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Robert W. Colby

April 5, 2021

of Newton, MA, 70, husband of Leslie and father of Allison and Jonathan, passed away on April 5, 2021 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Robert was born to William and Carolyn (Cox) Colby. He graduated from Fairview High School in Fairview Park, Ohio as class valedictorian, and the University of Michigan. Robert went on to receive a Masters in Arts for Drama Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University and an Ed.D in Human Development from Harvard University.

Robert began his career in higher education as an instructor in theatre at Emerson College in 1977, and  rose through the faculty ranks, becoming  an assistant professor in 1982, earning tenure in 1988, and being promoted to full professor in 2014. He taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in theatre education, theatre for young audiences, and directing. Colby became the faculty assembly head in 2000, serving until 2002 and then again from 2015 to 2017. In 2019, he became Chair of the Department of Performing Arts, serving in that role until his death. As a passionate advocate for his fellow colleagues, he also served as president of the faculty union and was the recipient of four faculty service awards.

He was published in Children’s Theatre Review, Youth Theatre Journal, 2D: Drama/Dance, and Key Concepts in Theatre/Drama Education. He served in an editorial capacity on Youth Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, Children’s Theatre Review, and Applied Theatre Research. He served on various Boards, including American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), Children’s Theatre Foundation and Children’s Theatre Association of America.

He was twice honored for his contributions to the field of Theatre Education by the AATE with the Lin Wright Special Recognition Award (2003), and in 2020 with the Campton Bell Lifetime Achievement Award.

As a theatre director, he directed the regional or national premiere of more than 30 plays written for Young Audiences.

Robert’s contributions to the world of theatre education extend across the United States and the world through the work of his students who admired and loved him, often describing him as the best teacher they ever had. His career legacy will be long and far-reaching.

Robert was a fierce advocate for social justice, equity, and equal opportunity.

In his private life, Robert was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Playing with his young grandchildren and watching them grow was one of the great joys of his life.

He was generous, kind, thoughtful, and funny. He will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Leslie, his two children, Allison and Jonathan, his three grandchildren, Louisa, Calvin, and Silvia, his mother Carolyn, his siblings Bruce and Nancy, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Due to the pandemic, the services will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in his memory may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or to ACLU Foundation of MA, 211 Congress St., Boston, MA 02110.

 

 

Charles M. Ufland

April 3, 2021

UFLAND, Charles M. (73) of Newton, MA, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2021 surrounded by loving family. He was the beloved husband of Sheila (Hass) Ufland; devoted father of daughters Melyssa Wright and Heather Ufland, and late son Andrew Ufland; proud grandfather of Riyanna, Aliyah, Carmella, and Ty Ufland and Anthony Wright; and dear brother of Ted Ufland.

Charlie graduated from Boston English High School in 1965, then attended University of Bridgeport where he fell in love with his beloved wife Sheila of 50 years. In 1976, he started General Mass Marketing LTD, a business that he ran successfully for 45 years. Family and friends were Charlie’s top priority. He loved hosting gatherings and parties for any reason, and always made everyone feel comfortable and at home the minute they walked through his door. He was an animal lover and he most enjoyed spending time at the beach, his award-winning koi pond and gardens, his saltwater fish tank, cooking, and you could always find him belting out a tune.

Charlie had a love for sports. He played basketball, softball, and football with friends and could be found at the gym weightlifting daily. Throughout his kids’ school years, he coached all of their sports teams and was loved by all he coached. When he was not coaching, he was always on the sideline cheering on his kids, and eventually his grandkids. As a longtime Patriots fan, he became a season ticket holder in 1985 and had the great experience of traveling to New Orleans with his daughter for the 2001 Super Bowl to see them win their 1st ring in person.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents Maurice and Helen Ufland and leaves behind family members and many great friends who love and will miss him dearly.

Due to current restrictions, a graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Baker Street Jewish Cemetery in West Roxbury and will be made available over livestream. A link to view the recording of the service can be found here. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles’ memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Paula Schneider

April 2, 2021

Paula Schneider (Aberle, Wallach) 85, of Brookline, an educator, clinical social worker, wife and mother, and grandmother, died of a stroke following a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease on April 2nd, 2021.  Paula, the younger daughter of Eva Lessuck and Samuel Aberle, was born August 21st, 1935 in the Bronx, New York.   She spent most of her childhood in Jacksonville, Florida where she graduated, as salutatorian, from Landon High School in 1953.   Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957, where she was the president of the Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, she moved on to pursue her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.  Shortly thereafter she met and married Dr. Martin Wallach, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina and transferred to UNC to complete her master’s degree.  Martin passed away in the Spring of 1964 and Paula remained in Chapel Hill, where she ran the Head Start program before relocating with her son, Lewis, to Boston in 1968 to work in the Boston Juvenile court.  She married Herbert Schneider, a widower with two children, Daniel and Janet, on December 15th, 1968 and the couple settled in South Brookline.  Paula and Herb became parents again when their son Sam was born in 1971.  Shortly thereafter, Paula returned to work, this time as a clinical social worker at the Cambridge Hospital.  She later moved on to the Gifford School in Weston and finally into academia, teaching in the social work department at Regis College.  She later earned a PhD in Law, Policy and Society at Northeastern University.  Married for thirty years, Paula and Herb also enjoyed working together in private practice as couples’ therapists.  After Herb suffered a debilitating stroke in 1996, Paula redirected her energy toward his care and comfort until he passed away in 1998.  Family was of tremendous importance to Paula, and she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, as well has her many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Paula’s family, friends, colleagues and former students will no doubt remember her as bright, articulate, energetic, athletic and vivacious.  She is survived by her son, Lewis, and his wife Elizabeth Abbe and their sons, Martin, Leo and Jacob of Pacific Palisades, CA and her son Sam and his wife Sonia and their daughters Sophia and Hallie of Brookline, MA and her step-son, Danny and his children Jessica, Julia and Eli of Sharon, MA and, stepdaughter, Janet and son Denis of Methuen, MA.

 

A private burial will be held at Temple Emeth Memorial Park in West Roxbury. A celebration of her life will be held at a date to be determined.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paula’s name can be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118, or Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451.

Saul Kurlat

April 1, 2021

 

Saul Kurlat- of Cambridge. April 1, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Gitta Kurlat. Saul’s life story was the American dream: his brilliance, persistence and hard work moved him from poverty to success. Trained at Georgia Tech as an engineer, he built Eikonics, a firm that pioneered innovative photographic and imaging processes. In retirement he devoted time and resources to philanthropy, focusing particularly on health research and addressing the needs of children and the elderly. Saul was a blessing to his friends and to his community, generous in his concerns and his support of many individuals and institutions. Donations in Saul’s memory may be made to Temple Israel of Boston or 2Life Communities. Funeral services are private.

Tova (Friedlander) Ginsberg

March 28, 2021

Tova (Friedlander) Ginsberg, of Wilton Manors, Florida, at age 94, on March 28, 2021. Beloved wife of the late David Ginsberg. Loving mother of Lee Ginsberg, Wilton Manors, Fl and his husband Mark Winner, Wilton Manors, Fl. Dear sister of Dov Friedlander of Jerusalem, Israel.

Tova was born in Dusseldorf, Germany on April 17, 1926 and moved to Haifa, Israel as a child in the 1930s with her family to flee war torn Germany. In Israel she met her future husband, David, who was also a childhood neighbor and friend, they were married for almost 50 years before David passed away in 1998.

After marrying Tova and David moved from Israel to Buffalo, NY in 1956 where they both completed their master’s in education at The University of Buffalo. Ten years later they welcomed their son Lee to the family in April of 1966. In 1974 the family moved to Newton, MA.

In Newton Tova and David were both dedicated and talented Jewish Educators as well as vibrant participants in the local Jewish community. Tova retired from teaching in 2000 and spent the remainder of her life enjoying travel and spending time with her son.

Burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, 126 High St., Boston, MA 02110.

 

 

Harvey R. Peters

March 24, 2021

Harvey Peters passed away peacefully on March 24, at the Care Dimensions Hospice Home in Lincoln, MA after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Frances, his son Joshua, his daughter Suzanne, his beloved granddaughter Eva Isadora, and her father Tony Hernandez and his sisters, Jane and her husband Jerry , Nanci  and his nieces and nephews.  He was the guiding force for his family, whom he loved above all, as well as for his many friends who relied on him for his calm, good-humored nature. As a trial attorney, he practiced law for many years, bringing the same integrity to his work which he did to all of his personal relationships. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by those who knew him.

Donations may be made in his name to St. Jude, to Melanoma research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or at Massachusetts General Hospital, or to Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA.

Please click here to view a recording of the service.

Elizabeth Daly

March 24, 2021

Elizabeth Daly, of Weston, MA, passed away at age 88 on March 24, 2021 at her home. Elizabeth (known to family and friends as Betsey) was born in Springfield, MA and at age four moved with her family to Brookline, MA where she was raised. She graduated from Brookline High School in 1950. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree at Sarah Lawrence College, majoring in French. She proceeded to Columbia University, where she earned a master’s degree in French Literature. Soon after graduating, Elizabeth found work in New York City as an editorial assistant for an encyclopedia publisher. Showing a flair for technical writing, she was soon elevated to Writer and Editor positions. Elizabeth married Julian Daly in 1962, and shortly afterward the couple moved to the Boston area, eventually settling in Weston, MA. Elizabeth enjoyed several hobbies. As a girl, Elizabeth adored horseback riding, and developed a lifelong affinity for animals and nature. She also loved classical music and was a skilled violinist. She played in numerous chamber music groups and amateur orchestras over many years. Elizabeth studied Romance languages, and was fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish. Over the years, Elizabeth and Julian enjoyed European vacations where Elizabeth would make use of her multilingualism. Later in life, Elizabeth rekindled her writing skills and wrote various articles for the Weston-Wayland Town Crier, including pieces promoting animal rights and urging responsible use of organic pesticides. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter Victoria, and her husband, Alan Schneiderman; daughter Joanna, and her husband, Jay Fitzgerald; grandsons, Samuel, Benjamin, and Zeb Fitzgerald; and her brother, Joel Katz. She was predeceased by her husband, Julian Daly; and her brother Moshe Katz. Elizabeth was laid to rest at Linwood Cemetery in Weston, where there was a private graveside service.

William Gamson

March 23, 2021

William Anthony Gamson died peacefully in his sleep on March 23, 2021 (10 Nissan 5781) in Brookline, MA at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife and partner of 65 years, Zelda Finkelstein Gamson; his sister Mary Edda Gamson of Oakland, CA; his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Steve of Newton, MA; his son Joshua and son-in-law Richard of Oakland, MA; and grandchildren Gilad, Ari, Maya, Reba, and Madeleine. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill was educated at Antioch College and the University of Michigan and taught at Harvard, University of Michigan, and Boston College. He and Zelda lived for many years on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill will be remembered for his distinguished career as a values-driven sociologist of social movements and media; the many influential books and articles he wrote; the simulation games he invented, including SIMSOC; his creation of a fantasy baseball league that became the seed for the fantasy sports industry; the generations of students he mentored; his passion for playing, fomenting social change, collaborating, and dancing; and his love for and pride in his family.

A recording of the funeral service can be found here.

Condolences may be sent to: Zelda Gamson, 1501 Beacon Street, Apt. 601, Brookline, Mass. 02446. Donations in his memory can be made to: ACLU of MA, 211 Congress Street, Boston MA, 02110; National Resources Defense Council, P.O. Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 22116; or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Frederick Altman

March 22, 2021

Altman, Frederick of Boston, MA passed away on March 22, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Marcia (Garshick) Altman. Devoted father of Alyssa Rose Altman. Fred was born in Providence, RI, January 3, 1925.  He attended Classical High School in Providence.  Fred joined the US Army in March 1943 and served as a Staff Sergeant until December 1945.  He fought in five battles in WWII, starting in Normandy and spending time in France and Germany throughout his service.  In 1945, he was honorably discharged and came back to Rhode Island and set up a fruit store built upon his father’s years of peddling fruit with a horse and buggy.  In 1953, he left Providence for Boston to venture into a career in Marketing.  He built a national mail order zipper business before mail order was common practice in the industry. He then went back to Europe and lived in Amsterdam, Holland to build an international marketing business across 16 European countries. While traveling back and forth from Amsterdam and the US, he met his wife, Marcia and they married in 1966. Once married, he moved back to Boston and created the Gift Merchandise Mart catering to the Gift Industry in New England.  One of his greatest accomplishments was establishing the North East Trade Center in Woburn, MA.  He converted a 30-year-old Sylvania plant into an exhibition hall and merchandise mart. It was one of the first of its kind in the region. The following 20 years, he focused on finding opportunities across a variety of industries.  In the late seventies, he created the Unfinished Furniture Marketplace – this trade show served to organize fragmented manufacturers into a viable group.  He later moved on to the costume jewelry industry, organizing an export program for ten manufacturers that attracted over 800 retailers across Europe.  In the nineties, he created an Antique Center in New England with approximately 300 dealers.  After working on the Antique Center, he built a direct-to-consumer business in the US for an Italian spiral staircase company, Albini & Fontanot, leveraging Google in its early days.  After five years of trying, he finally sold the spiral staircases into Lowe’s and Home Depot.  His final effort was to help initiate a Green Trade Center in New England.

Fred had a robust career, fulfilling his dreams of international marketing and building businesses one step at a time.  To his family and friends, he is the master listener, storyteller and advice giver.  His 50-year marriage to Marcia was something special.  Meeting and marrying later in life, they never imagined they would have found each other and be married for 50 years.  They were partners in everything – both creative minds, Fred was more of the business creator and his wife Marcia, the financial expert.  Throughout their loving marriage, they worked together in business and always enjoyed dreaming big.  Fred was a devoted and wonderful father to their daughter, Alyssa. Throughout his life, he nurtured, mentored and supported any young person who was lucky enough to cross paths with him.

In addition to him being a devoted husband and wonderful father, Fred was a beloved uncle, great uncle and cousin to many. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Rose (Laventman) Altman, his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Clinton Olink and Sarah and Robert Rose, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alfred and Shoshanah (Rothkopf) Garshick, his niece, Rhonda (Olink) Zammarelli, cousins Edward Landy and Irene Ronkin, and dear friends, Guy Gennelly and Shirley Radlo.

Due to current restrictions, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to Feed America, c/o The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to your favorite charitable organization.

Rina “Beatrice” (Saltman) Miller

March 12, 2021

Rina Beatrice (Saltman) Miller passed away on March 12, 2021 at age 99 at her home in Walpole surrounded by her family.

Bea was born in Franklin on March 7, 1922 to Isador and Anna Alpert Saltman, the youngest of four children, all who predeceased her.  Bea attended elementary school in Franklin and then the family moved to Brookline where Bea graduated from Brookline High School in 1939.  She attended Bishop Lee School of Dramatic Arts.

She married the love of her life, Joseph Arnold Miller, on November 15, 1942.  Joe was a Captain in the Army and they lived on several army bases in Southern states until Joe shipped out to China in 1944.  Bea was pregnant and returned to Brookline to live with her parents.  Their son, Larry, was born in September, 1944.

After the war, the family moved to Roxbury where their daughter Linda was born in June, 1950 and then they settled in South Brookline in 1951.  Bea and Joe later moved to Norwood and then to Walpole where they had lived for more than 30 years.

Bea was an active member of Temple Emeth in South Brookline where she served as Sisterhood Vice-President.  She was also active in Hadassah and in her children’s activities as both a Cub Scout Den mother and Brownie Troop leader.  Later in life she taught elocution and worked in real estate sales in Brookline for the Abrams Associates.  Bea and Joe both volunteered at Norwood Hospital.

Bea is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Laurence and Anne (Knopping) Miller of Little Rock, Arkansas, her daughter Linda G. Miller of Walpole, her grandchildren Robert and Amy (Weisbly) Miller of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, David Poritzky of New York City, Melissa (Dushman) and Greg Hayes of Norton and Adam Dushman of Quincy, and six great grandchildren: Jacob, David and Amanda Miller, Sophie Poritzky and Madison and Hailey Hayes.

She is also survived by special nephews and nieces Scott Green of Chestnut Hill, Lorie Green Kirkes of Alexandria, Virginia,  Debby Saltman Gershon of Chicago, Illinois and Sara and David Saltman of Medway.  She was predeceased by her husband of 77 years, Joseph Arnold Miller and her granddaughter, Audrey Miller Poritzky.

Funeral services were graveside on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at Temple Emeth Memorial Park in West Roxbury, MA.

Shiva will not be observed due to the COVID pandemic.  Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

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