July 10, 2008
On June 1, a single woman, 100 years and seven months old, died in Los Angeles, where she lived almost her entire life. Goldyne Savad, one of the brightest and prettiest of her family, was the only one born in the United States after her parents and five siblings emigrated from Ukraine in 1907. Though she was a very gifted student, there was no money for college. Her loftiest job description was that of secretary. She is now buried next to her beloved mother, Bessie, in East Los Angeles where she grew up.
Although lacking in fame or flourish, she was a force of nature. What she lacked in name recognition she more than made up in drive and determination. Fiercely independent, she worked every day of her life at a modest-paying job, and the last 10 years were at the Janss Corp. She supported her mother and herself and saved money from her meager paychecks. And she invested. Carefully. Wisely. Studiously. She made a fortune as an autodidact in the stock market with quality stocks and bonds.
During her lifetime, she gave millions for cancer research. She was a lifetime member of Hadassah and endowed a genetic therapy project, and in her will, she provided additional funds for the Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy at the Hadassah Hospital at Ein Keren, near Jerusalem, and will contribute to a new hospital being built there. Locally, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte will benefit from large donations.
How did it come to pass that this unmarried secretary without any inherited wealth came to make these multimillion dollar gifts to charity and medical research? Who can say for sure. As her surviving nephews, we can suggest that she was committed to giving. As a Jew, she embraced tzedakah. Giving to others. Generously. Totally. Quietly. No trumpets.
Although now physically gone, her life, thoughtfulness and generosity will provide hope for perhaps millions of people facing cancer: Jew, Muslim, Christian, Bahai, Hindu, white, black, yellow, red and brown who will never know her name but who will benefit from what one woman can do. And did.
-- Dr. Lawrence Rosen and Martin Rosen
Patrice Ruth "Patti" Atkin died June 22 at 69. She is survived by her sons, Daryl, Brian and Scott; and sister, Estelle (Stewart) Cowen. Mount Sinai
Nate Manuel Blons died June 23 at 99. He is survived by his son, George; daughter, Judy Kerkhoff; and grandson, Sean. Sholom Chapels
Roslyn Reisel Cooperman died June 22 at 82. She is survived by her husband, Barnet; sons, Bruce (Jay-Jo), Daniel (Mary McMahon), William (David C. Hubley) and Andrew (Christine); daughter, Meredith (Dr. Jason Abber); nine grandchildren; and brother, Arthur, (Libby) Reisel. Mount Sinai
John Doronn died June 26 at 47. He is survived by his wife, Robin; sisters, Candy (Gordon) Yeager and Shana; and aunt, Lynn Berger. Mount Sinai
Jacob Elkes died June 25 at 93. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Jane Helfman and Judy (Charles) Goldman. Sholom Chapels
Esther Epstein died June 27 at 91. She is survived by her son, Harvey (Vicki); daughter, Adrienne Lipman; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Wolf, Norma Gorman and Emily Chaloff. Mount Sinai
Seymour Fleischer died June 24 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Irma; daughter, Debbie (Rick) Lebby; son, Arthur (Leslie) Fleischer; and sister, Evelyn Mastrov. Malinow and Silverman
David Moses Frankel died June 24 at 81. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; sons Mordecai Boa, and Ariah; brother, Hal. Sholom Chapels
Muriel Gluck died June 27 at 97. She is survived by her great-nephew, Jon Kaswick. Hillside
Louis Greenberg died June 24 at 91. He is survived by his son, Mark; and one grandchild. Malinow and Silverman
Estelle Harris died June 26 at 72. She is survived by her husband, Leonard Avery; son, Charles; and brother, Leon Wintroub. Mount Sinai
Joseph Ilowitz died June 26 at 91. He is survived by his wife, Theodora; stepdaughter, Rozanna (Armond) Lebowitz; grandsons, David (Jennifer) and Brandford Lebowitz; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Talia. Mount Sinai
Gloria Ducker Kanner died June 27at 84. She is survived by her husband, Leonard; and daughter, Jaclyn. Mount Sinai
Melvin Karlin died June 21 at 86. He is survived by his significant other, Dorothy Siegel; daughters, Patricia (Bob Fleischman) Greenspan and Laurie (Jeff) Reuter; sons, Sam and Larry (Debra); nephew, Jan; and seven grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman
Sylvia Lorna Klainman died June 28 at 83. She is survived by her daughters, Janet and Linda; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brother, Michael. Groman
Joseph Jason Klayman died July 5 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Dina; daughters, Valerie and Karen; and sisters, Betty (Sam) Tobias and Sheila (Boomie) Greenberg. Mount Sinai
Nedra Klein died June 28 at 55. She is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter, Sarah Kupersmith; and son, James. Mount Sinai
William Kronenberg died June 22 at 96. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Allyx (Ronald Hayum); son, Dr. Mitchell (Hilde); and three grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman
Rita Levy died June 25 at 75. She is survived by her husband, Alan; daughter, Tracey (Richard) Laykoff; son, Howard (Lauren); and three grandchildren, Johanna, Michele and Jillian. Mount Sinai
Shirley Magidson died June 26 at 83. She is survived by her children, Mark, Debra and Rita; five grandchildren; sisters, Gertrude and Florence; and brother, Neal. Hillside
Rose Ruth Mandel-Joffe died May 26, at 99. She is survived by her son, Ira; sister, Sylvia; two grandchildren, Joel and Ron; and five great-grandchildren. Groman
Samuel Raboy died June 21 at 80. He is survived by his wife, Paula; son, Mark; daughter, Sheryl Klein; stepchildren Sheryl Garcia and Steven Schilling; grandchildren; and brother, Dr. Joseph. Sholom Chapels
Louis Rosenberg died June 27 at 86. He is survived by his wife, Din; son, Sergio (Fruma); daughters, Lucy Abramowitz and Gloria (Jack) Bitman; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Edith Knapp. Mount Sinai