Obituaries for January 19

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Jerome Boden

Jerome Boden died Dec. 29 after a battle with cancer.
Boden was a consummate family man. His dedication to his wife of 56 years and his children, grandchildren and extended family formed the nucleus of his life.

Boden received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, master’s degree in industrial engineering and statistics and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering. He spent his working career at Western Electric, Martin Marietta and the Coast Guard.

His hobbies included playing the trumpet and listening to jazz, dancing, playing chess and listening to audiobooks. However, all his activities were a distant second to his love for and commitment to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; his four children, Robin (Rich Skolnik), Barry (Rachel Gafni), Steven (Karen) and Louise (Zac Tolin); eight grandchildren and his brother, Arthur. He will be remembered by all the people whose lives he touched as an extremely gentle, humble and giving individual.

Donations may be made to Tikvat Israel Congregation and the Maryland State Library for the Blind. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Milton Eisner

Milton Eisner, 68, of McLean, died Nov. 11 of esophageal cancer. He was the son of Max and Beatrice Eisner.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

He is survived by a sister, Diane Eisner Korman; a son, Jason Eisner; two daughters, Suzanne Eisner Quersher and Gail A. Eisner Fisher; grandsons Alexander and Barrett; granddaughters Lily, Haley and Jasmine; nephew Benjamin Korman and niece Miriam Korman.

Herbert Heldman

Herbert Heldman, 87, of Rockville, died Dec. 31.

He was the son of Esther and Samuel Heldman. He earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University.

Heldman ran economic consulting firms for 40 years, and helped colleges plan their expansions and banks identify areas to open new branches. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1955.

He was president of the board of trustees of the former Walden School in New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a facilitator of the men’s club at the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville.

He is survived by two sons, Paul Heldman of Gaithersburg and Andreas Heldman of Naples, Fla.; daughter-in-law Jewel Bradstreet Heldman of Gaithersburg; daughter-in-law Kathy Roubekas Heldman of Naples; two grandsons, Max Heldman of Gaithersburg and Dylan Heldman of Dallas; a granddaughter, Emily Heldman Wolinsky, and grandson-in-law, Charley Wolinsky of Port Chester, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.

Matt Redman

Matt Redman, 67, of Los Angeles, died Dec. 12.

He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Temple University.

He was co-founder of the AIDS Project Los Angeles and a relentless voice on the board of directors for more than 30 years.

He is survived by a brother, Brian Redman, and sister-in-law, Debbie Redman, of Potomac; and nieces Rachel Redman Levin and Samantha Redman of New York.

Nelson Milton Terry

Nelson Milton Terry, 76, of Washington, died Dec. 2.

He was the son of Olive C. H. Arnold and Godwin Terry.

He immigrated to the United States and settled in Washington where he continued his trade in upholstery, tailoring and interior design. He was a passionate community organizer and activist for social justice in the city.

Later in life, he worked as a small business owner and successful entrepreneur.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Terry, children, grandchildren, loving friends and family.

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Obituaries for Jan. 12, 2017

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Nat Hentoff, left, with his son Nick. Photo via Twitter.

Nat Hentoff, left, with his son Nick.
Photo via Twitter.

Nat Hentoff, journalist, author, music critic and social activist, dies at 91

Nat Hentoff, who wrote about civil liberties and jazz for The Village Voice for 50 years and also wrote for The New Yorker, The Washington Post, DownBeat magazine and other publications, has died.

Nathan Irving Hentoff — who grew up in the Roxbury section of what he once called the “pervasively anti-Semitic city” of Boston — died Jan. 7 at the age of 91. His son Nick announced his death in a tweet: “Sad to report the death of my father #NatHentoff tonight at the age of 91. He died surrounded by family listening to Billie Holiday.”

Hentoff was the author of more than 30 books, including novels and young adult and nonfiction books, many dealing with the Constitution and free speech.

He was a jazz critic in New York in the 1950s and went on to write books about musicians and the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s. He also became an activist, marching against the Vietnam War and for civil rights.

Hentoff was born in Boston to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents. The New York Times reported that he tried to rebel at the age of 12 by publicly eating a salami sandwich on Yom Kippur as people walked by him on the way to synagogue, which angered his father and his neighbors. He said later that he did it to know how it felt to be an outcast, calling the experience “enjoyable.”

He attended Boston’s Latin School, and graduated with honors from Northeastern University in 1946. In 1950, he was a Fulbright fellow at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In 2013, a biographical film about Hentoff, titled “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” spotlighted his career as a jazz critic and as a first amendment advocate.

He once told an interviewer how jazz intersected with his career as a defender of the Bill of Rights. “I’ll leave you with this — every once in a while writing about my day job I get so down I have to stop,” he said. “I literally stop and put on a recording, and then that sound, that feeling, that passion for life gets me up and shouting again and I can go back to grim stuff of what’s happening in the rest of the world.”

Hentoff was liberal when it came to civil liberties but conservative when it came to issues such as abortion, which he opposed.

He was married three times, and considered himself an atheist.

—JTA News and Features

Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-Jewish sociologist

WARSAW — Zygmunt Bauman, a Polish-Jewish sociologist and philosopher who authored more than 50 books, has died.

Bauman, who wrote on subjects ranging from the fluidity of identity in the modern world to consumerism, died Jan. 9 at his home in Leeds, England. He was 91.

His work focused on the outcasts and the marginalized, and dealt with modernity and globalization.
Bauman believed that the genocide of the Holocaust and totalitarian systems were unnatural but the logical consequence of modernity. They were the culmination of the idea of progress and purity which, according to Bauman, were of crucial importance for the dynamics of modernity.

Bauman was born in 1925, in Poznan, to a family of poor Polish Jews. After the outbreak of World War II he fled with his parents to the Soviet Union. In 1944 he joined the Polish army; he fought in the Battle of Berlin the following year.

In the years 1945 to 1953, Bauman served as an officer in a Stalinist-era military organization, the Internal Security Corps, a communist counterespionage organization. He acknowledged in 2006 that he worked for the organization but only in a desk job, though others who worked for the corps reportedly killed resisters to the regime.

He was viewed by many in Poland as an enemy of the country and in 2013 was booed off the stage during a debate in Wroclaw, after which he never returned to the country.

Following World War II, Bauman studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. As a member of the philosophy faculty at the university, he taught Marxism. After October 1956 he became one of the first sociology scholars in Poland.

As a result of the communist regime’s anti-Semitic campaign, in March 1968 he was fired from the University of Warsaw, where he was head of the Department of General Sociology. He was forced to leave Poland.

From 1969 to 1971 he lectured at universities in Tel Aviv and Haifa. In 1971 he moved to the United Kingdom, where he became involved with the University of Leeds, becoming head of the sociology department until his retirement in 1990.

In recent years he became an outspoken critic of Israel’s government for its treatment of the Palestinians.
In his recent book “Strangers at Our Door” he analyzed the refugee crisis, the panic it caused and the narrative built around it by politicians and the media.

In a 2009 interview, Bauman was optimistic about the Jews’ place in the Diaspora and the possibilities for societies to embrace pluralism.

“Now, however, it looks like that diasporic context of our living will not go away — it will be there forever, so learning how to live with strangers day in, day out without abandoning my own strangeness is high on the agenda,” he said. “You are a stranger, I am a stranger, we all remain strangers, and nevertheless we can like or even love each other.”

—JTA News and Features

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Obituaries for January 5, 2017

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rabbi-lionel-blueRabbi Lionel Blue, the first openly gay British rabbi, dies at 86

Rabbi Lionel Blue, the first openly gay British rabbi and a popular on-air personality, has died.

Blue, a broadcaster on BBC Radio 4’s “Thought for the Day” show for 30 years, died Dec. 19 at 86. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years. His funeral was held Dec. 20.

He served as European director of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

Blue, the son of a tailor and a grandson of Russian immigrants, was evacuated from London during World War II. He would live with 16 different families on the British countryside.

As a young man he had a nervous breakdown while serving in the armed forces when he realized that he was gay. Blue underwent years of psychoanalysis to deal with it.

After flirting with Christianity, Blue turned back to Judaism and was ordained a Reform rabbi in 1960. He was the first British rabbi to come out as gay, in 1980, and supported groups such as the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews.

“Lionel was a wonderful and inspirational man who spoke with such wisdom and humor, and whose words reached out far beyond the Jewish community,” his synagogue, Bei Klal Yisrael, wrote in a Facebook post announcing his death.

—JTA News and Features

Ex-POW featured in Hillary Clinton campaign ads dies

Joel Sollender, a World War II prisoner of war who appeared in television ads for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has died.

The cause of his death on Dec. 27 was congestive heart failure, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Dec. 29. Sollender, who was Jewish, was 92.

“He had a great patriotic feeling about this country and the war affected him in many profound ways,” his widow, Dorothy, told the Union-Tribune in a phone interview from the couple’s home in Poway, Calif. “Here was this smart-ass Jewish intellectual from New York City who became friends in the Army with a Missouri farmer, an Indian bootlegger. He just got along with everyone because he was a person for every man and he truly loved America.”

Sollender told the Union-Tribune in November that he was irked by presidential candidate Donald Trump’s remarks during a Republican primary event last year in Ames, Iowa, mocking Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and a POW during the Vietnam War. Trump said the former Navy pilot wasn’t “a war hero because he was captured.”

Reports of Sollender’s anger reached Clinton election headquarters in Brooklyn, and a camera team taped him soon afterword for two ads. A 30-second spot showed Sollender and other veterans reacting strongly to a string of Trump comments about the military. An 80-second ad featured Sollender alone, crying in his home as he reflected on his POW experience that was “70 years ago, and yesterday.”

Both ads debuted on Sept. 16 — National Prisoners of War Remembrance Day — and played in heavy rotation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other battleground states.

“He was devastated that Trump won and worried about the future of the country,” Dorothy Sollender said.
Born in Manhattan, Sollender was pulled away from City College of New York by World War II. He was recruited into the 346th Regiment of the Army’s 87th Infantry Division.

He was captured on Dec. 11, 1944, in France and imprisoned in Stalag 3A near Luckenwalde, Germany, according to military records kept by the National Archives.

His decorations included a Bronze Star for valor, the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war, Sollender finished his studies at New York University, majoring in business administration. He became an executive in the textile industry before retiring in 1992. The Sollenders had two children, one of

whom died in a car accident in 2002.
Besides his wife, Sollender is survived by a son,  Jonathan Lee Sollender, and six grandchildren, two of whom serve in the military.

—JTA News and Features

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Obituaries for Dec. 29, 2016

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george_michaelBritish pop star George Michael, who had Jewish roots, dies at 53

British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly at the age of 53.

Michael died at his home in England of heart failure, his publicist said. His family asked for privacy during this time.

Michael first achieved fame as one of two members of the popular 80s band WHAM! before beginning his solo career, where he was known for his catchy dance tunes and provocative lyrics.

In a June 2008 interview, Michael told the Los Angeles Times that his maternal grandmother was Jewish but married a non-Jewish man and raised her children with no knowledge of their Jewish background due to her fear during the period of World War II.

“She thought if they didn’t know that their mother was Jewish, they wouldn’t be at risk,” Michael told the newspaper. His mother attended convent school, losing any shred of memory of her mother’s Jewishness.

He acknowledged his homosexuality in 1998 after being arrested for public lewdness in Los Angeles, where he attempted to pick up a man in a public bathroom.

His first solo album, 1987’s “Faith,” sold more 20 million copies, and he had several hit singles including “I Want Your Sex,”  “Father Figure,” “One More Try,” and “Praying For Time.”

He was named Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou when he was born in 1963 in London to Greek Cypriot parents.
Police said in a statement that the death was “unexplained but not suspicious,” and his publicist said he had not been ill.

—JTA News and Features

Theodore Harold Morse

Theodore Harold Morse, 86, passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, in Centreville, Md.

Morse grew up in Brockton, Mass. After graduating high school, earning a certificate as a radio technician and serving in the Army, he moved to Washington, where he was a member of the board of directors and a counter man at Atlantic Plumbing Supply Co. He later bought Hampton Aquarium Inc. in Landover (1982-1993). After retiring and moving to Chester, Md. he helped the community as a driver for the Jewish Social Services Agency in Rockville. In addition to his family, his great passions were his dogs and sports. He was an avid fan of the Redskins (62 years) Capitals (42 years) the Washington Senators/Nationals and the Boston Braves.

Morse is survived by his spouse of 53 years, Sandra (Jacobs) Morse of Chester; his daughter, Anita (Morse) Silverman (Chuck) of Christiansburg, Va.; his son, Leonard B. Morse of Silver Spring; his brother, Jack (Jo) Morse of Palm Spring Gardens, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Malcolm Jacobs (Maxine) of Columbia; his granddaughters, Alexis and Victoria Silverman of Christiansburg, Va.; his nieces, Sallie Brantley-Morse, Tracey (Morse) McDonnel and Elisha (Jacobs) Anderson and nephew, Marc Jacobs. Morse was preceded in death by his parents, Anne and Bernard Morse.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Children National Medical Center.

Online condolences may be made at

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Obituaries for December 22, 2016

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Henry Heimlich, inventor of maneuver to save choking victims, dies at 96

Henry Heimlich, who invented the life-saving technique to save choking victims, has died.

Heimlich died on Dec. 17 at a hospital in Cincinnati at the age of 96 from complications of a massive heart attack he suffered on Dec. 12.

Heimlich used the maneuver named after him in May to save a fellow resident at a Cincinnati retirement home where he lived, reportedly the first time he had used it to save a person’s life.

Heimlich published an article about the maneuver, using abdominal thrusts, in 1974. Prior to that, rescue guidelines called for blows to the back to dislodge the airway blockages. Heimlich believed this could further entrench the blockage. He said his maneuver has saved over 100,000 lives, according to The Washington Post.

In 1962, Heimlich invented the chest drainage flutter valve, which was also called the Heimlich valve.

In the 1980s and 1990s he was an advocate of malaria therapy, the deliberate infection of a person with benign malaria in order to defeat diseases such as cancer, disease and AIDS, saying the high fever associated with malaria would stimulate the body’s immune system. The therapy’s efficacy has never been proven.

He was born in Wilmington, Del., to Mary Epstein and Philip Heimlich. His paternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and his maternal grandparents were Russian Jews.

He was married to Jane Murray, daughter of ballroom-dancing businessman Arthur Murray, who predeceased him. The couple had four children.

—JTA News and Features

Judith Klein

Judith Klein, 91, died peacefully at home after a short illness on Dec. 13.

Klein was born in Berlin to Heinrich and Irmgard Veit Simon on June 14, 1925. Following Kristallnacht, she found refuge in the United Kingdom under the Kinderstransport program. She married, at age 18, Henry Weill with whom she had three children, Michael, Margaret and David. That marriage ended in divorce. She began studying for a bachelor’s degree in economic history at the London School of Economics where she met her future husband, Thomas Klein. They married in June 1958 and moved to Silver Spring in 1959. They had two children, Richard and Edward.

Klein earned a master’s degree in economics from American University and then worked as a researcher with William Parker, of Yale, on a Ford Foundation-financed study of changing agricultural productivity in the antebellum South. She then worked for Robert Nathan Associates and later as an adjunct professor of economics at the University of Maryland. Her hobby was knitting, creating artistic designs as well as beautiful sweaters and socks. She was a charter member of the Museum for Women in the Arts and of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Klein is survived by her husband, Thomas; children Michael, Margaret and Edward (Melissa); grandchildren Stephen, Courtney (Christopher Doi), Melanie (Pascal Chautard) and Zachary; and great-grandchildren Meredith and Amelia.

Contributions may be sent to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC, 20024 or to the National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20005.

Pauline Berliner

Pauline Berliner, 96, died on Dec. 11 in Boca Raton, Fla. She was born in Lublin, Poland, in 1920. She came to the United States as an infant because her father was fleeing from the Russian round-ups. The family settled in the Bronx, N.Y. She spoke only Yiddish until she entered kindergarten. In 1936, at age 16, she graduated from James Monroe High School and started a long and successful career.

Before World War II, Berliner and her husband, Jerry, moved to Washington where she worked and he enlisted in the Army. After the war, they started their own export business, putting Harmon Kardon and other American manufacturers on the map internationally. She traveled around the world by herself, meeting with business leaders in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

The couple moved their business and home to Boca Raton, Fla., to take care of her parents. Pauline Berliner lived in Florida for more than three decades, volunteering for many organizations after she retired.
Berliner is survived by her sons Mitchell Berliner (Debbie) and Guy Berliner (Bonnie), six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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