Marc Klionsky, master portrait painter, dies at 90
Marc Klionsky, a Soviet-Jewish émigré to New York who gained worldwide prominence painting portraits of such eminent figures as Golda Meir and Elie Wiesel, has died.
Klionsky, who died last month at 90, was the youngest artist to have his paintings exhibited in the renowned Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow. His works have been exhibited around the world, including throughout Europe and in Israel, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Along with Meir, the late Israeli prime minister, and Wiesel, the late Nobel laureate, Klionsky painted portraits of musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King, and industry titans such as Armand Hammer, among many others.
Klionsky, a Russia native who was the son of a master printer, trained in Russia’s best art schools and began working as an artist in his early teens. His family escaped the Holocaust when his father convinced 200 people from their neighborhood to travel to Kazan in eastern Russia, away from the advancing Nazi army.
He later escaped from Russia in 1974 with his family, due to anti-Semitism and lack of artistic freedom, first to Rome and then to New York.
In the forward to a book on Klionsky’s work, Wiesel, for whom Klionsly sculpted his Nobel Prize medal, wrote: “A painter on the theme of return or of memory, or both, Marc Klionsky offers us multiple faces that have haunted his past and ours. One has only to see them to understand his journey from Leningrad to Manhattan. One has only to study them to recall the events which they incarnate. For Marc Klionsky, the mystery of endurance as well as transformation is in the human face.”
Klionsky is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irina; two daughters; four grandchildren; and a sister.
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Louise Gold, of Silver Spring, died Oct. 1.
She was the beloved wife of the late Elliott Gold; mother of Gary (Sherry) Gold and Toni Goldin and the late Leslie Gold; daughter of the late Fred and Rose Sanderoff; granddaughter of the late Louis Jaffe and Bessie Abramowitz; and sister of the late Colbert Sanderoff. She is survived by grandchildren Jason Turner (Erica), Amanda Tart (Julia), Kevin Gold, Genna Gold, Leslie Goldin, Corey Goldin, Tyler Dow (Chelsea), Trevor Dow, Tara Dow, Kylie Lopez and Chase Brady; great-grandchildren Gavin Turner, Madison Goldin and Sheya Dow.
Contributions may be made to the Children’s National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave. NW Washington, DC 20010. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Philip G. Levy
Philip G. Levy, of Washington, died unexpectedly Oct. 12. He attended Sidwell Friends School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
He was best known as the founder and owner of Bridge Street Books in Georgetown, referred to by George Will as “a small island of individuality” and by others as “the intellectual’s bookstore.” He was an active board member of The Play Company (New York) and the University of Wisconsin’s Department of History.
Levy was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Gertrude Levy, and his brother, David. He is survived by his brother, Richard and wife, Lorraine Gallard; sister-in-law, Seena; nephew and nieces, Benjamin, Karena and Sarabinh; and other nephews, nieces and cousins.
Contributions may be made to The Play Company or the University of Wisconsin Foundation, directed to the Department of History. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Joel Palmer, of Potomac, died Oct. 11.
He was the beloved husband of the late Ellen Palmer; devoted father of Andrea (Rob) Green and Kevin (Amanda) Palmer; beloved Papa to Jared and Lainey Green.
Contributions may be made to Ingleside at King Farm Employee Appreciation Fund, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Florence Trier, of Washington, died Oct. 8. She was 96.
Born in New York City in 1921, she moved to Washington in 1940. She was a devoted, loving mother to Adrienne (Max) Chaikin and Jay Trier and a cherished grandmother and great-grandmother. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg. Funeral Care.
Keith Stephan Weber
Keith Stephan Weber, of Fairfax, died Oct. 8.
He was the beloved husband of Cheryl Weber; father of Cody and Zachary Weber; loving brother of Richard (Linda) Weber; cherished son-in-law of Irwin and Ellen Samet; and treasured brother-in-law of Stacy, Kenneth and Brian Samet. He is also survived by nieces and nephews Suzanne Weber, Michael Weber, Lauren Samet and Jordan Samet.
Contributions may be made to the charity of choice in memory of Keith Weber. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Martha Koenig Bindeman, founded event planning business
Martha (Koenig) Bindeman, of Chevy Chase, died Oct. 5. She was 69.
She was born in Washington to Rose and Nathan Koenig and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1965. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1969 and from The George Washington University law school in 1972. She clerked for Judge Joyce H. Green of the District of Columbia Superior Court and later worked for Federal Trade Commission.
She then founded Finishing Touches Events and became one of the city’s leading event planners. An active volunteer, she served as president of the Sisterhood at Washington Hebrew Congregation and held various positions in the congregation’s lay leadership. She also served as president of the Jewish Social Service Agency.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Stuart L. Bindeman; daughters Julie Bindeman Belgard (David Belgard) and Jennifer Bindeman; three grandchildren, Nate, Jordan and Ryan Belgard; and two sisters, Judy Wolfman of York, Pa., and Susan Freed (Fred) of Hollywood, Fla. She is also survived by four nieces and three nephews.
Contributions can be made to Washington Hebrew Congregation for the Rose E. Koenig Religious School Fund, 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016 or the Jewish Social Service Agency, 6123 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Arthur Hart Blitz
Arthur Hart Blitz, of Bethesda, died Oct. 4.
He attended the University of Virginia and earned juris doctor and master’s degrees in law from The George Washington University. He was a captain in the Army JAG Corps.
Blitz was a partner at the law firm of Paley Rothman in Bethesda, and former president of the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce, the Bethesda-Potomac Rotary Club, the Men’s Club of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, and the Parent-Teacher Association of the Stephen Knolls School.
He was the beloved husband of Mimi Blitz; devoted father of Leslie M. (Steven) Hertz, Robin H. Blitz and Mickey Blitz; loving brother of Audrienne Levene; cherished grandfather of Sammy Hertz. He is also survived by extended family Julia, Raul and Wendy Letim, and Rosa Torres.
Contributions can be made to CHI, Inc., 10501 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20903 or the Montgomery County Humane Society, 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, MD 20850. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Colin Kahn, of Rockville, died Sept. 22 of kidney disease. He was 48.
He attended Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I., where he helped found the Hillel house. He spent a career in sales that included stints at Washington Jewish Week and various car dealerships.
Kahn had four kidney transplants starting in 1983, and also developed pulmonary hypertension. In honor of his 48th birthday on Aug. 27, he raised $2,500 for the American Kidney Fund, which helps dialysis patients.
He is survived by his parents, Denise and Larry Kahn; sister Nicole Allentuck (Bruce); nieces Tara and Danielle Allentuck, and Heather Davis (Taylor); he was a nephew of Deetsie Chrapaty Boginnis (John), Clifton (Terry) Chrapaty and Sharon (Jack) Peters.
Ira N. Tublin
Ira N. Tublin of Silver Spring died Oct. 2. He was 88.
He was born in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland Medical School. He practiced in the fields of internal medicine, nephrology and geriatrics for 41 years. He was the director of the adult day care center of Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring and the camp physician at Camp Airy in Thurmont from 1959 until 2005. He also taught in the medical school at The George Washington University.
Tublin won the clinician of the year award from the Montgomery County Medical Society in 1986.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Scherlis Tublin; children Marjorie, Robert, Gary and Eric; and grandchildren Lila, Jesse, Zoe and Emmy.
Seymour Greene, 97, musician, entertained World War II troops
On Sept. 27, 97-year-old Seymour Greene of Potomac was buried; he died the previous day. He was an amazing musician, and a warm and wonderful mensch.
I loved talking with him about his service during World War II as a trombone player in Irving Berlin’s band. He was a walking history lesson, and he relived those stories with such passion and humor that it was impossible not to be swept away and feel that you’re living in that historic time.
Born Seymour Goldfinger, he was drawn to music at an early age, and excelled in playing the trumpet and trombone. During World War II, he was drafted as a musician, and earned his corporal’s stripes six months into his Army service when he played first trombone in the 1942 Broadway hit “This is the Army.”
The show’s 50-piece orchestra was made up entirely of soldiers. The band’s purpose was to raise funds for the Army Emergency Relief and raise the GIs’ morale. Directed by Irving Berlin, the band toured internationally, performing before tens of thousands of soldiers who fought in the European and Pacific theaters.
Greene described vividly how the show attracted long lines and packed audiences. Though not a combat operation, the show carried its own risks. During one performance in Italy, a member of the cleaning crew discovered a bomb in the basement of the theater shortly before show time.
In another instance, Japanese snipers opened fire on band. After military police returned fire and the snipers were killed, Greene discovered that his trombone had been damaged. So he improvised by borrowing a piece from a local band, got his instrument to work, and the show resumed. The soldiers went wild, cheering and swaying to the music, and he couldn’t have been happier.
He was also a fighter for justice. During a time of segregation in America, he was proud to serve in a racially integrated unit in the Army.
He told me that everyone in the show felt strongly about this issue. If they arrived at a city or camp that was segregated, and the African-American cast members were told they would have to sleep and eat separately, the whole cast would join the African-American soldiers in the “colored” barracks. “If you’re going to separate us, then we are all black,” he told the hosts.
After his service, he became an accountant, and worked for the IRS for several decades. All the while, he continued playing the trombone in large and small ensembles, including orchestras and klezmer bands. He was proud that he had the chance to play in the inaugural balls of presidents from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.
He was the beloved husband of the late Ann Eleanor “Ellie” Greene; loving father of Robin (David) Sacks, Laurie (Joel) Dorfman and the late Jacquelin “Jackie” Fischer; dear grandfather of Aaron (Melanie), Jacob and Deborah Sacks and William and Daniel Dorfman; great-grandfather of Ethan Sacks. Contributions may be made to Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim, 1840 University Blvd. W., Silver Spring, MD 20902
Shamai Leibowitz is a Hebrew teacher and the Torah reader at Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim
Monty Hall, original host of ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ dies at 96
Monty Hall, the friendly and engaging host of the long-running television game show “Let’s Make a Deal,” has died.
Hall died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sept. 30 at the age of 96. He had a heart attack in June shortly after his wife of almost 70 years died, and had been ill ever since.
In addition to hosting, Hall was the co-creator of the game show, in which contestants vie to trade smaller prizes with the host for a chance at something bigger behind a curtain or in a box. At the end of the show, the two biggest winners of the day compete for prizes behind three doors.
Hall reportedly appeared in more than 4,500 episodes of the show, which remains on the air with Wayne Brady as host. He hosted the show for 23 years until 1986, and for a short time in 1991.
A probability brain teaser was named after the game-show host. The “Monty Hall Problem,” which ends with a counterintuitive solution, includes three doors, two goats, and a car.
Hall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973. He received a lifetime achievement awards at the Daytime Emmys in 2013.
Hall reportedly was a philanthropist. His family told CNN that he helped to raise close to $1 billion for charity during his life and that he spent about 200 days a year in fundraisers and charitable work.
A dual American and Canadian citizen, Hall was born Monte Halparin in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Orthodox Jewish parents.
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Billionaire media mogul S.I. Newhouse Jr.
.I. Newhouse Jr., the billionaire media mogul who ran dozens of magazines and newspapers, died at the age of 89.
Newhouse, the grandson of Russian immigrants who was known as “Si” but whose initials stand for Samuel Irving, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan.
Newhouse and his brother Donald owned Advance Publications, founded by their late father in 1922. Newhouse since 1975 ran the magazine division, known as Conde Nast, which publishes signature magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, Self, GQ, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.
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Steven L. Eisenberg
Steven L. Eisenberg, of Olney, died Sept. 27. He was the beloved husband of Michele Eisenberg; loving brother of David Eisenberg. Contributions can be made to the Mayo Foundation for research of Lewy Body Disease, ASPCA, Alzheimer’s Disease Association or Women’s American ORT. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Mildred Meltzer, of Rockville, died Sept. 29. She was the beloved wife of the late Solomon Meltzer. Contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Ramona Blank, of Rockville, died Sept. 16. She was the devoted wife of the late Irving Blank; beloved mother of Di-Ann (Steven) Zepnick and Louise (Michael) Dreuth. She is also survived by three sisters, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Contributions can be made to the Hebrew Home, Rockville. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Jeffrey Keith Lubcher
Jeffrey Keith Lubcher, of Rockville, died Sept. 23. He was 64. Beloved father of Frank Stephen Lubcher; cherished son of Pauline Lubcher-Freundel and the late Bernard Lubcher; devoted brother of Carol Minkoff (Barry). Contributions can be made to Suburban Hospital, Bethesda. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Helene Rae Rabb
Helene Rae Rabb, of Hilton Head, S.C., died Sept. 21. She was 85. She was the beloved wife of Leonard; cherished mother of Gail Wheat, Paula King (Dennis) and David Rabb (Lauren); devoted sister of Ruth Wheeler; loving grandmother of Becky Davidson (Jay), Scott Wheat (Mandy), Debra Newcomer (Eric), Bryan King, Danielle King and Marisa Plescia; and adored great-grandmother of Kaeli, Jacob, Maggie, Zachary, Nicky, Hadley and Sawyer. Contributions can be made to Washington Hebrew Congregation, The Michael J. Fox Foundation or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Stanley Irving Wolf
Stanley Irving Wolf, of Rockville, died Sept. 23. He was 92. He was the beloved husband of Marcia Robinson Wolf and the late Harolyn Orleans Wolf; devoted father of Melinda Wolf, Leslie Creutzfeldt (Nikolaus), Julie Kolker (Adam) and Carole Neuhaus (Pedro); cherished grandfather of Daniel, Jonathan, Hannah, Anton, Anya, Joshua, Jonas and Clara.
Wolf was born and raised in Washington, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School, Georgetown University, and Georgetown Medical School. He interned at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and completed a pediatrics residency and an allergy fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. From 1948 to 1951, Wolf was enlisted in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, first in San Diego, then as lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division during the Korean War, for which he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Wolf practiced pediatrics and allergy medicine for 47 years until 1998. He was founder and medical director of the Jewish Foundation for Retarded Children (now the National Children’s Center). He received the Physician of the Year award from Montgomery County Medical Society for his role as director of polio and measles immunization programs and for his dedication to teaching pediatric residents in his office and at the National Children’s Center.
Contributions can be made to the National Center for Children and Families, 6301 Greentree Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Ruthe Zietz, of Tysons Corner, died Sept. 30, 2006. She was 74. Zietz attended The Ohio State University and was involved in Jewish organizations that included B’nai Brith Women and Jewish Women International. She is survived by sons Steven and Bruce Howard and granddaughter Valerie Howard.
Calvin Kalman Chizever
Calvin Kalman Chizever, of Rockville, died Sept. 14. He was the beloved husband of the late Bobbie Chizever; devoted father of Randi Saks, Carol McDowell, Karen Askin, Ron (Debbie) Gallant and Lisa (Joe Raeder) Gallant; and loving brother of Delly Epstein. Also survived by Tony (Melissa) Busillo, Sarah (Michael) Cohen, Zachary (Katharina) Gallant, Jacob Raeder, Rebecca Askin, Sasha Gallant, Evan (Katie) Janis, Max Raeder, Corey (Ashley) Janis, Daniel Raeder, David Benko and six great-grandchildren.
Contributions can be made to Congregation Har Shalom, JSSA and NAMI. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Cheryl Granoff, of Rockville, died Sept. 11 at age 92. Beloved mother of Andrea (John) Hartranft and grandmother of Jacob Hartranft. Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Sidney Rosendorf, of Gaithersburg, died Sept. 12. Beloved husband of the late Irene Rosendorf; devoted father of Marsha (David) Goldberg and Alvin (Marilyn) Rosendorf; brother of Jennie Koff; loving grandfather of Shayne (Andrew) Friedman, Todd (Nicole) Goldberg, Daniel (Christina) Rosendorf, Melissa Hogan, Julie Goldberg, Andrew Goldberg and Karen (Dennis) McGuire; and great-grandfather to 11. Sidney served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946.
Contributions can be made to Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) of Rockville. Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.
Lore Schneider, of Springfield, died Sept. 17. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Schneider; mother of Valerie S. Hollmeyer (the late John Hollmeyer), Glen Schneider (Carol Denker) and Marilyn Kellam (Kevin); grandmother of Aaron Kuney (Elizabeth), Elyssa and Julia Schneider; great-grandmother of Alexis and Charlotte Kuney.
Contributions can be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, D.C. 20024-2126.