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Charles Gordon, Psi (University of Alabama) 1969

Charles Gordon, a film and television producer who earned an Oscar nomination for his work on 1989’s “Field of Dreams,” has died of cancer. He was 73.

Gordon’s brother, Lawrence Gordon, who he shared the Oscar nomination with, confirmed his death.

“Field of Dreams” was nominated for best picture at the 1990 Academy Awards, in addition to best original score and best adapted screenplay, though it did not win any awards. The baseball drama starred Kevin Costner was written as well as directed by Phil Alden Robinson, with Charles and Lawrence Gordon co-producing.

Gordon also produced films such as “Die Hard” and its sequel “Die Hard 2,” “Leviathan,” “October Sky” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and 1995’s “Waterworld.” In television, he served as an executive producer on shows and TV movies like “Just Our Luck,” “The Renegades,” “Lone Star,” “Our Family Honor,” “Things That Go Bump” and “The Streets.” In addition to producing on “Just Our Luck,” Gordon also penned 13 of its episodes.

His latest project was as an executive producer on the “Hitman” TV series, based off of two films he also produced: “Hitman” in 2007 and its sequel “Hitman: Agent 47” in 2015. The series had been announced, but had yet to go into production.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Lynda Gordon, and three children Jamie, Kate and Lily.

Originally published by Variety.


Marvin Cohen, Beta Lambda (San Diego State University) 1969

Marvin Cohen, age 74, of Surprise, Arizona passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022. Marvin was born February 21, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York. Marv’s family moved to San Diego when he was 5 years old. He spent his childhood and college years there until he moved to Orange County, CA. Marv and Ruthie had their first date in 2000 at the Tustin Marketplace after meeting online through LA/OC He moved to Beverlywood to where she was living and together they moved to AZ in 2004, were married in 2009 and, as they say, the rest is history.

Hawaii was one of their favorite vacation spots, early in their relationship they sailed around the Tahitian Islands and had the good fortune to take a Mediterranean cruise between Marv’s treatments for pancreatic cancer and prior to the matastasis of this terrible disease to various parts of his body, including and most painfully to his bones.

He fought the good fight, was a real trooper and had a great attitude right up to the end.

Marv is survived by his spouse, Ruthie Cohen, two biological sons, Matthew and Aaron, daughters in law, Julie and Blanca and five biological grandchildren: Tyler, Kiki, Lucy, Rhianna and Reuben. He is also survived by his step children: surviving spouse of step son, Damon, Lili, step daughter Danielle and her wife, Jen, step son, Adam, and his wife, Amanda and six step grandchildren: Delilah, Jonah, Isaac, Ramey, Zachary and Shayne, all of whom he treated like his own.

Marv is also survived by two brothers: Sandy, his wife, Ellen and Rob.

Donations to Hospice of the Valley, Mayo Clinic, or any other charity of your choosing appreciated.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Cohen family.

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David J. Epstein, Alpha Eta (University of California-Berkeley) 1961

May 7, 1939 – December 9, 2021. David was born in The Twin Cities, one of a set of identical twins. At age 10, the family moved to California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School, Cal Berkeley, and UCLA Law School. UCLA was one of the many beneficiaries of his philanthropy where he named the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law.

David was an excellent athlete and a serious sports fan. At Cal, he was a member of the best mile relay team in the country. His team set the collegiate record at the time. For his athletic achievements, he was awarded entry into the Jewish Hall of Fame in Southern California. In later years, he was an ardent golfer.

After law school, David specialized in sports law, representing clients such as World Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton, and LA Rams and Indianapolis Colts record setting running back Eric Dickerson among others.

Subsequently, David went to Sacramento to work on Jerry Brown’s campaigns. He also worked with Gray Davis in the State of California Controller’s Office, where he created the program to help the State enforce its unclaimed property law. As a result of the audit program he designed, the state increased its collection of unclaimed property from $2 million to over $100 million a year.

He authored Escheat and Abandoned Property Laws: Survey and Analysis, which is distributed to every major public corporation in the nation. He also authored Unclaimed Property Law and Reporting Forms, a seven-volume treatise that covers state escheat laws.

In 1984 David founded the Unclaimed Property Clearing House, and moved to Boston where he partnered with State Street Bank. Over the years, he advised many states in the enactments of their laws on unclaimed properties.

David was a generous philanthropist, a high achiever at everything he tried, and a brilliant negotiator. He had sharp intelligence, a keen sense of humor and was a good and kind friend to many, including his high school club, The Dukes, and his Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity brothers.

After a long period of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease, he succumbed at age 82 at his home in Beverly Hills.

He is remembered by his devoted wife, Jane; his son Matthew (Amy); his grandsons Linus, Maverick, and Otis; and his twin brother Dan (Phyllis).

The family sends its appreciation to his wonderful caregivers Sandra and Carla.

Originally published by Los Angeles Times.


Judge Jerome (Jerry) K. Fields, Alpha Rho (University of California-Los Angeles) 1950

Jerry was born in Los Angeles, the only son of Helen and Jerry Fields. He grew up in Hollywood, attended Hollywood High School and, after graduating in 1944, was inducted into the Army. Upon his discharge he enrolled at UCLA, where he was a brother of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Jerry graduated in 1950 with a degree in business and a major in accounting. He then enrolled at USC Law School. Jerry often stated that he fell in love with the law from almost the first day of law school. At USC he was a member of the Editorial Board of the USC Law Review, graduating in 1953. During law school he married the former Joyce Fox, who died an untimely death in 1961 at age 29.

In 1963, Jerry married Valerie, his loving wife of 55 years. Valerie died on January 1, 2019 at the age of 92. Jerry is survived by their four children, Bill Fields and his partner Dan Saunders, Linda Fields Vigor, Jill Fields and her husband Ken Mate, and Jana Fields Uslan and her husband Brian. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jennifer Kalm (Dr. Ben Kalm), Bryan Jersky (Brandina), and Michael Uslan (Lory), and seven great grandchildren, twins Nathan and Alexander Kalm, and Lucas Kalm, Weston and Connor Jersky, and Parker and Brianna Uslan.

Jerry often stated that he and Valerie led interesting lives. Jerry spent 1955 in Washington, D.C., working for then Congressman James Roosevelt. His favorite memory from that time was having dinner with former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Jimmy Roosevelt, just the three of them. Jerry, a staunch Democrat met Valerie in 1963 at a convention of the California Democratic Council. Together they were involved in numerous political activities, including supporting the election of close friends to office in the State Assembly and Senate, and to Congress. Valerie and Jerry were involved in Mayor Tom Bradley’s campaigns for mayor in 1969 and 1973. Valerie was an active, full-time volunteer in those mayoral campaigns. In fact the 1973 campaign started in Valerie and Jerry’s kitchen. Valerie ultimately became a twenty-year member of Bradley’s executive staff after he was elected mayor in 1973.

Jerry spent one year as a member of the State of California Democratic Central Committee. In 1973, Mayor Bradley appointed Jerry a city commissioner and asked him to serve as president of the Board of Administration of the City Employee’s Retirement System, where he remained until he was appointed to the bench in 1980. Jerry, Valerie and their four children lived in Encino where Jerry became the longtime president of the Encino Property Owners Association. He was an executive board member of the Jewish Home for the Aging, stepping down after twelve years, and of the American Jewish Committee in Los Angeles. He was a board member of the County Bar Association, Litigation Section, and the California Women’s Law Center. He was also a member of the Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and the American Bar Associations.

Jerry practiced law in Beverly Hills for 26 years. In 1980, he was appointed a Judge of the Superior Court by then Governor Jerry Brown. Judge Fields retired from the bench in 1994 and became a private judge employed as an arbitrator and mediator for the next eleven years, periodically returning to the bench as an assigned judge. He felt very fortunate that he enjoyed his employment in the law, both as an attorney and a judge.

Jerry, who played trumpet in his youth, enjoyed dancing with Valerie to swing music and attending jazz concerts. They were also devoted subscribers to the LA Philharmonic and Ahmanson Theater. They traveled extensively, visiting Europe, Mexico, Israel, China, Africa, Cuba, Ecuador and Argentina as well as driving across America. They spent six weeks one summer in Panicale, Italy, having prepared for the trip by studying Italian together. Jerry was also quite athletic. He played on his high school football team, and as an adult took up tennis, which he played several times each week for decades.

Jerry had a zest for life, enduring commitment to social justice, and deeply loved his family. He was always on the right side of history. Jerry requested his tombstone state, “He loved the law.” Contributions in his name may be made to the Jewish Home for the Aging or the Venice Family Clinic. Jerry’s funeral will be held outdoors at the grave site at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr, LA 90068 on Sunday, February 13, 3 pm.

Originally published by Los Angeles Times.


Irving A. Evans, Xi of Phi Epsilon Pi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1948

Irving Ashley Evans passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at the age of 93. Born on October 27, 1927, he was the son of the late Nate and Ray Moskowitz Evans. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis Bloom Evans, and son Randall Martin “Randy” Evans. He leaves his sister, Evelyn Evans (Jerome) Makowsky, his children, Philip (Alyse) Evans, Vicki Evans Braslow, Raymond (Susan) Evans, Julie Evans, and Alan (Crystal Yocum) Evans, 21 grandchildren, 17 great- grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, and hordes of close and dear friends, many of whom are proud to be considered part of his “extended family”.

Irving, a man of faith and family, was blessed follow in the footsteps of his parents to be a multi-talented musician, performer, composer, arranger, writer, director, showman, as well as a developer, contractor and pioneer in the greater Memphis community. At a young age, his parents along with his Grandmother, Rebecca Kaplan Evans Fodiman, started him with piano lessons from some of the finest music teachers of that time, and by his early teens, he was studying to be a concert pianist under the tutelage of Myron Meyers at the Southwestern (now Rhodes) College of Music. It was during this time that a chance opportunity changed the direction of his musical career forever.

Local trumpet player and bandleader, Colie Stoltz and his band had a 3-night gig, but his piano player had fallen ill and could not perform. Unable to find another available pianist, Colie asked his friend and musical colleague, Nate Evans, if he thought his son, Irving, now 14, was capable of playing the gig. He told him that he thought he probably could, but to just ask him. Colie, with music in hand, went to see Irving, and, with his self-confidence and drive to succeed, said he could. Upon completion of their performance on the 3rd night, Irving was so proud when he got paid and showed his father, and then said that if he could make that kind of money playing music, he’d stop the lessons and start performing on the piano regularly. Thus, this was the beginning of his long and illustrious musical career that spanned 79 years!

Irving performed with many orchestras in and around the Memphis area, and at age 17 joined the Ray Robbins orchestra which was performing The Peabody Hotel. While with the Robbins orchestra, he traveled the circuit with them playing in many locations between Chicago and Philadelphia. He later played with the Freddie Martin and Freddie Nagel orchestras at The Peabody, and also with the Dick Jurgens Orchestra at the Hollywood Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. On occasion, he had the privilege of playing under his father’s baton as part of the pit orchestra at the Orpheum for a number of great artists and performers, such as the Clyde McCoy Orchestra. Through his father’s connection with the Orpheum Theater and his later ownership of the W.C. Handy Theatre, Irving had the opportunity to meet and interact with a multitude of great performers, such as Lionel Hampton, who gave Irving vibraphone lessons, W.C. Handy, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Lucky Millinder, Louis Armstrong, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and many others. On one occasion, while Sammy Davis, Jr. was in Memphis to perform at the Handy Theater as a member of the Will Mastin Trio, he, along with Irving, at the time both in their early 20’s, made a home recording together.

During World War II, he played piano for and entertained servicemen at USO locations around the country. In Memphis, he played at the YWCA, the YMCA, the Millington Naval Air Base, and the Kennedy General Veterans Hospital, while also playing with various dance orchestras in and around the Memphis area. In the late 1940’s, he put together a quartet that performed at the American Legion Club located in The Gayoso Hotel for over 5 years. While a freshman at Georgia Tech, he was put in charge of a large troupe that was assigned to entertain wounded servicemen at the Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta.

Irving entered the residential construction profession in 1949 upon his hiring as a General Superintendent for Margolin Brothers’ Construction Company. During his tenure with them, he built approximately 3,500 housing units consisting of FHA section 608 type apartment projects, single family homes, and a 568 unit Wherry Housing Project for the United States Navy.

Over the years, Irving wrote and directed many musical productions, including composing and arranging original music and lyrics, for numerous organizations in and around Memphis, such as the famous “Front and Center” shows produced by the Memphis Jewish Community Center, the “Chez Paree” shows for Fortas AZA of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, the Duration Club, the local “Gridiron” shows, known for lampooning local and area politicians, and many others. In addition, over the years Irving used his talent for composition and arranging to create many original songs for members of his family and others for special occasions such as weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and birthdays.

In 1951, Irving, who had previously attended both Georgia Tech and the University of Tennessee, majoring in Civil Engineering, had an opportunity to enter into the grading and general contracting business by forming a partnership with his father, Nate Evans, founding Evans Grading and Construction Companies. General Contracting of streets, roads, sewer and drainage work became the prime business during the days, while continuing with his musical career in the evenings. At the same time, Irving was also working as a General Superintendent for Continental Land Company, and built approximately 500 single family homes for them.

From 1953 until 1956, he entered into a partnership with his lifelong, childhood friend, Jack Belz and Belz Enterprises, and together they built approximately 1,000 single family homes. Over the following 9 years Evans Grading Company developed and sold over 3,000 lots to builders in subdivisions known as Schoolfield Manor, Westwood Manor, Fox Meadows, and Poplar Estates.

At the same time, Irving served as the musical director for Front Street Theatre, a professional theater company in Memphis, for a host of famous Broadway musicals such as “The Boyfriend”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Gypsy”, “Brigadoon”,” Wonderful Town”, “My Fair Lady”, “The King and I”, and “The Fantastics”, to name but a few. During his tenure at Front Street Theater, Irving also played an integral part in helping launch the careers of Emmy Award winning actress/singer Dixie Carter of “Designing Women” and Tony Award winning actor/singer George Hearn (“La Cage Au Folles”, “Sweeney Todd” and others) when they performed in their first leading roles in the beloved musical, “Carousel”. It was also during his early tenure as Musical Director that he forged a lifelong friendship with Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s first Maestro, Vincent DeFrank who prior to the formation of the Symphony played Cello in the pit orchestra with Irving for the musicals. Irving later served as the musical director for a production of “Mame” and for several “Way Off Broadway” fund-raising shows at and for Temple Israel.

During the course of his musical career, Irving had the privilege of performing with and for many great artists and celebrities. When Danny Thomas was producing the fundraising shows “The Shower of Stars”, bringing the world’s finest and most famous performers to Memphis to raise money for the creation and construction of St. Jude Hospital, Irving played for most of those shows with and for many of those performers, including Danny Thomas and members of his family. He performed twice as 2nd pianist for Liberace’s concert performances in Memphis and played for Shirley Jones, Jimmy Demopolous, The Lawrence Welk show, Martin and Rossi, “Brother” Dave Gardner and Charlie Rich. In addition, he also had the pleasure of accompanying his longtime friend and fellow Memphian, Marguerite Piazza, star of television and the Metropolitan opera, on a number of occasions.

Evans Construction Company designed and built The Hermitage Apartments in 1965, while Evans Realty Company successfully managed this property at nearly 100% occupancy. Evans Construction Company followed by the purchase of a one hundred acre tract of land in southeast Shelby County for development that was rezoned for commercial, multifamily and single family residential lots. Evans designed, developed and managed the multifamily track into what became known as the Meadowlake Apartment and Townhouse Community, a 838 apartment community overlooking a nine acre lake, with a full restaurant on site and a swimming pool in the shape of a grand piano. Irving and Meadowlake were recognized and featured in a number of national publications for its many unique and innovative design features, construction methods, techniques and amenities. Evans Construction Company entered into a joint venture to develop a small shopping center in the Medical Center area of Memphis known as Poplar-Pauline Shopping Center followed by a joint venture with one of the largest and most successful apartment developers in the United States, and together, they developed the 166-unit Perkins Woods Apartment Community.

Irving’s talents were in high demand in the community and he played his music for audiences of virtually every type and every occasion or show that one can imagine. His quartet played five nights a week at the former Summit Club in Memphis and then twenty-five years later, he again played there with his “Summit Club Group”, that he referred to as “The Irving Evans Trio plus One, featuring singer, Debbie Kines.

In 1969, Nate Evans retired leaving the entire business to his son, Irving and daughter-in-law, Phyllis. Irving being a family man, was joined in business by their oldest son, Philip in 1973. In 1981, daughter Vicki Evans Braslow, joined the organization and in July, 1983, son Raymond joined the firm upon earning his degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. A year later son, Randy, entered the firm along with Irving’s younger daughter, Julie. Irving’s uncle, Dr. Harry Evans, joined the firm upon his retirement from the practice of General Dentistry.

In 1971, Evans Construction Company entered into a joint venture to develop another water-oriented apartment community known as “The Cascades”, a unique 394-unit development where all units backed up to a “man-made” canal. Then, the Evans’ acquired a 75-year leasehold interest in a 37-acre tract of land located adjacent to the Meadowlake Apartment Development and subsequently negotiated it into a joint venture partnership with the owner of the property, Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inns, and long-time friend and partner of Evans father in 2 movie theaters. In 1978, Evans completed the development and total sell-out of a 61-acre tract located in the very heart of East Memphis consisting of 126 luxury single-family residential lots known as King Arms Subdivision. In 1979, the Evans’ purchased a 62-acre tract of land East Memphis. A portion of the property was zoned for Office uses, a luxury condominium community known as Cherryhill and the balance of the property was subdivided into luxury single family home sites. In 1982, the Evans’ ventured into the hospitality industry with the acquisition motels properties in Chattanooga and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Subsequently, more hotels were acquired in St. Louis, Missouri, Birmingham, Alabama, and Louisville, Kentucky. The Evans’ continued to plan & develop single family subdivisions in Memphis & Cordova. In joint ventures, they developed Walnut Run, a 230 acre mixed use development in Cordova followed by a 62 acre tract called Patmore subdivision. Others followed including Dexter Ridge and River Ridge where lots were pre-sold to builders prior to their development.

At age 70, Irving closed his offices and for several years thereafter he worked from his home office as a consultant/developer for friends and associates until he finally retired from Real Estate.

Irving continued to play piano and entertain all around town, literally for the rest of his life. His audiences loved listening to him sing, and hearing about his experiences as an entertainer. His fellow musicians loved performing with him and always looked forward to any opportunity to do so. He was a “musician’s musician”. In his later years, he became more of a solo act tickling the ivory and regularly entertained at many local senior homes and assisted living facilities, including The Parkview, Belmont Village, Trezevant Manor, Plough Towers, Jewish Community Center, Town Village, and others. About 18 months ago, he was asked to put together a full group of musicians to celebrate the 100th birthday of a resident at the Villages of Germantown, that had 200+ people on the dance floor and begging for him to stay after several hours of non-stop playing. He especially enjoyed playing for the residents of the Memphis Jewish Home for 35+ years, especially after he became a resident himself. Of course, Irving’s favorite audience was always his very large, and still growing family which included his children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and his multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. He continued to entertain and play piano professionally until the Covid-19 pandemic caused a shutdown of all public gatherings in February 2020.

While keyboard is now silent, the memory of his passion for music, the pioneering of developments throughout his hometown of Memphis and the memories he made with his family and friends will live on in their hearts forever.

The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab, Temple Israel, Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth or to Baron Hirsch Synagogue or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Sam Massell, Mu of Phi Epsilon Pi (University of Georgia) 1948

Sam Massell, the former Atlanta mayor who became a champion of his adopted neighborhood of Buckhead, is being remembered as a transformative and visionary leader following his death at age 94.

Massell, who died March 13, was a longtime resident of Peachtree Heights West. He was well-known for serving as mayor in 1970-74 and his hand in establishing MARTA. Locally he was highly influential in the business and philanthropic communities as a founder of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and original president of the Buckhead Coalition.

“His leadership in the city of Atlanta was transformative,” said Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple, the Midtown synagogue where Massell was a member of the congregation and where his memorial service is scheduled for March 16.

Massell grew up in Druid Hills and had entrepreneurial careers in real estate and as a travel agent. He entered politics in the 1960s, serving as president of the Atlanta City Council (then the Board of Alderman). He then became Atlanta’s first, and still only, Jewish mayor, and worked to diversify City government. He lost a re-election bid to Atlanta’s first Black mayor, Maynard Jackson.

In 1988, Massell became the founding president of the Coalition, an invitation-only group of prominent civic and business leaders. He led the nonprofit organization in promoting various efforts related to public safety and charitable support. He also played a key role in the controversial extension of the Ga. 400 highway and related MARTA Red Line train system through Buckhead.

Under his leadership the Coalition also spun off the CID, a group of commercial property owners in the central business district who tax themselves to fund improvements to public safety, transportation and the streetscape. In later years, he proposed a program to address affordability of retail space for small businesses. Massell continued citywide service, including on the organizing committee for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

In person, Massell was a witty and charming raconteur who placed great emphasis on good manners — though he was a master of “bless your heart”-ing for those who crossed him or the neighborhood. As a Democratic former mayor shepherding a largely Republican group of leaders in 1980s Buckhead in the Coalition’s early days, Massell needed a great deal of charisma and had it a aplenty.

Massell retired from the Coalition in mid-2020 to enjoy life with his wife Sandra Gordy. The COVID-19 pandemic ended their plans to travel on cruises, but a late-afternoon cocktail hour remained a sacrosanct tradition as they enjoyed each other’s company.

Massell was preceded in death by his former wife Doris. Survivors include his three children, Cindy, Steve and Melanie.

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Bruce A. Roth, Xi of Phi Epsilon Pi (Georgia Institute of Technology) 1970

Bruce A. Roth, 72, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away December 20, 2021.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on January 16, 1949. He is survived by Karen, his loving wife of 42 years, their beloved daughter Natalie, and dog, Zsa Zsa.

Bruce was always serving others. After acquiring a BBA in Economics from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in finance from the American College, he founded and was the CEO of Roth & Associates Inc., specializing in insurance and financial planning. More recently, he founded ERISAPros.

Additionally, Bruce founded Daisy Alliance, which sought peace and global security through nuclear nonproliferation, disarmament, and elimination of all types of Weapons of Mass Destruction. In pursuit of this effort, Bruce authored the book, No Time to Kill, a layperson’s guide to WMDs.

Bruce was a voracious reader, tennis enthusiast, and foodie with a passion for cooking and sourcing all types of delicacies, especially while he was traveling internationally. His love of all dogs was only surpassed by his love for his family.

Originally published by Atlanta Journal Constitution.


Honorable Judge Earl B. Hoffenberg, Alpha Gamma of Phi Sigma Delta (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 1967

Honorable Judge Earl B. Hoffenberg, a Municipal Department judge who is assigned to the Second Municipal District, has sadly passed away on Friday, February 25, 2022, following a courageous struggle with Covid-19 and other health related issues. Judge Hoffenberg is additionally assigned to the Criminal Division and hears felony cases originating in the City of Chicago. He was 77 years old at the time of his passing.

Judge Hoffenberg was the beloved husband and best friend of Helen, nee Wulc, for 52 years; loving father of Ian (Michelle), Jeffery (Elyse); cherished grandfather of Alexa, Jordyn, Taylor, Ethan, Lucas, Claire; treasured brother of Alan, Bruce (Denise); caring brother-in-law of Carolyn (Richard) Silberman; dear uncle, cousin and friend to many.

Judge Hoffenberg was a respected Cook County Associate Judge, and when he retired in 2020, was the senior sitting judge, fair, just, and admired by all. He was known as the “judge’s Judge” receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Judge’s Association. Even the people who appeared before him in court, many whose lives he changed, wrote thank you notes.

Judge Hoffenberg was a talented athlete and wrestled and played baseball for the University of Illinois. He loved watching all sports as well, playing armchair quarterback for the Bears during football season. His favorite spectator sport was watching his sons and now his grandchildren compete.

Judge Hoffenberg was a one of a kind, with a sense of humor that kept us laughing. He knew how to tell a joke and was always on the hunt for new material. He especially loved telling stories about his days in court, family anecdotes, and gentle teasing of his friends. His wife adored him, his sons looked up to him and his grandchildren loved spending time with their “Papa”. Above all, he loved spending time with his family.

In 2019, we celebrated a trip of a lifetime and celebrated his 75th birthday along with Helen and Earl’s 50th anniversary. The experience is a lifelong memory and we loved every minute of being together. Earl was a great friend to many, generous, loyal, loving and everyone loved him. He had a huge heart, and will be deeply, lovingly, and sorely missed.

Shalom Memorial Funeral Home – Arlington Heights 1700 W. Rand Road Arlington Heights, IL are entrusted with all funeral and burial arrangements. To leave condolences and for information, including link to view service: or 847-255-3520.

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Donald C. Fisher, Beta Gamma (Indiana University) 1954

Donald C. Fisher, age 88, passed away peacefully in the company of his family on January 10, 2022.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Myra, his sister, Devera Cooler, his daughter Lori (Elliott), his son Jeff (Edie) and was Papa Don to his 5 grandchildren Eric (Paige), Emily, Elise, Greg and Annie.

Don was born to Samuel and Beatrice Fisher in 1933 and grew up in the Brightwood neighborhood of Indianapolis. He graduated from Shortridge in 1951 and Indiana University in 1954 with a degree in Business. He was an active brother of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

After serving in the US Air Force in England, he took over his father’s clothing store, Cohen Bros, which later became the internationally famous Cash Bargain Center.

Throughout his life he dedicated himself to his business, his family, his friends, and his community. He was an active member of Beth El Zedeck synagogue in Indianapolis and Bat Yam Temple of the Islands in Sanibel, FL.

Don really valued a close-knit family and worked to keep the extended family together through family gatherings, emails and Zoom calls. He was a big cheerleader for his kids and grandkids. He loved parties, dancing and sporting the latest fashion.

Don loved to travel with Myra and toured the globe seeing new places, catching up with old friends and making new ones. They spent most winters on Sanibel, Florida.

He stayed close to his ZBT brothers, keeping everyone updated on the latest news and organizing get-togethers and reunions.

He also loved sports and was a die-hard fan of the IU Hoosiers, the Indianapolis Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. He enjoyed golfing and playing tennis.

Over the years, Don touched many people’s lives, sponsoring Washington DC, New York and Chicago trips for the Brightwood Community Center youth, serving his Jewish community, and mentoring High School students.

Don lived his life to the fullest, he will be missed.

Please direct any memorial donations to the Starfish Initiative ( or Popsie’s Pantry at Jewish Family Services (

Originally published by ARN Funeral and Cremation Services – Zionsville.


David R. Subotky, Beta Gamma (Indiana University) 1953

David Ross Subotky, 86, of Lakewood Ranch, FL passed away on April 30, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held on May 20, 2018 in his home.

David was born in Mt. Vernon, NY to Jesse and Reuben Subotky on Jan. 27, 1932. He graduated from Indiana University, the only graduate to earn a B.A., majoring in Business and Insurance. For over 30 years he had a Guardian Insurance and Financial Planning Agency in Clifton, NJ. He was an avid tennis player and golfer and a collector of puns, elephant jokes, stories, and was an animated storyteller.

David is survived by his third wife, artist Judy Lyons Schneider, who moved with him to LWR in 1998 when they married; his brother Gerson (Gus) of Eastview, Kentucky and his 3 daughters Randie Zimmerman (husband Ed), Julie Glicklich, Susan Oppenheim (husband Peter) and step-daughters Wendy Sunshine (husband Norm) and Jody Lyons Gallagher (husband Gary), 7 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

David will be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor and generosity. He encouraged and supported his family and friends in their achievements and struggles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heifer International or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The family and friends would like to thank Tidewell Hospice for their help and support during a difficult time.

Originally published by Herald Tribune.


Gary E. Tremaine, Beta Gamma (Indiana University) 1984

Gary Tremaine passed away on August 19th, 2021 in Venice, Florida at the age of 58.

Gary was born on the 28th day of September in the year 1962. He was born in Dayton, Ohio. Gary spent most of his younger life living in Indiana. After graduating from North Central High School in 1980, he became Hoosier at Indiana University. There, he worked toward a degree in computer science that helped guide his professional development for the years that would follow.

After moving to Santa Barbara, California, Gary began his career working in the financial services. Over the next 30 years, Gary continued working hard while establishing a meaningful career with Wells Fargo, and enjoying a fulfilled life.

Surviving Gary are his two children, Amanda, and Anderson, and his mother, Myrna Goldbaum. Of all his awards and accomplishments, none made Gary prouder than his children. Gary was a grounded man who was lovable and unapologetically friendly. His bravery and optimism was contagious. His smile and laughter always brightened the darkest rooms. He knew how to navigate all of life’s circumstances with a positive attitude and an objective outlook. Gary Tremaine was truly one of a kind, he was deeply loved by everyone in his life, and he will be missed tremendously.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Tremaine family.

Originally published by Neptune Society.


J. Ira Harris, Phi (University of Michigan) 1959

J. Ira Harris, a former senior partner of Salomon Brothers who played a leading role in establishing Chicago as a viable Wall Street stand-in for dealmaking and investment banking, has died. He was 83.

He died on Monday at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, of an apparent heart attack, according to his son, Jon.

The New York-born Harris was a fixture at Salomon during its final years as a private partnership through its transition following its 1981 sale to Phibro Corp., the world’s largest publicly owned commodity trading firm. Harris’s fulsome embrace of Chicago, both as a businessman and longtime resident, boosted the profile and prospects of the banking industry outside New York City. In 1989, Crain’s Chicago Business called Harris “Chicago’s best-known deal-maker.”

Harris departed Salomon at the start of 1988 to open a Chicago branch of its competitor, Lazard Freres & Co. He left in 1998 and formed a consulting firm, J.I. Harris & Associates. With son Jon, he later founded Alternative Investing Management LLC to invest on behalf of this family and the Pritzkers.

Harris was a longtime supporter of his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where the football team’s locker room bears his name and that of his wife, Nicki. Also bearing their name is the title of head football coach, currently held by Jim Harbaugh. The couple also funded the university’s schools of business and public policy. In Palm Beach, Harris supported the Norton Museum of Art and the Palm Beach Civic Association.

Harris was born Jay Ira Horowitz in New York City on April 13, 1938. His father, Harry Horowitz, sold lace trimmings for handkerchiefs and tablecloths. (Harris changed his name from Horowitz after college.)

He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He paid for his education, the Times said, by working as a sports stringer for the New York Post, organizing a student laundry service and working behind the counter of an ice cream parlor for $1.25 an hour and all he could eat.

In addition to his wife and son Jon, survivors include his daughter, Jackie; his son, Bradley; and six grandchildren.

Originally published by Bloomberg.


Arthur Loomstein, Alpha Xi (Washington University-St. Louis) 1961

Arthur Loomstein (80) passed away on July 16, 2020 surrounded by his family. Loving husband of Kay Oppenheim Loomstein. Adored father of David (Christina) Loomstein, Debi Blanchard and Debra Lyons. Devoted grandfather of Madison and Paige Blanchard, and Haley Lyons. Dear brother of Geri (the late Mel) Friedman and Robyn Loomstein. Special uncle, brother-in-law, cousin, beloved friend and trusted advisor to all who knew him.

Arthur was born in St. Louis, grew up in University City and Ladue, graduated from Ladue High School, Washington University and Washington University Law School. A driving force in greater St. Louis commercial real estate, in 1961 Arthur founded Centerco Properties and it is going strong 6 decades later.

Arthur’s interests were many: BBQ master, long-time thoroughbred racehorse owner, avid golfer and steadfast St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Yet his greatest passions were reserved for his wife, children, family and friends whom he tirelessly supported with loving words, warm-hearted gestures and pearls of wisdom all the days of his life.

Contributions in Arthur’s memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund, or to the Siteman Cancer Center Fund

Originally published by St. Louis Post – Dispatch.

New Jersey

Edwin (Ed) J. Schwartz, Lambda of Phi Epsilon Pi (Rutgers State University of New Jersey) 1954

Ed Schwartz was born on January 1, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of an award-winning newspaper reporter, Philip Schwartz and Julia Jacobs. Ed died on December 23, 2021, leaving behind devoted family, friends, and colleagues. He was a gifted storyteller, a lover of the arts, a passionate collector, and had a deep capacity for love. He was known for his sense of humor, which was evident in his art and writing; his emails ranging in scope from poetry to pictures of his cactus flowers to his latest artistic creations; his lively wine tastings; his love of a good meal; and his collection of brightly-colored polo shirts and sweaters. His fans describe him as creative, witty, dapper, interesting, and generous. He adored his family and loved all of the beauty and pleasures life had to offer.

Ed graduated from Rutgers University in 1955 where he was a president of the English honor society, a Henry Rutgers Scholar with Shakespeare as a topic, a brother of Phi Epsilon Pi. He produced plays for the English department and played varsity tennis. After graduation, he served in the United States Army, eventually rising to Major in the US Army Reserve. Ed was a long-time member of the Bohemian Club, where he started as a set designer, and was recently inducted into the Old Guard.

In 1960, he married Elisa “Bambi” Escamilla, from a pioneer California family. They first lived in New York City and moved to San Francisco in 1962. Ed worked as the public relations director for the San Francisco Symphony for many years. He and Bambi accompanied the orchestra on their 1968 tour of Japan. He also represented Rogers and Cowan in the Bay Area. Ed then managed the West Coast office of the Rowland Company, a major public relations firm headquartered in New York City. He opened his own PR firm in 1974 and worked there until his retirement 35 years later, representing top wineries in California and France and some of the top entertainment personalities of his day.

One of his major clients was the San Francisco Performing Arts Center project, the non-profit entity that built Davies Symphony Hall and the Opera House extension. Some of the performers he worked with were Danny Kaye, The Supremes, conductor Seiji Ozawa, violinist Isaac Stern, and jazz pianist George Shearing. While working for the Jerold Panas fundraising firm, Ed visited Mexico often raising money for the ABC Hospital in Mexico City and Nuestros Hermanos Pequeños in Cuernavaca.

Ed was active in the arts. He was president of the University Art Museum in Berkeley, president of the San Francisco Ceramic Circle, on the board of the Mexican Museum, on the board of the Smuin Ballet, and was a consultant to several arts organizations. He loved painting and won several art director awards. For many years, he produced “Music at the Vineyards’ at the Paul Masson winery in Saratoga. He had a long career writing about diverse subjects with over 500 articles published in national and regional media. He worked as a food and wine columnist for many publications, including The Nob Hill Gazette and The New Fillmore. Ed and Bambi were passionate collectors of 18th century Worcester porcelain, Mexican folk art, and Chinese decorative arts. Their collecting led them to travel to Mexico and England often. During the last years of his life, Ed spent countless hours researching and purchasing antique teapots.

In 1989, Bambi and Ed bought a house in Inverness, spending many weekends there, moving there full-time in 2002. Ed opened an office in Pt. Reyes Station, became associated with West Marin Players that put on musicals at the Dance Palace, sat on the board of Gallery Route One, was active in the Inverness Yacht Club youth sailing program, and wrote pieces for The Point Reyes Light. In 2007, Ed and Bambi bought a home in Sayulita, Mexico, where they made many close friends and hosted an annual art show, Toilarte, in their powder room. Ed loved his years in Sayulita, indulging in wonderful meals with friends and family, fostering his love of Mexican folk art, rediscovering his bridge game, and creating art daily. He was generous with his art, donating pieces for local fundraisers, working with the director of the Sayulita Players, and sponsoring a student from Entre Amigos who had an interest in art. He also loved the beach, tooling around in his golf cart, and floating in his heated pool.

Ed leaves behind his beloved wife and daughters, Adriana Gores and Mariana Schwartz, and Victoria Schwartz, who pre-deceased him, as well as six grandchildren, Elisa Gores, Buchanan Gores, Genna Gores, Ana Clare Smith, Eva Smith, and Stella Smith. No matter how young, Ed took all his children and grandchildren to museums, the symphony, ballet, and more, passing his talents and love of art to his family, which brought him great joy even in his last weeks. With all these interests, he held his loving family above all.

Originally published by San Francisco Chronicle.

New York

Stephen H. Aidlin, Alpha (City College of New York) 1961

Stephen H. Aidlin died on July 1, 2020 at his home in Sarasota, Florida, surrounded by family and friends. Memorial ceremonies will be private, and in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be directed to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital or the Sarasota Orchestra. Stephen Aidlin was born in the Fall of 1940 to Samuel and Ruth Aidlin in Brooklyn, New York, later moving to Long Island, then Sarasota, FL in 1979. Aidlin studied Mechanical Engineering at City College of New York (CCNY) and earned his Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the prestigious Harvard Business School in 1964. Recruited directly from Harvard, Stephen joined the Scovill Manufacturing Corp, but true to his entrepreneurial spirit he left the major corporation to take over operations of father’s small engineering company, Aidlin Automation. Mr. Aidlin grew the company to become a significant contributor of engineering and manufacturing expertise to the packaging industry, specializing in the food and beverage, medical, and industrial sectors. Of note was Mr. Aidlin’s successful design, development, and launch of the plastic bottle base-cupper, developed specifically in support of the introduction of the first plastic beverage bottles by Coca-Cola in 1977. Later, Aidlin’s Air-Trans conveyor and mechanical systems would cover many miles of production lines in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Merck, and Duracell manufacturing facilities and the early use of robotic systems in the packaging industry. In 1979, Stephen moved Aidlin Automation from their location in New York to Bradenton, Florida where it continued steady growth, eventually employing over 175 employees and generating revenues over $20 million per year. In 1997, Mr. Aidlin sold the company which later was acquired by Tetra-Pak, the world’s largest packaging machine and materials firm (think juice-boxes and similar.) After divorce from his first wife, Stephen met Kay Mackey, who he would marry in 1986, and with whom he would travel the world and experience all life had to offer. After retirement, Stephen loved traveling the world, beautiful wines, telling jokes, and spending time with his family. Stephen also focused on mentorship of young businessmen and businesswomen; and was an active member of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Guild, Junior Achievement, the Sarasota Ballet and Sarasota Orchestra. Mr. Aidlin is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Kay; son, Timothy Aidlin; daughter, Alison Aidlin Stottlemyer; step-son, Marc Mackey; and three smart, incredibly lovely granddaughters.

Originally published by Robert Toale and Sons Funeral Home – Wiegand Chapel.


S. Lawrence Jacobs, Kappa Nu Kappa (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) 1951

S. Lawrence Jacobs of Pacific Palisades died on April 23, 2015, at 10 pm of pancreatic cancer. Born in New York City in 1929, Larry attended public school in New Rochelle, NY, received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph. D. in chemistry from University of Illinois. In 1985 he retired from a thirty-year career in Clinical and Toxicology Laboratory management during which time he served as a member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chair of various committees of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, Board member and President of Kehillat Israel Synagogue in Pacific Palisades, and Board member and Vice President of the Pacific Palisades Residents Association. Subsequent to retirement he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Palisades Community Council, volunteer management consultant to nonprofit organizations, member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Center for the Partially Sighted, Board member and Treasurer of Meals on Wheels in Santa Monica, and Board member of Chamber Music Palisades. His recent interests and activities included bicycling and playing French horn with several instrumental groups. Larry lived his life doing things his way. He earned the respect of his colleagues in both professional and volunteer endeavors. Most important he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who led his family with strength and kindness. He loved his family and they loved him in return. To all family and friends that knew him well, he will always be remembered. Larry is survived by his wife, Charlotte, his children, Sharon (David), Cynthia (Robert) and Everett, and his granddaughters, Rachel, Kimberley and Kaela. In lieu of flowers, donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society will be appreciated by the family.

Originally published by Los Angeles Times.


Col. Arthur J. Penner, Ph.D., Alpha Omicron of Phi Epsilon Pi (The Ohio State University) 1948

Colonel Arthur Jack Penner, age 97, peacefully passed away on February 23rd, 2022 in Jacksonville, FL. He was born on August 3, 1924 to Selma and Charles Penner in NYC, NY. His Hebrew name was Avrum Ben Yankle. He graduated from Glenville H. S. in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941, and began his undergraduate studies at Ohio State University. He took a hiatus from Ohio State University to enlist in the Army during WWII. The Colonel was selected to attend Flight School and flew in harm’s way as Navigator, navigating flights as far as Japan. He was always quick to volunteer to help in the most dangerous wartime operations, and went on mission all over the world with the Army. To honor his bravery during the War, he received five different medals.

Following WWII, he returned to his studies at Ohio State University, where he was Captain of the University Swim Team and an active member of the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics in 1948. He continued his studies at Case Institute of Technology (now Case-Western Reserve) in Cleveland, where he received his Master of Science in Astronomy in 1950. He continued taking post-graduate classes toward a PhD at Case while supporting his family. In 1949, he joined the Air Force as a Reservist and retired in 1973 as a Colonel. He took pride in his ability to serve his country, and was proud of his WWII Veteran status.

The Colonel had a long, distinguished career in the greeting card industry with American Greetings and Charmcraft. The Colonel was very involved in the Indian Guides and Little League in Euclid, Ohio during the 1950’s and 60’s. He was very active in the Disable American Veterans in Winterpark, Florida and then in Virginia Beach, VA. The Colonel loved spending time with his family at the beach and taking long hikes at North Chagrin Reservation in Cleveland years ago. A loyal Ohio State Buckeyes football fan, he enjoyed many games and delighted in talking about his team.

The Colonel was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Leah and Lino Lipinsky de Orlov and daughter Jacqueline Penner Safier. He is survived by his wife Consuelo Gonzaga Penner. He is also survived by his children: Linda Penner  Donley (Bill) of Monrovia, MD; Arthur Penner (late Martine Penner) of Montreal, Quebec; and Robert Penner of San Antonio, TX. He is survived by his grandchildren: Stephanie Double (Paul), Shannon Donley (Kody), Elizabeth Ellinger (Ben), Richard Safier and Sawyer Penner. He is survived by his great-grandchildren: Leah Jackson, Kelton Jackson, Noa Double, and Jacob, Henry and Sam Ellinger. The Colonel is also survived by his nephews Lino Lipinsky de Orlov (Diana DeGette) and Lucian Lipinsky de Orlov (Ann Marie), and their respective children: Raphaela (John), Francesca, Katrina and Genevieve.

From his family, they share these words from near and far: Zikhronah livrakha (may his memory be a blessing); Alav ha-shalom (peace be upon him).

Arrangements are under the direction of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Blvd., S.

Originally published by Hewell and Son Funeral Home (Southside) – Jacksonville.


Louis A. Rippner, Lambda (Case Western Reserve University) 1949

Louis Alan Rippner, known to his friends as “Lou” and his family as “Papa,” passed away on April 16, 2019 at the age of 91 surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on February 1, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Ethel (nee Kest) and William. Lou graduated from Case Western Reserve and received his law degree from Cleveland State University, after which he passed the Ohio bar. In 1955, he met the love of his life, Carol, and together they raised their three children, Laurie, Cindy, and Billy. Lou started his career in the furniture industry at Watkins Furniture in Cleveland while attending night law school, later becoming President of the company. In 1972, he moved his family to New Orleans to establish a new furniture division for retail holding company, City Stores. He then branched out in 1977 and started his own highly successful brand, Lou Rippner’s Compass Furniture, which prospers to this day under the leadership of his son Billy. During Lou’s career, he received many awards and accolades for his business acumen and was widely respected for his willingness to mentor others. Philanthropy and generosity were integral to Lou. He devoted his time to community, serving as the President of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, General Chairman of the New Orleans Jewish Welfare Fund, and Chairman of the Addison Reserve Jewish Welfare Fund. He and his wife also established the Rippner Family Foundation at Ochsner Hospital New Orleans to give back to the community that has been so good to them. Out of all of his accomplishments, his biggest “claims to fame” were his grandchildren and great-grandson. Lou was happiest when surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol (nee Mitnick), daughters Laurie Milani (Richard) and Cindy Kurtz (Brad), son William “Billy” (Janie), his eight grandchildren, and his great-grandson. As anyone who had the pleasure of coming across Lou can attest: to know him was to love him. Known for his eternal optimism and warmth, Lou had six priorities in life: family, family, family, candy, Compass Furniture, and golf. He was sweeter than the M&M’s in his pocket but was a shrewd businessman with infinite class. A private celebration of Lou’s life was held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2019 for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ochsner Clinic Foundation’s Rippner Family Fund. Checks can be sent to 1514 Jefferson Highway, BH 607, New Orleans, LA 70121 or online at, selecting the “Tribute” tab.

Originally published by The Times-Picayune.


Kenneth M. Duberstein, Alpha Tau (Franklin and Marshall College) 1965

Ken Duberstein, a former White House chief of staff who helped resuscitate Ronald Reagan’s presidency and went on to become a successful lobbyist whose counsel was sought by leaders of both parties, died on March 2 in Washington. He was 77.

His family confirmed his death, at Sibley Memorial Hospital, saying it had come after a long unspecified illness. He had struggled with a hereditary kidney disease and received a kidney transplant in 2014, with his son Andrew as the donor.

Duberstein was a consummate Washington insider and institutionalist, a big man with an easy smile and a generous laugh who could be hard-nosed, loved gossiping with reporters, believed in bipartisanship and offered his advice to anyone who asked — especially those who succeeded him in the chief of staff job, which he often described as being a “reality therapist” for the president.

Duberstein had joined the Reagan White House in 1981 as the president’s liaison to the House of Representatives, where he helped push through an extensive tax cut. Duberstein was later named chief of staff, in July 1988, and served until the end of the Reagan presidency. He is believed to be the first Jewish person to hold that position. He later founded and ran the Duberstein Group, a boutique lobbying firm whose clients included United Airlines, Goldman Sachs and Major League Baseball.

Kenneth Marc Duberstein was born on April 21, 1944, the son of Aaron Duberstein, a fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America, and Jewel (Falb) Duberstein, a teacher. He grew up loving New York hot dogs and Broadway shows, often paying for standing-room-only tickets, his wife said. In his later years he became a trustee for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington.

After high school, at the private Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, he attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., graduating in 1965. He obtained a master’s degree in political science at American University in Washington the following year.

In addition to his wife, Duberstein is survived by four children, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Andrew and Samantha Duberstein; and three grandchildren. He was divorced from his first wife, Marjorie Duberstein, and from his second, Sydney Duberstein, who died earlier.

In Washington, Duberstein was active in civic life. In addition to being a Kennedy Center trustee, he served on the boards of the Brookings Institution and the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Originally published by The Washington Post.


Dr. Fred Goldner, Jr. Alpha Gamma (Vanderbilt University) 1945

Fred Goldner, Jr., MD, May 21, 1925 – April 3, 2021 was born in Nashville, TN. He is predeceased by his parents, Fred Goldner, Sr. and Ida Weinberg Goldner and his sisters, Norma Neaderthal and Reta Guttman.

People who surrounded his life were inspired by his positive gentle charm and dry wit…Very dry. He had a spirit of faith and courage that enabled him to approach each day with tenacity and lightness of heart—always with hope. He had many accomplishments, but his greatest legacy is the love of his family. He will always be an inspiration for his children and grandchildren. He led an exemplary life. Above all, his love of his wife, Martha of 66 years has been an example for anyone who came to know them.

In honor of his life, and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the Adventure Science Center dedicated to the Arthur Lee Goldner Exhibition Hall and Nashville NPR.

Dr. Goldner graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt Pre-Med (1945-48) where he was president of ZBT, served as Circulation Manager of The Hustler and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A wrestler, played baseball which later ignited his devotion to Boston Red Sox and Vandy Basketball.

He interned at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and at Boston City Hospital, and was a resident at the Brigham Hospital in Boston and at Vanderbilt. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army and served in the Surgical Research Unit at Brooke Army Hospital in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He co-established the first Artificial Kidney Unit for the Armed Services. In Nashville, he founded the first clinic with an artificial kidney unit in Tennessee. He was also elected to the American Society of Hypertension and member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He was passionate about medicine and his practice focused on prevention of high blood pressure and high blood pressure control. He was president of the Nashville Cardiovascular Society and the Upper Cumberland Medical Society. He established Nashville’s Cardiac Work and Exercise Evaluation Clinic at Vanderbilt Hospital. He had many medical articles published.

His membership and association with The Temple Ohabai Sholom was defining of his religious life. Fred studied to make a Bar Mitzvah with Cantor Bernard Gutcheon at age 85. He served as president where he initiated the first Social Action Committee and was a long-term member of the executive committee. Additionally, he was a member of the Gordon Jewish Community Center (Board) and head of the Men’s Division of the Jewish Welfare Fund; a member of Sherith Israel Synagogue; and also a secretary and member of the initial Vanderbilt Board of Directors of Hillel.

He was pre-deceased by his son, Arthur Lee Goldner, MD. He is survived by his wife, Martha Helen Unobskey Goldner, and their three children: Cynthia Goldner, Francie (Michael Niederman) and Fredjoseph (Carmen Porras) and grandchildren, Aaron, Natalie, and Hannah, Dorian and Julian.

He retired as an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt University, and wrote and published Practice, Practice, Practice-Slices of Life from a Career in Medicine which detailed more than 50 years treating, diagnosing and referring patients. To recognize the depth of this accomplishments, in 2015 Vanderbilt University elected Dr. Goldner to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

The Family wants to express their gratitude to Alive Hospice, Lisa Koenig, Cindie Wiedeman, and the many caregivers who have helped us through the years, most recently Nadine Rigsby, Max Ebanks and Lucinda Johnson. His office staff of Trudi McDougall, Nadine Norman and Gladys Moore made all the difference to the office’s management and cordiality.

Originally published in care of Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home.


Gary Kashdan, Alpha Nu (University of Tennessee-Knoxville) 1969

Gary Kashdan, 72, of Atlanta, died July 16, 2019. Born Feb. 19, 1947, to the late Beatrice and Israel Kashdan, Gary grew up in Memphis, Tenn. He was married to the love of his life, Sivie, for 21 years.

Gary was an avid exerciser. He enjoyed traveling with Sivie, spending time with his granddaughters and weekly trivia with friends. His granddaughter Ella Hart Kashdan said, “Grandpa will always be in our hearts. He always had the sweetest smile and was so kind.”

Survivors include his wife Sivie Kashdan; sons, Jeff Kashdan (Stephanie), Scotty Barocas (Robyn), and David Barocas; granddaughters Ella Hart Kashdan and Sophie and Lily Barocas; sister Beverly Kashdan; and numerous cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. A graveside service was held July 18 at North Atlanta Memorial Park with Rabbi Neil Sandler officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

Originally published by Atlanta Jewish Times.


Bernard Belsky, Phi of Phi Sigma Delta (University of Vermont) 1952

Bernard “Bob” Belsky, Sugarlands, N.Y., a true gentleman and gentle man, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, July 8, 2021. He achieved his lifetime goal of leaving this world a better place than when he found it. Devoted husband of Eleanore Levine Belsky for 67 wonderful years. Son of the late Ethel and Benjamin Belsky. The sweetest daddy to Elizabeth Lieberman (Joel), Linda Baron (Dean) and Francine Godgart (Robert). A very proud Papa to Rachel and Rafi Lieberman, Zachary and Spencer Baron and Jacob and Benjamin Godgart. Brother of Albert (Susan) Belsky and Jane (Mark) Cohen. Brother-in-law to Norma Morris. Predeceased by Mae Belsky (stepmother). Leaving behind many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends who he loved and who loved him. Born on August 12, 1930, in Holyoke, Mass. Resident of Oceanside, N.Y. for 63 years and now Slingerlands. Graduate of UVM, a proud Korean War veteran, member of the Jewish War Veterans and the Masons President of Belsky Associates. He had a successful career as a manufacturers rep for plumbing and heating supplies. He was an active volunteer in organizations to help the needy and the Oceanside Community. He was a true mensch and will be greatly missed. May his memory forever be a blessing. Funeral Sunday, July 11, 2021, 12 p.m. in Gutterman’s Funeral Home, Rockville Centre, N.Y. Burial to follow in Beth Moses Cemetery, West Babylon, N.Y. Shiva Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14, at the Lieberman’s home from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., and on July 14 and July 15 at the Godgart’s home from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. For optimal safety measures our family is requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated and masked at all services and shivas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hatzilu Rescue Organization, 45 Manetto Road, Plainview, NY 11803 or Oceanside Jewish Center, 2860 Brower Avenue, Oceanside, NY 11572. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

Originally published by Albany Times Union.


R. Allan Paul, Phi of Phi Sigma Delta (University of Vermont) 1953

R. Allan Paul passed away peacefully at home on January 3, 2022, having lived a life full of love, law and golf. Allan was born on August 18, 1931, in Albany, N.Y., the son of James A. and Celia R. Paul. He graduated from Albany High School in 1949. While Albany was his place of birth, Burlington and Vermont were his home.

Allan made his way to the University of Vermont, where he was a brother of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity and received a bachelor of arts in political science in 1953. While at UVM, Allan met the love of his life, his college sweetheart Elsie Epstein, who would become his wife. Elsie graduated from UVM a year later, in 1954, and joined him in New York City, where Allan attended and graduated from Columbia Law School in 1956.

The day after graduating from law school, Allan returned to Vermont for his first job as a lawyer with A. Pearly Feen. Building a career founded on his love of the law and a strong desire to provide for his then-young family, he went on to fulfill one of his many professional goals by starting his own legal practice. In 1968, he, along with Joseph Frank and Peter Collins, formed Paul Frank and Collins. Allan served as its founding president for the first 26 years of its now 53-year history.

Throughout Allan’s life, he served his community and state, giving of his time and energy to public service and improving the legal profession to attract lawyers to the state. In 1965, Allan was elected to the Burlington Board of Alderman, representing what is now Ward 6. He was active in the Burlington Rotary, serving as its president, the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Business Roundtable; and he was a director and board chair of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, receiving that organization’s highest honor for his work in bringing science and math education initiatives to local schools.

Public service extended to Allan’s love and commitment to the synagogue where he and Elsie were married, and his three daughters were bat mitzvot and married. He was president of Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in the early 1970s.

One of Allan’s greatest honors was serving on the board of trustees of his alma mater, the University of Vermont. He served as a member of the board, including two years as board chair.

Allan was a strong supporter of the founding of Vermont Law School. He served on the board of trustees of Vermont Law School from 1994 to 2004 and as president of the board from 1995 to 2001. In 2006, he received an honorary degree from Vermont Law School.

He was a director of the Howard Bank for many years and served as board chair. The Howard Bank later became Banknorth Group, Inc. and then TD Bank.

He was a member of the Vermont State Racing Commission and its chair from 1977 to 1989. Allan served as president of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners from 1981 to 1982. He loved the beauty and excitement of horses. He and Elsie traveled all over the country with the racing commission.

Allan was recognized for his service to the state and honored as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2006.

A golfer from the time he was in high school, Allan loved the game and played at the Burlington Country Club as one of its longest-serving members, as well as in Florida for the nearly 20 years he and Elsie spent their winters there.

Above all else, Allan loved his family. He enjoyed his daughters’ countless dance recitals, gymnastic and swim meets, and musical performances and felt truly blessed to have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Allan is survived by Elsie, his wife of 67 years, and his daughters, Karen Paul and her husband, Mark Saba, of Burlington; Diana Kernoff and her husband, Bret Kernoff, also of Burlington; and Laurie Mittenthal and her husband, Eric Mittenthal, of Arlington, Va. He leaves his eight grandchildren, Andrew, Adam and Caroline Saba; Joshua Kernoff and his wife, Kathryn; Jennifer Patnaude and her husband, Bradley; and Dara Mittenthal; along with his four great-grandchildren, Annie, Daniel and Abraham Kernoff, and Molly Patnaude.

Allan lived life to its fullest, and his family is grateful for the many years we had his love, wisdom and guidance in our lives, memories and life lessons that will inspire and comfort us always. We are also grateful to Betsy McGee, Jamie Broomfield, Devin Kingsbury, Janice Lawrence, Silverleaf Home Care, Louise Brown, Mary Miller and Lina Sardella who were his caregivers in the last few weeks of his life. Their devotion to his care made it possible for Allan to remain at home, surrounded by his family.

Funeral services were at the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington. There was a graveside service immediately following at the Hebrew Holy Society Cemetery on Patchen Road in South Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Allan’s memory may be sent to the UVM Health Network – Home Health and Hospice, 1110 Prim Rd., Colchester, VT 05446 and Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 N. Prospect St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Originally published by Seven Days (Vermont’s Independent Voice).


Stanley H. Barer, Alpha Mu (University of Washington) 1963

Stanley H. Barer of Seattle passed away peacefully in his home on December 13, 2021, following a decade-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was an extraordinary attorney, entrepreneur and philanthropist who profoundly impacted civil rights, politics, international trade and education – a true witness and participant in shaping our collective history. He was dedicated to his family and friends as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, son and friend.

Stan was born August 22, 1939, in Walla Walla, Wash. to David and Dorothy Barer, who’d immigrated to this country from Ukraine and England, respectively, and made their life in the scrap metal business. The middle child and the first of his family to graduate from college, Stan knew from an early age that education was the key to his future success in America. His father encouraged him to get enough education to employ himself as major employers did not hire Jewish people at that time, which seeded his lifelong commitment to equity, inclusion and prosperity for all, and the rule of law.

After graduating from Walla Walla High, Stan earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington. He did well enough academically to be hired by U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson, who he worked for in Washington, D.C. as legal counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, which Senator Magnuson chaired. In D.C., Stan, a victim of bigotry, antisemitism and discrimination growing up, had the great honor to serve as the U.S. Senate lawyer for the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, helping to write the landmark legislation. From 1965-1967, he served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in Seattle, before returning to D.C. to serve as Magnuson’s Chief of Staff. In 1972, Barer served as legal counsel for the U.S. Delegation to the first United Nations Conference on the Environment at Stockholm, Sweden.

In 1974, he left D.C. and returned to Seattle, with the love of his life, Alta Barer, and joined the Garvey Schubert Barer law firm. It was then that he began what would become the focus of his long professional career: rebuilding U.S.-China trade relations, including the watershed 1979 legal opinion which reopened direct shipping and aviation between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China for the first time since 1950.

While a significant change to international law, it also embodied one of Stan’s core beliefs: The world we live in is filled with shared values and that civility can lead to greater understanding. He believed in the importance of finding commonalities in the face of vastly differing cultures of our global community. “China is different from the U.S. Most nations are different from the U.S. But the point remains: What do you have in common, rather than what divides you?,” he often said.

Eventually, his law firm represented China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), handling their entry in the United States. In 1982, he cofound Saltchuk Resources, a family of transportation and distribution companies that had acquired more than 30 entities across Air Cargo, Marine Services, Energy Distribution, Domestic Shipping, International Shipping and Logistics. He served as chairman of Saltchuk until 1994 and was named chairman emeritus in 2001.

In 2010, Stan and Alta co-founded the Barer Institute for Law & Global Human Services at the UW School of Law. The Barer Institute focuses on the multidisciplinary role of law in promoting improved outcomes in health, education, economic development and the rule of law in developing countries and countries in political transition. The goal of the Institute is to identify and mentor emerging lawyer-leaders who will be at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. The students have represented countries throughout Africa and South America, as well as Mongolia, China and Cuba. The Institute was the crowning achievement of Stan’s 50-year dedication to his alma mater – a significant portion of his life marked by a close relationship to the UW , from his higher education, to serving as a regent from 2004 to 2012 and as a member of the UW Foundation Board. He held volunteer roles with UW Law, UW Medicine and the Burke Museum as well. Stan’s unyielding belief was that access to education was the very structure of human empathy, that through learning, through teaching, through conversation, a common language could be found.

A staunch Democrat, Stan was an American first, advising Presidents on matters of international trade regardless of party affiliation, from Johnson through Obama. Active in political fundraising, Stan and Alta hosted several such events in the Barer family home. They hosted Hillary Clinton as First Lady and then again as a candidate for the U.S. presidency and held several events for former U.S. Sen., Secretary of State and presidential candidate John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Over his career, Stan earned global recognition for his achievements, including the 2021 Gates Volunteer Service Award presented to individuals whose philanthropy and service have taken the UW to new heights. In 2011 and again in 2018, Stan was honored in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in furthering relations between China and the United States. The award was given by the Western Returned Scholars Association Entrepreneur Alliance with several hundred Chinese officials in attendance. In 1996, he was honored with the National Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award, the most prestigious transportation award in the U.S.

Stan’s passion for international trade led him to co-found the Washington State China Relations Council and work on the Washington Council on International Trade and Development. He was chairman of the Subcommittee on Maritime and Aviation Law of the National Council for U.S./China trade and a board member of the China General Aviation Development Association.

He was the founding co-chair of the joint U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum, which developed an eight-point recommendation in May 2009 to the two nation’s governments for the establishment of a joint clean energy research program. That led to the landmark agreement announced several months later by President Hu and President Obama in 2009 to establish the joint Clean Energy Research Center (CERC).

Beyond his public and professional accomplishments, Stan never met a fish he didn’t want to catch. He grew up trout fishing each summer at Loon Lake, Wash. with his family, eventually turning his hobby into his passion. He loved nothing more than traveling around the world with Alta and friends, looking for that perfect place to cast his line. He was a voracious reader and a devoted fan of the Huskies, Seahawks, and his beloved Seattle SuperSonics. His work with China also fostered a great love and respect for Chinese culture, his travels to the Far East some of his fondest memories. Stan was possessed with unique curiosity, always looking for both adventure and debate, able to have a conversation with anyone and able to make the person he was speaking to feel like the most important person in the world. A great listener and an old-school orator, Stan had a tremendous sense of humor that often skewed toward the mischievous – when he laughed, he did so with his whole body. He was a true patriarch for his extended family, a man of wisdom and grace, whose loyalty never wavered.

Stanley H. Barer was preceded in death by his wife Alta, his son Aaron Sr., and his sister Janice (Barer) Curran. He is survived by his daughter Leigh K. Barer and her husband Jonathan W. Fitzgerald; his grandsons Aaron Jr., Julian and Roman Barer, and Ethan Hunt; his brother Burl Barer, and a large extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family held a private funeral and will host a memorial service for Stan’s many friends and family in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to UW Law School or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Originally published by The Seattle Times.

West Virginia

Lt. Col Richard (Dick) J. Seelen, Gamma Epsilon (Marshall University) 1972

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Joseph Seelen, Retired, 72, passed away on October 26, 2021, at his home in Herndon, VA. He and his wife, Rebecca Seelen, shared 47 years of marriage together.

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, he was the son of Francis and Eda Seelen. He graduated with a Masters of Science in Cartogaphy from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force for 22 years and retired at the rank Leiutenant Colonel in 2000. Post retirement, he worked as a systems engineer for 15 years and most recently, enjoyed working as a substitute teacher.

He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau, the Air Force Association, and St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He will be remembered for his love of teaching, his love of his country, and his faith in God.

He is survived by his wife Rebecca, his children Richard Seelen II, Amanda Seelen, Emily Tanzola, and Timothy Seelen; grandchildren Maveric Seelen, and Nixon, Lola, and Indie Mae Tanzola; his sister Roberta Seelen-Wolf and beloved dog Hazel.

He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Eda Seelen, sister Janet Seelen-Haught and brother Jeffrey Seelen and his dog Sir Tucker.

The funeral service will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church on November 8, 2021 at 10:30 am with a reception to follow. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charities for the Wounded Warriors Project ( or Pets for Vets (

Originally published by Adams-Green Funeral Home & Crematory.


Jerome (Jerry) A. Chazen, Alpha Kappa (University of Wisconsin) 1947

Jerome A. Chazen, Liz Claiborne’s former chief executive officer and chairman and one of the architects of the apparel giant’s phenomenal growth in the ’80s, died Feb. 6. He was 94.

He died at home of natural causes surrounded by his family, according to his son David.

Chazen spearheaded the sales, marketing, distribution and licensing programs that were a significant part of Claiborne’s success. He joined Claiborne in 1977, the year after it was founded by Liz Claiborne and her husband, Brother Arthur Ortenberg, Alpha Kappa (University of Wisconsin) 1947, and Leonard Boxer. By 1989, Fortune magazine recognized the firm as the largest women’s apparel company in the U.S.

Born March 21, 1927 in New York City, Chazen served in the Navy in World War II and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he and Ortenberg met and were roommates. Chazen then went on to earn an MBA from Columbia Business School. He began his career as an analyst on Wall Street and spent the following 16 years in retailing, including 11 years at Winkelman’s prior to joining Claiborne.

Chazen previously said in interviews that he, Ortenberg and Claiborne in 1975 discussed the idea of forming Liz Claiborne, a plan that came to fruition in 1976. Chazen, who couldn’t immediately leave his job at that time, joined the following year.

The four founding partners divided up responsibilities. Chazen handled sales and marketing, Ortenberg focused on finance and operations, Claiborne focused on design and Boxer handled production. The company was able to offer value and prices that hadn’t been previously available in the U.S. by shifting production overseas.

After Claiborne and Ortenberg retired in 1989, Chazen was named chairman and CEO, and chairman emeritus in 1996. He was succeeded as chairman and ceo by Paul Charron.

Throughout his time at Claiborne, Chazen was widely praised for his strong marketing skills and his solid relationships with department stores. He was also a pioneer in developing international sourcing strategies in the early Eighties and oversaw the company’s retail concepts. Chazen also brought the company into the moderate market by way of acquisition.

Chazen described how he set out to break the rules of retailing to build a major company, which, by the time he left in 1996, was generating more than $2 billion in revenues.

Once he left Claiborne, he was often asked what he thought about the turn of events as the brand gradually withered and lost its appeal. “All I can say is it’s obvious the years have not been kind to Liz Claiborne. The company has changed dramatically and, unfortunately, not for the better,” Chazen said. After he retired, he   continued to serve on the board of the Liz Claiborne Foundation, the philanthropic arm. Today, Liz Claiborne is now known as Kate Spade & Co., part of Tapestry, Inc.

In 1991, Chazen founded the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of Global Business at his alma mater, Columbia Business School. In addition to promoting academic research and symposia, the institute has given the opportunity to hundreds of students to work and study internationally as part of their MBA studies.

In May 2018, Chazen received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in recognition of a career comprised of extraordinary accomplishments.

Chazen and his wife Simona, a practicing psychotherapist, along with their children, created the Chazen Foundation to support causes they were passionate about, including the University of Wisconsin, Columbia Business School, The Metropolitan Opera, the Museum of Arts and Design, The Louis Armstrong House & Archives, the Lupus Research Alliance, among many other social causes.

In 2003, Jerry and Simona Chazen, along with John Wiley, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, worked together to expand the existing university art museum with a new building that was more than double the size. The museum opened in 2009 and was renamed The Chazen Museum of Art. The Chazens also agreed to leave the vast bulk of their world-class collection to the museum.

The couple, who met at the University of Wisconsin and were married 72 years, had a lifelong love affair with jazz music, especially Louis Armstrong. Chazen had been a critical supporter and helped preserve Armstrong’s original Queens home and through the House Museum preserved the cultural, historical and humanitarian legacy of the jazz great.

In addition to his wife Simona and son David, Chazen is survived by children, Kathy Chazen (who is married to Larry Miller) and Louise Chazen Banon (husband Sidney) and seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Originally published by WWD (Women’s Wear Daily), centering on the fashion industry. Read the full article here.


Dennis J. Creegan, Delta Sigma (Marquette University) 1979

Born to eternal life on February 20, 2022 at the age of 64 years. Beloved husband of Tina for 40 years. Loving father of Gina (Brian) Misiora, Danielle (Bruno) Yabuta and Nick Creegan. Amazing Papa of Halaina, Rocco, Gianna, Luca, Jolie and Evie. Cherished son of Virginia (the late Darrell) Creegan. Dear brother of Colleen (Jay) Walt and Daniel (Sara) Creegan. Special brother-in-law of Carmelo (Carol) Puglisi. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Dennis was a graduate of Marquette University. He was employed as the CFO at Waterstone Mortgage Corp. and admired by all. While his professional accomplishments were plentiful, he will mostly be remembered as a selfless man of faith and family with a passion for golf, lake life, woodworking, and bourbon. Thank You G-d for every minute he was in our lives.

Services were in early March.

Originally published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.