and Carli. Their son Craig passed away in 2004. Bruce truly exemplified the Spirit of Troy and his memories will forever FIGHT ON!

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times.


Sheldon Rein, Beta Iota (University of Minnesota) 1953

Rein, Sheldon M., 86, passed away on July 27, 2017. He is survived by Edith, his wife of 63 years; daughters, Nancy Rein and Judy Rein (Eric Hershberg). Sheldon was a retired engineer, champion chess player, member of the Louisville Rose Society, and rose show judge. He was a member of the Civil War Round Table and enjoyed playing tennis at the Louisville Indoor Racket Club. Sheldon was a founding member of the Louisville Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He willed himself to medical research and chose cremation after death. There will be no funeral.

Memorials may be made to the Louisville Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Bridgehaven of Louisville, or the Louisville Humane Society.

Originally published in The Courier-Journal.


Herbert L. Rice, Psi (University of Alabama) 1935

Herbert L. Rice, 89, of Pensacola, died Thursday, March 15, 2007. Mr. Rice was a born in Hacoda, AL on November 6, 1917. He grew up in Allentown, FL where he attended school and graduated high school. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII. Mr. rice was a Superintendent of Construction working under government contracts in Vietnam and Kuwait, as well as other construction jobs throughout the United States.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ellena Rice; parents Grover Cleveland and Fannie Mae Rice; sister Loyce Dykes; brothers Earl Rice and Nolan Rice.  Mr. Rice is survived by his three daughters Zola Nickerson (Peter), Mary Dilda (Roy), and Rita Catches (Jimmy); nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

A Private Family Service will be observed. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504. HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

Originally published in Pensacola News Journal.


Harvey E. Rosen, Iota (University of Denver) 1966

Harvey S. Rosen, 71, of El Paso, TX, passed Monday, December 11, 2017. Arrangements pending. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home, Highland, IL.

Originally published in Belleville News-Democrat.


Jay B. Ross, Alpha Kappa (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 1964

Jay B. Ross was a lawyer who worked in the areas of entertainment and music and counted as clients legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and James Brown.

Ross also was a mentor and friend to many young people in those fields including Rachael Cain, known as “Screamin’ Rachael,” who was an early promoter of the electronic dance music known as house music through her Trax Records label.

“Jay Ross was my mentor and my entree into the music business,” Cain said. “He saw me at a talent contest and he got me my first major label deal, out of New York. It was a million-dollar deal.”

Ross, 76, died of a heart attack March 1 in the North Side home where he had lived for many years, said his cousin, Jeffry Mandell.

He was born Bernard Rosenblatt in Brooklyn, proud that he and Abraham Lincoln shared a birthday. Both his parents died by the time he was 2 and he was adopted by an aunt and uncle who lived in Rockford, Ill., where he grew up. He graduated from Rockford West High School.

He went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received a bachelor’s degree in science before going to the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign and graduating in 1967, according to Mandell.

After passing the bar exam in 1968, Ross worked first for another lawyer and then on his own, developing a large personal-injury practice. “As the years went by, he got more and more interested in entertainment law,” said Mandell, who shared offices and practiced with Ross for a time.

Ross worked his way through college and law school booking bands for concerts, so he was well-known on the music scene.That led blues musician Muddy Waters to come to him about a problem he was having with an insurance company. “He thought I did a good job, so he passed my name to some of his friends,” Ross told the Tribune in 2008.

Willie Dixon, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Pops Staples, Dinah Washington and a long line of other entertainers soon became clients.

“Most of the work I did involved going after the people who weren’t paying my clients royalties,” he told the Tribune.

Oliver Torres, Ross’ office manager for the last 10 years, said “every day was an adventure” with Ross.

“He was always introducing me to new things – music, movies, food, authors,” Torres said. “You’d run into a lot of interesting people.”

Over the years, Ross was tenacious in getting artists what they felt they deserved. He also found time to host a TV show, “Jay B. Ross Backstage Pass”; lecture; teach courses on negotiation at Columbia College Chicago; and make an appearance as the “Rappin’ Lawyer” in a video with the tagline “Sue the bastards,” that can still be seen on YouTube.

“In high school and college, he was a terrific actor,” Mandell said. “He never really lost his love for acting.”

His YouTube appearances include a TV show with James Brown, who died in 2006. Cain said she and Ross attended “several” of Brown’s funerals. “Each time, Brown was dressed differently in the casket,” she said. That prompted Ross to remark, “Well, Mr. Brown is still the hardest-working man in show business.”

Cain, sometimes called the “queen of house music,” said Ross played an important role in supporting the artists that started the Chicago sound that came to be known as house music. “He just loved music. He loved all kinds of music,” Cain said. “We were all kids and we didn’t know a thing – and we weren’t made of money.”

Ross was an expert on intellectual property law, Cain said. Any time she needed to know something about publishing, trademarks or copyright, she went to Ross, as did others in her circle.

“He got us all going and steered us all. He was the only one who would help us out,” she said. “Thank God for Jay B. Ross.”

Ross set up the Jay B. Ross Foundation to foster education and networking in the music industry, including providing a forum for panels of experienced entertainers to share their experiences with younger people in the business.

Ross leaves no immediate survivors.

Plans are being made for a memorial gathering in April or May.

Originally published in the Chicago Tribune.


Leonard B. Schneir, Iota (University of Denver) 1962

Lenny Schneir, who grew up in Kew Gardens, and when his mother asked him what he wanted to eat, asked for 85 cents for a corned beef sandwich, is having supper out again now. Lenny, who went to Forest Hills High School with Simon and Garfunkel and, when he didn’t go out the back door of the school to play hooky,  out-Julioed Julio as the King of the Schoolyard,  is back again with a pocket knife and a swagger, pitching pennies. Lenny, who led a pack of kids onto the subways to Time Square where they heckled the street preachers and peeped at the shows, is seeing the real sights now. Lenny, who was friends with Wilt Chamberlain up in the Catskills and could beat him at Horse because The Stilt wasn’t that accurate from outside and Lenny could make the world’s best trick shots, is winning pocket change from young Wilt again now.

Lenny, who did just what it took to get his business degree at the University of Denver, or at least his girlfriends did what it took to get him through, has done far better than graduate. Lenny, who was the perfect Sargent Bilko in the Army, is glad he’ll never put on a uniform again, that’s for sure. Lenny, who lived 38 years at the same apartment that didn’t really even have a proper kitchen, south of Houston on Avenue of the Americas, is eating across that street at Vandam Diner if you want to meet him there right now.

Lenny, who met and married Marilyn Jacobson, and watched her emerge as the champion of women’s rights, Merlin Stone, and loved her more dearly than life, is with her again now. Lenny, who converted to worshipping Merlin, watched her become a Goddess, and spent his life believing When God Was a Woman, is there to witness it all now.

Lenny, who was the top money winner at poker for many years in NYC, and schooled the best of them, is playing an inspired game again now. Lenny, who had an eye for collectibles and could buy something for $300 that sold for $30,000, has scored a real find this time. Lenny, who founded the collectibles’ club, “52 Plus Joker,” that prospers to this day, and wrote the book, Gambling Collectibles: A Sure Thing, has put his best items up for auction for us all.

Lenny, who won a Gold Medal from the Florida Book Awards for the best non-fiction book in 2014, Merlin Stone Remembered, and behaved himself when it was presented to him by the Governor’s wife up in Tallahassee, is wearing his medal where it counts. Lenny, who charmed us all with his gravelly voice, laid-back wit, “Stuck in the Fifties” humor, and slow but hysterical delivery of lines, is no longer on hold pressing “pound pound pound pound pound,” anymore.

Lenny Schneir, who really didn’t believe in all that heaven stuff, is gone but won’t be forgotten—not for a long time at least, and isn’t that what the real test is anyway, not being forgotten, but better than that, being remembered for a long time, or better still, being remembered as a good person? Lenny, whose apartment was a museum at the Towers out on A1A, and  didn’t just know the names of his many friends there but cared about them so they will certainly catch themselves looking for him floating on his noodle in the pool. Lenny, who loved and cared deeply about Merlin’s daughters, Jenny and Cynthia, and his sister, Rene, and his nieces, Jordana and Joelle, and doesn’t want them to be sad, so smile at the pictures and paintings of him and pass them on. And whose friends will treasure some of his knickknacks at least until their own kids decide to throw them out, and whose writings, accomplishments and good deeds will keep echoing for a long time, amen. Lenny Schneir has passed on. We will miss you, Lenny.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers or in honor of Lenny, donations may be made to the Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., P.O. Box 202, Daytona Beach, FL 32115.

Originally published at Baldwin Brothers: A Funeral and Cremation Society.


Scott Selig, Alpha Omicron (University of Arizona) 1993

“The greatest gift a man possesses is the ability to work hard at something that is worth working hard for.” -Theodore Roosevelt. Scott Selig found many opportunities worthy of his hard work during his lifetime. He served as Executive Vice President of Selig Enterprises and the driving force and President of the recently launched Selig Development, an arm of the nearly 100 year old family held real estate company. Scott was focusing on the future and growth of the business, for his family, his colleagues and his community. During his 17 year tenure at Selig, Scott’s hard work, dedication, and leadership have been noted and recognized throughout the business and civic community.

Scott has served on the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Midtown Alliance, Buckhead Community Improvement District, The Council for Quality Growth, City of Atlanta Workforce Development and the Buckhead Coalition. Additionally, Scott chaired the City of Atlanta Technical Advisory Committee and has been an active member of YPO Southern 7 and the Grid Iron Society of the University of Georgia. Scott’s impact on Atlanta and the entire region has been recognized numerous times through such awards as: The State of Georgia Outstanding Citizen Recognition Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40 to Watch”, Atlanta Commercial Realtors Presidents Award, and in 2016 their Realtor of the Year Award. Most recently the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Selig as a Most Admired CEO. Earlier this year, the American Lung Association honored Scott as a Lung Force Hero, in appreciation of his work as fundraiser and advocate for the research and treatment of lung cancer, the disease that led to his death on October 27, 2017.

Prior to his professional and civic life, Scott graduated from the Westminster Schools, class of 1988. At the University of Arizona, Selig received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and served as Chapter president of Zeta Beta Tau. In 1995, Selig earned an MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.

Over the past week, as family and friends gathered at his home to say their goodbyes and to reminisce about their son, brother, father, friend, uncle, mentor and leader, one recurring theme seemed to dominate. Scott’s life was a mosaic of great proportion. Colorful pieces of personality, character, intuition, intellect, clothing, and an abundance of inspiration were woven together, over an adventure filled and often trailblazing 47 years. Selig left a profound mark on those whose lives he touched directly and indirectly. For the more than 3000 people who connected through the power of social networking, billboards, tshirts, wristbands, videos and dedication to the ScottStrong movement that his illness ignited, his strength, courage and spirit will live on. It is no coincidence that as Scott learned of and shared his diagnosis of stage four lung cancer in October of 2016, the force of his determination to ‘die with cancer and not from cancer’ would inspire loved ones and strangers alike, to rally around a man, who this time was the underdog. No coincidence, because it was Scott who was there for so many and who was accepting of all, regardless of their station in life.

Through his early and visionary involvement and leadership at the Ron Clark Academy, his greatest communal passion, and during his board service at Camp Twin Lakes and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Scott engaged with great conviction, an empathetic heart, quiet generosity and genuine humility. There is no underestimating Scott’s resolve to do what he could to make the lives of others, often strangers, better. Countless friends and a large family cherished Scott and loved him for his unique spirit, his independence and his authenticity. Their lives have been and will continue to be illuminated by the rich, colorful life that Scott Selig lived.

Scott’s family includes his loving sons, Cooper and Sam and their mother Amy Selig; his parents, Steve and Linda Selig and Janet Selig and Jeff Bernstein; siblings: Mindy and Dave Shoulberg, Blake and Stephanie Selig, Michael Shenk, Stacey and David Fisher; Mara and Justin Berman; and Bret Bernstein; nieces and nephews, Carly, Jordan, Casey, McKenzie, Ansley, Parker, Zachary, Alison, Lindsay, Molly, Aaron, Justin, Ella, Avery, Davis, Max and Parker; special friend, Samantha Wexler. Sign online guest book at In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Scott Selig Scholarship Fund at the Ron Clark Academy would be appreciated. Services: The Temple 1589 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta GA 30309, Sunday October 29th, 2:00PM. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 4514999.

Originally published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Leonard Singer, Alpha Theta (University of Nebraska – Lincoln) 1995

Singer, Leonard Pittsford: Passed away on November 3, 2017, at the age of 84. Survived by his wife, Simi Singer; children, Peter (BeLinda) Singer of San Diego, CA and Stefanie (Michael Axelrod) of Fairport, NY; grandchildren, Melanie, Shendl, Kira and Lydia; and extended family and dear friends.

Lennie attended the University of Nebraska on a football scholarship. A true donut connoisseur, he loved to travel extensively with Simi and the family. He served as a navigator with N.J. Air National Guard, having retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. The family would like to show their appreciation to Drs. Plansky & Christiano for their excellent care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 6th at 10AM at Temple Sinai (363 Penfield Road). The family will sit Shiva (calling hours) on Monday from 1-4 and Tuesday from 4-8 PM at 8 Northwood Drive, Fairport. Donations may be made to American Friends of Magen Dovid Adom, Northeast Region, 352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400, New York, New York 10001 in his memory.

Originally published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle.


Edward Stern, Alpha Mu (University of Washington) 1958

Edward Friend Stern, Jr. (Socco), passed away in his home on December 10, 2017 surrounded by his family for whom he had a deep and unwavering love. Born in Seattle on July 11, 1936, he grew up in the Capital Hill neighborhood. After attending Seward school, Lincoln High School and Claremont McKenna College, Socco graduated from the University of Washington where he studied Political Science and Finance, was a member of the ZBT fraternity and a varsity bowler.

A number’s man, who was known for his honesty, fairness and professionalism, Edward was Vice President at American Discount Corporation, and later CFO of Music Vend Corporation until his retirement. Humble, yet generous in time and spirit, he served on many community boards and volunteered with the American Jewish Committee, Council House, the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, Senior Services, and Temple de Hirsch Sinai.

Socco loved a round of golf with his buddies, cheering his Husky football team and playing bridge with friends. He had a playful sense of humor and a sweet tooth for a good oatmeal raisin cookie. In his retirement he spent many hours with his grandchildren who brought so much joy to his life.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and Edward Stern, Sr. He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Pauline, and his children JD (Aggie), Paul and Peter (Chrissy) Stern and step-children Lisa Loop (Jack) and David Herrman (Jane Stafford) as well as his ten grandchildren Kaija and Kendall Stern, Jared, Shayna, Seth & Logan Stern, Ty, Drew & Chase Herrman and Ava Loop. He is also survived by his brother, David Stern of Arizona and leaves behind a community of cherished and life-long friends.

Services will be held on

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11am at the Herzl Memorial Park, 16500 Dayton Ave N, Seattle. A celebration of his life will follow at Hillel at the University of Washington.

Edward’s memory can be honored with donations to The Northwest Kidney Center, Jewish Family Service or the charity of your choice.


Stanley Stern, Omega (University of Missouri) 1953

Stanley Myron Stern, 85, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday June 10, 2017 at his residence. He was born on August 6, 1931 in Springfield to Harry and Rose Snyder Stern. Stanley married Cecile Marks on March 20, 1960 and she preceded him in death on January 18, 2012.

Mr. Stern is survived by his children: Harry (Wende) Stern and Michael Stern both of Springfield, David (Lynda) Stern of Naperville and Leslie (Jeff) Addadi of Overland Park, KS., eight grandchildren: Ariella (Roy) Ben-Aharon, Michael (Brandi) Addadi, Samuel Addadi, Leorah Addadi, Molly Stern, William Stern, Michelle Stern, and Jacob Stern, three great-grandchildren, two brothers: Frank (Sherry) Stern and Arnold (Doris) Stern both of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Stern was a 1953 graduate of the University of Missouri and served in the US Air Force. Stanley and his family owned and operated furniture stores as well as running their real estate businesses in downtown Springfield for many years. He was a member of the Springfield Rotary serving as President and as a Paul Harris Fellow, he was the President of Springfield Downtown Parking, a member of Habitat for Humanity serving on the board of directors, member of the Springfield Chamber receiving the Professional Leadership Award and the President’s Award, Past President of Goodwill Industries, Past President of Temple Israel and President of Sterns Furniture.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday June 13, 2017 at Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street, with burial to follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service Tuesday at Bisch and Son. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel or a charity of your choice and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


Morris H. Sterneck, Rho (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 1955

Beloved husband of Rosalie L. Sterneck; dear father and father-in-law of Sheryl (Jonathan) Layne, Frank (Robin) Sterneck and Steven (Carol) Sterneck; dear grandfather of Scott and Shelby Layne, Trent, Evan, Parker and Kendra Sterneck, and Seth, Brooke and Rachel Sterneck; dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Dorris Jeanne (late Milton) Zorensky and the late Marcia “Sissy” Sterneck. Our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin. Friend to many and loved by all.

Morris was an active civic leader throughout the St. Louis Community. His involvement included serving as President of Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. He also served on the boards of the St. Louis Symphony, American Jewish Joint Distribution, United Way, The National Conference of Community and Justice, as well as many others.

Visitation 1:30 PM on Sunday, October 8th at Congregation Shaare Emeth, 11645 Ladue Road at Ballas. Funeral service begins at 2 PM. Interment follows at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, 9125 Ladue Road. Memorial contributions preferred to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146, or to the charity of your choice.


Alan Stone, Theta (University of Pennsylvania) 1951

Alan Stone, beloved husband of Joan, loving son of the late Ida and Norman Stone, devoted father of Christie (Jeff) Stone Weiss, Joshua Stone, Sandra Friedman, Sharon (Steve) Jacobson, and Gary Friedman, cherished grandfather to Eleanor (Laura), Peter, Catherine, Nathalie, Rachel and Jeremy, dear brother of Ira (Sheila) Stone and Judi Haberman Stern, fond uncle to many nieces and nephews, loved by everyone and a friend to all passed away peacefully surrounded by family in Chicago on February 28, 2018. He was 90 years old.

The first child of Norman and Ida Stone, Alan was born February 5, 1928 in Chicago. His father and grandfather Joseph Stone founded Stone Container Corporation in 1926, which grew to be among the largest linerboard, craft and corrugated container companies in the world. Norman Stone won the Horatio Alger award in recognition of the scope of this accomplishment. A survivor of childhood polio, Alan learned resilience at an early age, and this experience imbued in him an insatiable curiosity for the world and passion for life. He was the friend you wanted to have, someone who would always be there for you to lend a hand. Alan graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1946 and from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 1951 where he was a proud member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

During his long and distinguished business career, Alan served in key positions at Stone Container including as a Senior Vice President and as a member of the Board of Directors. He ran a manufacturing operation, led purchasing and transportation, and was President of five railroads, the Apache Railway Company, Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay Railway Company, the Bay Line Railroad, North Louisiana and Gulf Railroad, and the Central Louisiana and Gulf Railroad. Following his professional career, during three decades of retirement, Alan contributed his time, passion and creativity as a civic leader.

A classic mensch, he embodied the Jewish ethic of tzedakah, helping make the world a better place. Among his most ardent passions was helping those most at risk. As Chairman of the Emergency Fund, he grew and expanded the organization, founded by his father in 1973, to establish it as a leading non-profit serving the homeless and those in need of immediate financial assistance. Now merged with AllChicago, the Emergency Fund served 3200 families in the Chicago area last year. He was President of the Jewish Vocational Service from 1975-1977, and in 2009 received their Business Leadership and Philanthropy award. Alan was a long-time member of the Jewish Federation Board, participating in seven Prime Minister’s trips to Israel where he met a wide range of world leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope John Paul II. He loved his work as an entrepreneurial Advisor with Executive Service Corps. For his long-term dedication, the organization recognized him with their Lifetime Service award. Alan traveled twice to Romania as part of the Citizens Democracy Corps. In Sibu, Romania he lived with a family and helped expand the corrugated box industry. His energy also included board memberships at the Gastro Intestinal Research Foundation (GIRF), the Lurie Cancer Center at Northwestern University, Brewster Academy and the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Board. Alan worked closely with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, too, to re-establish the Norman and Ida Stone Institute of Psychiatry at Galter Pavilion. Initiated by his parents in the 1980s, Alan recommitted and expanded family support for the Institute to assure it will provide the finest care for years to come.

Alan’s deepest joy, however, was reserved for, devoted to, and derived from his family. His love for his wife, children and grandchildren will live on forever. A funeral is scheduled for Sunday, March 4th at 1:30pm at Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, located at 111 Skokie Blvd. Wilmette, IL. The family would like to thank Charlotte and Mico for their loving, gentle care. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Emergency Fund All Chicago, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago or an organization of your choice.

Originally published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication.


Michael K. Supran, Mu (University of Georgia) 1963

Michael K. Supran, 78, of Boca Raton, passed away peacefully on July 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Gloria (nee Brickman) for 50 years, loving brother of Randee Supran, devoted father of Bryan and Stacey Supran (Fox) and Ari and Christina Supran (Thompson). Proud grandfather of Matthew, Alexander, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Delilah. Graduate of the University of Georgia (Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D.). Fulbright Scholar. R&D executive for the Thomas J. Lipton Company and the Campbell Soup Company. Member of the Polo Club of Boca Raton since 1999 where he held many leadership positions, including service as Vice President of the Board of Governors.

Graveside services will be held at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey on Sunday, July 23 at 1 pm. The family will receive friends at the residence of Bryan and Stacey Supran, 22 Sunset Drive, Summit, New Jersey immediately following the service on Sunday until 8pm and on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A memorial service will be held at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on the afternoon of Monday, August 7 and Gloria will receive family and friends at home afterwards. Donations may be made to either The PAP Corp, Champions for Cancer Research or the Boca Regional Hospital Foundation.

Originally published in Sun-Sentinel.


Warren M. Toltz, Itoa (University of Denver) 1951

Warren Mitchell Toltz, Denver businessman and Jewish community pillar, passed away on December 30, 2017.  Warren was a savvy businessman and generous philanthropist. He served as President & CEO of Dependable Cleaners for many decades and leveraged his background in marketing to help grow the family business into a thriving 24-store chain that recently celebrated its 86th anniversary. Warren was also the visionary behind Coats for Colorado, an annual drive that has collected and distributed over 2 million coats to individuals in need.

Warren’s business acumen was matched only by his dedication to his community and to his family. He served as Campaign Chair and then President of JEWISHcolorado (formerly the Allied Jewish Federation) in the 1970’s and was instrumental in the capital campaign that resulted in the building where JEWISHcolorado still exists today.  Warren and his wife Ruth also founded the Warren and Ruth Toltz Young Leadership Award. This award was a continuation of the Adolph Kiesler Young Leadership Award, of which Warren was once a recipient. Since its founding, the Warren and Ruth Toltz Young Leadership Award has annually recognized young adult males who demonstrate exemplary dedication and service to the local Jewish community.

Warren was also involved with a host of other charities, including President of the American Heart Association and Denver Health, as well as several Jewish organizations. He cultivated a legacy of service within his family, and each of his four children have carried on his tradition of giving back. Daughter, Amy Toltz-Miller, most recently followed in Warren’s footsteps by serving as JEWISHcolorado’s Board Chair from 2014-2016.

Warren is survived by his beloved wife Ruth, sister Roberta (Bernard) Naiman, children Marci Waldman, Ken Toltz, Steven (Michelle) Toltz, Amy Toltz-Miller (Dr. Howard Miller), and several nieces, nephews and eight loving grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Services will take place on Tuesday, January 2nd at 12:30 pm at Hebrew Educational Alliance, 3600 S. Ivanhoe St. in Denver.

Interment will follow at Emanuel Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St. in Denver. The latest information can be found at

To make a tribute to JEWISHcolorado in Warren’s memory, please click here. Contributions can also be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Association of the Rockies.

Originally published in Boulder Jewish News.


Marvin Trott, Alpha (University of Rochester) 1953

Marvin Trott, age 93, of Atlanta, GA passed away peacefully May 25, 2017 following a brief illness. He was born to the late Moe and Minnie Trott in Rochester, NY, May 22, 1924. His early years were spent in Rochester. He served in WWII was awarded a Bronze Star for his action in the Battle of the Bulge. After returning from the war, he obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester before founding Trott Electronics, Inc., where he served as President for 50 years.

He is survived by his spouse of 55 years, Margaret Steele Trott; 3 children: Dr. Martin Trott (Cindy Trott), Melissa Brandwine, Dr. Mitchell Trott (David Ko); sister Eileen Jachles (Milton Jachles).

After years of devoted parenting and dedication to his company, then based in Buffalo NY, he retired in 1989. He moved to Atlanta, GA in 1999 to be closer to his daughter and to allow his wife to escape the snow.

Marvin was a life-long learner, teaching himself SQL programming at the age of 80. He was President of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) in Buffalo, and continued with volunteer counseling activities at the Atlanta division until four weeks before his passing. He was President of the Rochester Tennis Club and was still playing tennis at age 92. He served as President of the local Community Association for ten years and was active with the Patient Family Advisory Council at Emory Hospital.

A memorial service and interment ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 11am at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt Vernon Hwy NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Immediately following the service, family will receive family and friends at their home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a memorial gift to K9s For Warriors (, 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Verde, FL 32081 or Army Emergency Relief Fund (, 200 Stovall St., Ste. 5s33, Alexandria, VA 22332.
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Originally published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle.


Ronald I. Zall, Beta Alpha (University of Colorado Boulder) 1951

Ronald L. Zall, a Denver native and esteemed member of the legal community, passed away May 2, 2017. He was 87 years old. Rabbi Yaakov Chaitovsky and Cantor Joel Lichterman officiated at the May 5 service at BMH-BJ. Interment followed at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.

“He lived for his family — his three daughters, sons-in-law and especially his 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren,” his loved ones said.

“Affectionately known as ‘Papa Ronnie,’ he shared his passions for baseball, golf, the Broncos, travel, movies, the arts and most importantly humor. He also was a wonderful storyteller.”

Mr. Zall was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Denver to Sam and Esther Zall.

A graduate of East High and CU, he earned his JD from DU.

Mr. Zall married Marilyn Golman on Aug. 17, 1952, in Dallas, Texas. They were married for nearly 47 years. Mrs. Zall passed away in 1999.

A lawyer for more than 50 years, he spent the early part of his career as a criminal litigator before moving into real estate and family law. He had a reputation for being open and fair, and was well respected by many in the Denver legal community.

Mr. Zall was a founding member of the National Assn. of Corporate Directors and a board member for numerous companies and organizations, including Mt. Nebo Cemetery.

He was honored by the NACD in Washington for his service as a director, author and lecturer since 1978. Most recently, the NACD created the Ronald I. Zall Scholarship Fund in his honor and awarded it to its first recipient this year.

During his final professional years, Mr. Zall was an adjunct professor at DU’s Daniels College of Business. He always passed out apples on the last day of class.

Mr. Zall is survived by his children Lori (Marty) Duman, Dana (Tyler) Ryder and Andrea (Craig) Mustari; brother Jon (Barbara) Zall; grandchildren Ryan, Brandon (Sarah), Chad (Nicole) and Garrett Duman, Madison and Wyatt Ryder, and Sara and Drew Mustari; and great-grandchildren Brayden, Preston, Colton, Hudson, Asher and Harper Duman.

Contributions may be made to BMH-BJ or Mt. Nebo Memorial Park.

Originally published in Intermountain Jewish News.