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October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

Faye Abkin died Oct. 7 at 90. She is survived by her sons, Michael and Gary Abkin; daughter, Jeanine (Guy) Saperstein; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Irving Davis died Oct. 7 at 82. He is survived by his wife, Elinor; son, Steve; daughter, Charlene Jacobs; stepson, Todd Feder; stepdaughters, Lauren Feder and Sherry Dontas; and nine grandchildren. Hillside

Maurice Dratler died Oct. 9 at 83. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughter, Lucille; son, Mark (Lil); and brother, Phil (Judy). Mount Sinai

Raina Goldman died Oct. 6 at 90. She is survived by her son, Robert (Royce); grandchild, Gayle; and sister, Arline Friendlich. Mount Sinai

Sylvia Goodwin died Oct. 7 at 83. She is survived by her brother, Emanuel (Jackie) Gladstone; niece, Brenda; and greatniece, April Hanie. Malinow and Silverman/Sol Levinson Bros., Baltimore.

Milton Hoffman died Oct. 6 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Paula; son, Nathan (Donna); daughter, Sheri (Allen) Tuchman; six grandchildren; and brother, Richard. Mount Sinai

Tor Jensen died Oct. 8 at 46. He is survived by his wife, Leslie; son, Erik; daughter, Paige; sisters, Gwen (Lloyd) Clark and Nina (Jim Pauly); brother, Karl Taylor; mother-in-law, Sheila (Irv) Fox; brother-in-law, Jeff (Robin) Fox; and sister-in-law, Terri (Aron) Baumel. Mount Sinai

Phoebe Hammer Katz died Oct. 11 at 81. She is survived by her son, Steven; daughter, Michele Farrari; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Groman

Murray Kessler died Oct. 11 at 98. He is survived by his granddaughter, Vicki Gillett. Malinow and Silverman

Lillian Kleinfeld died Oct. 10 at 98. She is survived by her daughter, Flora Leisure-Rubenhold; grandchild, Maya Leisure Cruz; great-grandchild, Rudy; and sister, Eve Hochberg. Mount Sinai

Stan Kohn died Oct. 10 at 79. He is survived by his wife, Dojie; daughters, Perri (Todd) Stevenson and Page (Jeff) Smart; stepsons, David and Michael Reisman; and three grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Thomas Nolan Knickerbocker died Oct. 2 at 45. He is survived by his wife, Dana. Malinow and Silverman

Selma Jacobs died Oct. 12 at 92. She is survived by her husband, William; sons, Robert (Nancy), Stuart (Susan) and Mitchell (Mary); nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Morris Skaletsky. Mount Sinai

Claire Jaslow died Oct. 12 at 82. She is survived by her son, Lee; daughter Carol Kundin; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Shirley Gutowitz and Ilene Soyt. Groman

Marshall Labow died Oct. 3 at 63. He is survived by his wife, Frumeh. Malinow and Silverman

Barry Menes died Oct. 8 at 59. He is survived by his wife, Kerey; brothers, Ian Davis and Paul (Sheryl); mother, Leona; and father, Herbert. Mount Sinai

Lillian Irene Newman died Oct. 7 at 91. She is survived by her husband, Samuel; sons, Dr. Philip and Joel (Jane); and two grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Ellen Rosenbloom died Oct. 11 at 81. She is survived by her son, Stephen; daughter, Ronna Johnson; and 10 grandchildren. Groman

Frank Harry Sacks died Oct. 10 at 91. He is survived by his wife; Bertha; daughter, Ronnye (Fred) Johnson; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Malinow and Silverman

Norman Elliot Schlosberg died Oct. 5 at 74. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; son, Gary (Feather); daughter, Kathe (Darren); five grandchildren; and brothers, Len (Ruth) and Ted (Kitty). Hillside

Irene Sheldon died Oct. 12 at 86. She is survived by her son, Robert; daughter, Joani Fields; and one grandchild. Groman

Hy Spikell died Oct. 6 at 98. He is survived by his sons, Bruce and Mark; daughters, Stefanie and Reena; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

Sidney Steinfeld died Oct. 10 at 85. He is survived by his daughters, Joan (Philip) Bauman and Patricia (Jerry Meier); three grandchildren; one great-grandson; brother, Seymour (Bernice); and two nieces. Mount Sinai

Nathan Sugarman died Oct. 5 at 85. He is survived by his daughters, Nancy (Howard) LeCover and Renee (Bijan) Bokhour; sons, Stan and Dr. Gary (Donna); six grandchildren; sister, Sarah Gross; and brother, David. Mount Sinai

Jason Toledo died Oct. 12 at 29. He is survived by his mother, Melanie Bass; father, Joey; sisters, Alexandra and Jena Bass; grandmother, Gladys Bass; and fiancee, Keli Hughes. Mount Sinai

Tateel Susan Weisfeld died Oct. 12 at 61. She is survived by her children, Ben and Abe Berman; stepchildren, Beth and Ben Tateel; and mother, Rose.

Lon Yankofsky died Oct. 10 at 55. He is survived by his mother, Freda; sisters, Barbara Lisbona and Louise (Jimmy) Briscoe; nephew, Andrew Briscoe. Mount Sinai


GERALD D. ZASLAW, a longtime leader in child welfare, died in a boating accident on Oct. 7 off the coast of Catalina. He was 63.

Zaslaw devoted his professional life to developing and administering programs and services designed to make a difference in the lives of youngsters who had experienced trauma, as well as those facing mental health or developmental challenges.

For 15 years, Zaslaw served as president and CEO of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services in West Los Angeles, one of the nation's largest, most comprehensive child-services centers. Vista is often pointed to as a model for the delivery of both residential and outpatient care, and Zaslaw is credited with creating many of the organization's most innovative programs.

"Jerry's vision, expertise, and unwavering commitment are in large part responsible for the preeminent position Vista holds today in the child-welfare arena," said Dr. Elias Lefferman, Vista Del Mar's current president and CEO. Prior to joining Vista Del Mar in 1987, Zaslaw seved as executive director of the San Diego Center for Children, a residential and community treatment facility for mentally ill youngsters. His other positions included executive director, Christie School; director, Child/Adolescent Secure Treatment Program, Oregon State Hospital; executive director, North Idaho Children's Home; director, Pasadena Drug Treatment Center; and assistant executive director, Five Acres.

A native of Minnesota, Zaslaw grew up in Pasadena. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his master's degree from USC.

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