Ostroger, Beverly “Bev” of Marlborough, MA passed on May 28, 2020. Dear daughter of the late Abraham and Stella Lerner. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Joseph Ostroger. Devoted mother of Sharon Kenny (Bill) and the late Mary Beth Bencic. Proud grandmother of Jake Kenny. Loving sister to the late Irwin Lerner. Survived by sister-in-law Diane Bodenstein, niece Jan Defeo, nephew Jim Lerner and many adoring cousins and friends. Bev resided in Arlington, MA for many years and was an active member of Temple Shalom in Medford, MA before moving to Boynton Beach, FL. She was an avid golfer and tennis player in her younger years. Bev loved watching Boston sports teams, professional tennis, figure skating, and was extremely talented in her needlepoint work. Private services were held at graveside. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Bev’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.
GREENWOOD, Sylvia Price, of Burlington, previously of Lexington, passed away at the age of 84 on May 20th, 2020.
Sylvia attended the Newton school system, graduating from Newton North High School, and attended Adelphi College. She was an accomplished painter and her works have brightened many homes. She was known for her thoughtfulness, sociability, and humor and loved to entertain. A dedicated wife to Eugene Greenwood, who predeceased her, Sylvia leaves behind sons James, Andrew, and Daniel. She will be remembered for her spirit, compassion, and loving nature.
A private graveside service was held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on Wednesday, May 27th, and a funeral is planned for after the pandemic.
Charitable donations in memory of Sylvia may be made to the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society at www.lexart.org/donate (click the “tribute ” box when checking out).
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Robert J. Galvin of Brookline died of cancer on May 27, 2020 at the age of 81.
Bob was born in 1938 in New Haven, Connecticut to Herman and Freda (Helfand) Galvin. His father founded and conducted a multi-state distribution business. His mother was a homemaker and long-time volunteer at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
In 1957 Bob graduated from Hopkins School, a 360 years old college preparatory school in New Haven, and in 1961 from Union College in Schenectady, New York. At Union he was Editor-in-Chief of Concordiensis, the college newspaper, and a member of Kappa Nu fraternity. During his time as editor, Bob printed news and opinions with which the Student Council disagreed. To punish Bob they cut off funding for the newspaper, but the Albany Times-Union printed and distributed the school newspaper, with the result that the circulation of Concordienses increased from 1,500 to more than 50,000. This experience led to Bob’s life-long love of newspapers and the principle of freedom of the press. To the end of his life Bob received and read three newspapers every day: the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
In 1967 Bob graduated from Suffolk University Law School. He was a shareholder/director of the Boston law firm of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine. He was an expert in real estate law, particularly the law of condominiums and cooperatives, and commercial landlord-tenant law. Bob was a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and lectured, taught and wrote widely in his field. He created scores of residential, mixed-use, retail and industrial condominiums. He was editor and co-author of Massachusetts Condominium Law, the standard textbook for lawyers and judges in the field. He wrote the chapter on condominiums for Crocker’s Notes on Common Forms, another standard text. He had a scholarly interest in the philosophy and writings of Henry David Thoreau (Bob’s license plate read THORO). Bob was an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, a life member of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Athenaeum and the Thoreau Society. He served for twenty-five years on the board of directors of the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE), four years as its president. Bob served for ten years on the board of the Thoreau Society, four as its vice president. He served for thirty years as president of the Beech Hill Foundation, Inc. Bob served on the investment committees of the BCAE, Thoreau Society, and his law firm.
Bob was an enthusiastic reader who read widely. He loved reading books by and about Churchill, and treasured his many trips to the United Kingdom. In 2012 he studied law at Oxford University, and in 2015 he attended the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede. In his younger days, Bob skied during the winter, and sailed his boat Concordiensis in the summer. During his time at Union College, Bob earned his airplane pilot license.
Bob is survived by his sons David and Peter. Bob was proud of the accomplishments of David, a product management executive and business consultant, and Peter, an environmentalist and founder of the Center for Biological Diversity. They were a joy to Bob from the day they were born and were central to his existence. Bob is also survived by his grandchildren, Timothy and Amberlee. Bob frequently remarked at his great good fortune to be the father of his sons and grandfather to Timothy and Amberlee. He is also survived by his beloved sisters, Jane, an actress and international acting coach; and Harriett, a lawyer and life-long prosecutor; six nieces and nephews, and his brother-in-law Stanley, a PhD in American studies and successful entrepreneur.
Bob’s marriage to Susan Goldstein, the mother of his children ended in 1971. Bob was a close friend of the late Joyce Buczak. For twenty-five years he was privileged to share his life with the late Phyllis Yachimski. Since 2012, Bob’s life was enriched by his relationship with his inamorata Judith Himber, a doctor of psychology, and the world’s only Jewish Mayflower descendant. They found each other on Match.com.
Bob’s remains will be buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Respecting his wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of charitable donations, friends and family may send flowers. But if you are so disposed, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Thoreau Society, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742, and/or the Center for Biological Diversity, PO Box 710, Tucson Arizona 85702-0710.
Rosenberg, Charlotte (Handel), of Chelsea, MA, on May 25, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Carl Rosenberg. Devoted mother of Robert Rosenberg and his wife Marcia, Stephen Rosenberg and the late Michael Rosenberg. Proud grandmother of Jesse, Devin, Mollie, and Alex. Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to any Covid-19 charity of your choice.
It is with great sadness, we share the news that Lee Wallace has passed. After a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s, Lee passed away from complications due to pneumonia while living at Seacrest Retirement Community in San Diego, CA. Born in Boston on May 6, 1926, Lee met David Wallace; together they had a remarkable love for each other and created a beautiful life until David’s passing on December 10, 2001. Lee was a loving mother to Arthur, Sandra and Howard as well as grandmother to Michael, Leah, Samara, Jace and David. Lee also enjoyed working over 20 years in her career as a Ward Secretary with the VA Hospital organization in Boston, MA and Tampa, FL.
Lee’s highest priority was the well-being of her children and supporting their education and career goals. Lee enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Lee looked forward to the annual road trip to David’s birthplace in Gloucester, MA and the holiday vacations to The Grandview Resort in Moodus, CT. Lee was an avid reader of romantic novels when she was not watching baseball with David or taking a dip in the pool. Lee and David enjoyed traveling where their travels included all of Europe, Israel and wonderful destinations within the United States as well as multiple cruises throughout the Caribbean.
Due to Covid-19 and concern for her family and friend’s safety, funeral services shall be postponed until the date of the unveiling of her graveside plaque alongside David at Sharon Memorial Park, located in Sharon, MA. Those who wish to remember Lee in a special way may make gifts in her memory to Seacrest Village, 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024.
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities is a vibrant not-for-profit, senior housing and healthcare organization in Encinitas. Known for their caring and nurturing environment, Seacrest Village has been serving the San Diego community in the Jewish tradition since 1944.
KELMAN, Rose Beloved Wife and Partner with Lifelong Commitment to the Pursuit of Peace and Justice Rose Brousman Kelman passed away peacefully on April 15 at age 94. She was the beloved and cherished wife and partner of Herbert Kelman, Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, for 67 years. In addition to her husband, Rose is survived by her nephew, Michael Stern, her nieces, Deborah McCants and Ruth Ticktin, and eleven grandnieces and grandnephews. Her sister, Esther Stern of Chicago, passed away suddenly on April 20, a few days after Rose’s death. Rose was a dedicated social worker, trained at the University of Chicago (BSS 1948) and Howard University (MSW 1953). She had experience in family social work, school social work, medical social work, and psychiatric social work, as well as in teaching and supervision of social work students. After receiving her BSS degree from the University of Chicago, she took a position in Baltimore. Her husband, in turn, came to Baltimore in 1951 as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins. They met, fell in love, and got married in 1953. In Baltimore, they were active in starting a new chapter of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and participating in its ultimately successful campaign to integrate the lunch counters at the city’s five-and-ten-cents stores. They spent many of their dates on the picket line or at sit-ins. Increasingly, Rose became involved in her husband’s research, some of which dealt with the impact of experience in the U.S. on the images and attitudes of students and specialists from different parts of the world, and entailed considerable travel abroad. The research benefited greatly from her interviewing and human relations skills. She developed close ties with many of her husband’s students. When asked if she and her husband had children, she would answer “No, but we have students.” Starting in 1990, Rose played a central role in the Israeli-Palestinian problem-solving workshops and working groups organized by her husband and colleagues – taking detailed notes of workshop discussions, making logistical arrangements, attending to participants’ needs, and contributing more than anyone else to creating a secure and supportive environment for all. Rose treated everyone with dignity and caring, whether it was a homeless person in Harvard Square or a prince in the Royal Palace of Jordan. Donations in memory of Rose can be sent to New Israel Fund or the Joint Distribution Committee. No Services at this time.
Ronald Aaron, of Newton Massachusetts, passed away on May 20, 2020, at the age of 84. Ronald, known as Ron or Ronnie to his friends and family, was a physics professor and researcher at Northeastern University for 50 years. He loved his job so much that even after officially retiring he walked to Northeastern from his condo in Brookline every day to discuss physics and socialize with his colleagues.
Ronnie grew up in West Philadelphia and attended Overbrook High School. He received a scholarship to Temple University where he graduated as the valedictorian of his class. He went on to receive his PhD in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ronnie was a fun loving, kind person who touched the lives of everyone he knew. He developed many programs at Northeastern, including a Women in Physics Program to retrain women who had been out of the workforce for various reasons, so they could return and work in the sciences. He mentored numerous graduate students who went on to contribute important research to the field.
Most importantly, Professor Aaron was a wonderful, loving husband and father whose family adored him. He was never too busy to take his daughter to the doctor or to see his son’s soccer games. He is survived by his loving wife Marilyn Aaron (nee Berlin), his children Robin (Adam) Altman, and Arthur (Deborah) Aaron, and grandchildren Kevin Altman, Alex Altman, Isabel Aaron, Benjamin Aaron, and Nathaniel Aaron. He was predeceased by his mother Mary Aaron.
Funeral services are private.
Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to The Jimmy Fund 10 Brookline Place West Brookline, MA 02445-7226.
Charlotte Rose ( Levin), (Schneider) Schlesinger-Age 100, of Chestnut Hill, formerly of Newton. Loving wife of 42 years of the late Leonard Schlesinger, and for 16 years of the late Milton Schneider. Born in Chelsea, raised in Malden, daughter of the late Rose and Edward Levin. Survived by adored and devoted son Jeffrey Schneider and his wife Judie, and much-loved and loving stepsons Richard (Dena) and Alan (Susan) .Loving and beloved mother of the late Jane Joachim and the late James Schneider Also survived by nine beloved and dedicated grandchildren: Michael (Ellen) Joachim, Suzanne Horgan, Elizabeth (David) Koplan,Caroline Schneider, Michelle (Adam) Zaff ,Sharon (Rich) Briansky, Ben (Iris) Schlesinger, Kate Schlesinger, and Joseph (Marlene) Schlesinger, and Charlotte’s greatest pride and joy, her twenty great-grandchildren: Zachary, Seth and Matthew Joachim, Jared, Jessica, Alexandra, Caitlin, Courtney and Abby Horgan, Lily and Drew Koplan, Theo Schneider, Rachel and Ally Zaff, Ben and Sam Briansky, Noah and Julia Schlesinger, and Evan and Sophie Schlesinger. Dear sister of the late Priscilla (Herb) Brav, and the late Robert Levin (surviving wife Carrol).In her last years, Charlotte was also blessed with outstanding caregivers and friends Sarah Mukasa and Teddy Nakasozi. Charlotte was a life member of Hadassah, an officer of the Brandeis Women’s Committee, a leader of study groups and book clubs, a bridge player and theater lover. With husband Milton she was a founding member of Temple Shalom; with husband Lenny she was a world traveler. We her family are grateful for her long life, well-lived. Private graveside services at Sharon Memorial Park. Remembrances in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
Robert Harvey Temkin
Beloved husband, since Sept. 25, 1966, of Ellen (Band) Temkin, Bob passed away the evening of May 1, 2020, peacefully, at home, after a long battle with heart disease. His graveside service, on May 5, was conducted by Cantor Deborah Katchko Gray, a close family friend for almost 40 years, and was attended by Ellen, their loving sons, Aron and Joshua; Bob’s brother Richard and his dear wife Carol; longtime friends Helaine and John Carroll; the Cantor’s husband, F. Scott Gray, as well as Bob’s most excellent aide, LPN Joseph, all masked, and standing six feet apart. The service was live-streamed by the Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Parlor to adoring daughter Rachel and her husband Barak and their family in Israel. Bob will be forever remembered by the grandchildren he loved and was adored by: Raanan, Michal, Eitan, Zev, Noam, Shira Leah, Yechiel, and Yehuda. He will also be missed by Rick and Carol’s family: Mark and Stephanie Temkin and their sons Jonathan and Matthew; Daniel Temkin and Amanda Gordon; and daughter Jessica and her husband David Rubinstein. He was especially close to his cousins and extended family. Bob’s parents, z’l, Max and Lillian Temkin, gone since the early 90s, were very proud of Bob and his many accomplishments, as were Ellen’s parents, Manny and Ethel Band, and sister Maxine, also of blessed memory.
Born, on Oct. 21, 1943, a second generation Bostonian, Bob was a graduate of Boston Latin School in 1960, then U Mass Amherst in 1964, where he won the Silver Medal in the CPA exam, just before graduating with a BBA. After working (the required) three years at Arthur Young, in Boston, he became a CPA, in 1967. During his long working career he shared much of his time and attention with local community organizations, starting as an advisor to Boston’s Jr. Achievement program and chairing a special committee as President of the Natick Low and Moderate Income Housing group.
In 1973, Bob was transferred to AY in NYC, for a special assignment and then instead of going back to Boston, became a Partner in 1976 while at the Stamford, CT office. From 1976-1978 Bob served as Staff Director of the “Cohen Commission on Auditor’s Responsibilities”. During this time Bob joined a committee at The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield County, where he held various board positions, until becoming its President in 1985. In 1978, he was recognized by U Mass with its Accounting Alumni Award. In 1980, he joined the board of Temple Beth El in Norwalk, as their Treasurer, and also joined Stratford CT’s American Shakespeare Theatre, as their Treasurer.
He was then transferred back to NYC as a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board and then became AY’s National Director of Auditing Standards, until his return to Boston, in 1988. While commuting from New York City to Weston, CT, he served as President of Temple Beth El, from 1981 to 1983 and was also elected to the Board of Education, in Weston, where he chaired the Budget Committee, for 2-3 years.
In 1985, Bob was elected to the National Board of United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. In 1986, he won the U Mass School of Management Alumni Award, becoming a member of their Accounting Alumni Advisory Council, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School of Management. In 1987, he became President of the CT Valley Region of USCJ.
In 1988, Bob and his family returned to AY in Boston. The children’s four grandparents were very happy. He gave up his presidency with United Synagogue but was named a Regional Vice President, where he served as chairman of the Audit, Budget, and Affiliation committees. In 1989-90, he was appointed to the Board of the Synagogue Council of MA, where he later became its treasurer.
Continuing as a partner with the newly formed firm of Ernst & Young, Bob then became active at Combined Jewish Philanthropy (CJP), serving on its Executive Committee for ten years as Treasurer Vice Chairman of Social Planning, and on the Allocations Committee.
From 1993 to 2012, he served on the Governor-appointed MA Board of Public Accounting, during which time he also became a board member and officer of the JCC of Greater Boston, ultimately becoming its Chairman, in 2003. He also served as the VP of the Board of Directors of Greater Boston’s Chamber of Commerce, during that same time. Bob retired from Ernst and Young in 2002, after serving in the Litigation Advisory Services group.
In 2006, Bob and Ellen relocated from their Newton home and moved full time to Cape Cod, where Bob continued consulting in his specialty of Forensic Accounting. He became a member of the Board of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, was on the board of the Conservative Synagogue, Anshei Chesed, and treasurer of the Cape Cod Synagogue. He continued as an active alumnus of U Mass, Amherst. He generously contributed to the education programs of The Cape Cod Symphony, and was an active member of The Hyannis Rotary Club.
In June, 2012, joining with colleague Beth daSilva, Bob became Managing Director of Temkin and daSilva LLC, a forensic accounting and consulting firm specializing in litigation related to commercial disputes and working with clients in need of investigative services.
As his partner Lynda Schwartz recently said, “Bob was a modest man, with strong opinions and an unshakeable integrity. His name became shorthand for how to do things the right way. He was a model for personal and professional competence.”
Bob was a devoted family man who made sure that his family came first, no matter whatever else he did. He was generous to a fault and an ultimate “mensch”. He was smart and wise, a mentor to many, and admired by anyone who knew or worked with him. His memory will be cherished by his whole family, always.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be sent to The JCC of Greater Boston, 333 Nahanton St., Newton Centre, MA, 02459. Att’n Development Department, Hope Health, 1085 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904, or to another charity of your choice.
Fran Morrill Schlitt, known to family as “Faigie,” died in Boston on May 9, 2020 from complications of the coronavirus at the age of 84. She will be sorely missed.
Faigie was born in Auburn (Maine) to Martin Morrill and Ida Chipman Morrill, and grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of Brandeis University, Class of 1957, where she made lifelong friendships and discovered new intellectual, cultural, and political frontiers. Frannie earned her MSW from Boston University in 1960. She took great satisfaction in her four-decade social work career in private practice and settings as varied as the Harlem (NYC) and Concord (Mass.) school systems, the Whittier Street Health Center, and Boston College. In her life and in her career, Fran cared deeply about people: their dignity, their wellbeing, and their just treatment. She cultivated and cherished relationships with people of all backgrounds and ages.
In 1981, Fran’s life took an unexpected turn when she learned she was pregnant. She and Jacob Schlitt married that summer, and Fran gave birth to David Morrill Schlitt two days before her 46th birthday. Fran and Jacob delighted in raising a son together. Fran attributed her later-in-life interest in Jewish learning and Torah study in part to her and Jacob’s decision to send David to the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. In the 1990s, Frannie became an active member of the Newton Centre Minyan. It was with the Minyan community that Fran and family marked many of her most significant lifecycle events, including her recovery from lung cancer after her 2007 diagnosis and treatment.
Fran was a serious thinker and a perpetual student, a proud feminist and a democratic socialist. Long before it entered the political mainstream, she was a passionate advocate for Single-Payer Healthcare (“Medicare for All”). Frannie remained committed to public healthcare and she decried the greed, cruelty, and inefficiency of the American healthcare system, nearly until her final breath.
Frannie is predeceased by her loving husband, Jacob Schlitt, and survived by son David Morrill Schlitt and daughter-in-law Sarah Zarrow of Bellingham (Washington). In recent years, Faigie mourned the loss of her cousin Libby Goldman, her sister Sallie Miles, and her brother Gerald Morrill. She treasured her relationships with her nieces and nephews, her extended family (including many who were not, strictly speaking, related), and Jacob’s adult children, Carol, Lewis, and Martha Schlitt.
A celebration of Fran Morrill Schlitt’s life will be planned for 2020-2021, as the developing public health situation permits. Contributions in Faigie’s memory may be made to Brandeis University, the Brookline Senior Center, and Mass-Care: The Massachusetts Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care.