We honor the memory of our friends and classmates
whose passing came too soon.


 Bob Ackerman   David Alpert   Heather Alpert Jackowski   Claire (Bobby) Altbach   Sandra Baum Swan
 
 Larry Benish     Rick Born  Carla Cannaven  Harold Cayton     Russ Chadwick     Rich Chileen
 
 Sue Claster     Robert Dick     Gerry DuBois     Tex Eckstone     William Erven
 
 Martin Fleisher    Gilda Freiman Deutsch    David Frishman   Gloria Gerber    Melvyn Goldfarb   
 
 Don Graff     Ken Halpern     Bob Herman     David Hoffman     Ruth Ingles Kaminski
 
 Marianne Johnson Yates     Howard Karm     Diane Kelley Brown     George Kempf

 Eugene Kleinberg     Wayne Loughran     Jane Mackenzie Franson     James Mihas    

 Nancy Myers Friedman     Diane Pacholski Schuitema     Cynthia Parry     Yuri Rasovsky (Ira Rasof)
 
 Maureen Richter     Richard Schlifke    Eve (Dusty) Schneiderman Loeb     Mark Schorr   

 Ellyn Shainberg Drazin     Hal Singer     Roberta Sloan Schwartz     Susan Stiles Santoro    

 Virginia Stockman     Barry Tasner     Lance Thompson     Tom Trotta     Bruce Turner    

 Lynne Weinberg Hill     Louis Wexner     Judi Wilensky Cohen


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Rick Born

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When I moved to Scottsdale, I rekindled my friendship with Rick. We met at a health club where we both worked out. Rick was the same witty Rick. No one was immune to his great humor. He made friends of everyone he came across. Sadly, he had suffered from cance for many years, survived several surgeries and kept his spirit up until the end. He was an inspiration to me.

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From Ron Tiersky on July 26th, 2011


I knew Ricky Born well - we were close friends at Bradwell grammar school. My family moved from South Shore so I didn't attend South Shore High School and we were never in contact again. This post is just to add a word of tribute with great affection to the witty, full of energy and courageous kid I knew -    

If any Bradwell friends want to be in touch, my email is rstiersky@amherst.edu     I'd love to have news.

 
 
From gerson mosbacher on August 23rd, 2011
funny that i saw this info on rick.....ive known rick since hs and rick called on a beauty shop next to my state farm insurance office in phoenix for years before he passed away....this past sunday night, ricks son lee[a weather man in flagstaff az] did the weather in phoenix substituting for the on vacation phoenix NBC weather man.....it brought back so many wonderful memories as Lee looks very much like his dad.....gerson
 
From Dave Delott on August 28th, 2011
Image I lived accross the street from Rick during our high school years.. He was always fun to be around.  I introduced him to Norma and they were a couple from that day on. I spoke to Rick a few months before He passed and he was the same funny guy even though he knew the cancer was back. My regret is not seeing him before he passed away.
 
From Judith Meyers on August 28th, 2011
Ricky was my very first date, I was one of the tallest girls and Ricky was "Ricky height". His personality could light up a room, along with his joyous smile . Although it has been over well over 50 years it is a memory that I have
always held dear. My thoughts to his family, I am sure
he brought them great happiness.
 

Richard Chileen

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Robert Dick

- - 1970

I remember being at the Youth Center at 76th and Phillips with Bob Dick and playing pool.  He was such a nice guy.  He passed away while his wife was pregnant with their first child and I believe he was around 26 years old.  Several years later (22 years ago) when my Father passed away and I was at his funeral, I turned around after the service was over, looked down and there was Bob's marker.
Karen Kahn Bezman

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Cynthia Ann Parry (Maddox)

1944 - December 2nd, 2011


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Cynthia Ann Maddox, nee Parry, born 1944, beloved wife of Michael Maddox; devoted mother of Katherine and Patricia Maddox; cherished sister of Marion and Eugenia Parry, died Dec. 2, 2011 from complications following liver surgery. A graduate of South Shore High School, with a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A.T. from Brown University, Cynthia was a docent tour guide for the Chicago Architectural Foundation and Secretary of ARCS (Achievement Awards for College Scientists). More notably she served for 33 years as Dean of Students at Truman College. After her retirement, she continued as an education advocate, becoming an energetic volunteer for the National Council of Jewish Women. A CELEBRATION of the life of Cynthia Maddox will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at A New Leaf Studio and Garden, 1820 N. Wells Street, Chicago at 2:30 p.m.
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Ira (Yuri) Rasof (Rasovsky)

July 29th, 1944 - January 18th, 2012

Posted by Karen Kahn Bezman:
Many years ago, Ira contacted me through Classmates which led to emails and phone calls half way across the U.S.  He was an absolutely brilliant man and we again became good friends.  Among his many awards were: 2 George Foster Peabody Awards,  3 Grammy nominations and 1 Grammy award and 9 Audie awards.  Please go to Wikipedia and look him up as he was truly amazing.  He had changed his name to Yuri Rasovsky.  His uncle was the prize fighter, Barney Ross.

I miss him greatly.  RIP El Fiendo T. (The) Mighty

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When Yuri Rasovsky was a little boy growing up in the South Shore neighborhood, he carried on conversations with his teddy bear that were so animated a neighbor who overheard the chats thought his companion was another child — and invited the two of them for milk and cookies.

He would harness that powerful imagination and gift for mimicry, becoming a respected writer, director and producer of hundreds of radio dramas and audiobooks that in his 40-year career drew some of the nation’s best actors to his studio — even when they were getting paid scale.

Often, he adapted classics, such as an audio drama version of The Maltese Falcon. Mr. Rasovsky researched Dashiell Hammett’s classic of hard-boiled detective fiction to craft an adaptation with freshly unearthed material and suspense. He’d lay down sound effects and coax out performances that were so good, his works were nominated for — and won — the Grammy award.

Mr. Rasovsky, 67, died of esophageal cancer Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles.

Even in his final days, his partner, Lorna Raver, could hear him calling out directions to actors in his sleep.

Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy” worked on The Maltese Falcon with actor Michael Madsen, and she also performed in Mr. Rasovsky’s “Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You — a very GRIMM tale.”

“Being introduced to [performing] radio plays through [Yuri] was like discovering a new fun planet,” Oh said in a text message. “I knew from the second we worked together that I had so much to learn from him. His understanding of the medium, of storytelling and trust in his actors was superlative. He was a great and generous teacher.”

“Most people who worked for Yuri would have worked for him for free because it is so much fun,” said actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier on the television show, “Designing Women.” Taylor performed in Mr. Rasovsky’s “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Val Kilmer, which has been nominated for a Grammy as Best Spoken Word Album of the Year. “You have to bring the role alive with just your voice,” he said. “. . . You don’t have to get into costume or makeup.”

“In my opinion, Yuri was the greatest audio dramatist of our modern age. I have often compared him to Orson Welles,” Craig Black, CEO of Blackstone Audio, said in an online tribute. His company bills itself as the nation’s largest independent publisher of audiobooks.

Before moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Rasovsky was a respected local actor. In 1972, he performed the accents of the Windy City on his “Chicago Language Tape” for WFMT. He won a Joseph Jefferson award for his role in the play “Green Julia” in 1976.

In the early 1970s, he founded the nonprofit National Radio Theater of Chicago, where he produced and directed “Of Thee I Sing” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He traveled to Greece to research his Peabody Award-winning eight-part series, “The Odyssey.”

After he relocated to California, his career began to shift from overseeing narrated versions of books to full-scale productions of audio dramas. He created two works for NPR: an anthology of science-fiction dramas called “2000X,” and “Craven Street,” a five-part series he researched and wrote about Ben Franklin in London that featured Martin Sheen, Elizabeth Montgomery and Sir Nigel Hawthorne.

He started a new company, the Hollywood Theater of the Ear. Its productions included “The Dybbuk,” starring Ed Asner, Carl Reiner and Kris Tabori, and “Saint Joan,” with Amy Irving and Edward Herrmann. Mr. Rasovsky shared in a Grammy; nine Audie awards from the Audio Publishers Association; four Listen-Up awards from Publishers Weekly; a Bradbury Award from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Audio Theatre Festivals.

His works drew on an encyclopedic knowledge of classic literature and film, said Robin Whitten, editor and founder of AudioFile magazine, where Mr. Rasovsky was a contributing editor.

Blackstone Audio picked up several of the projects he pitched to the company, including the audio drama, “Sweeney Todd and the String of Pearls.”

“He was so creative,” Black said. “It had nothing to do with the [Sweeney Todd] movie. He went back and researched the legends behind the story. I believe there were five stories written by various authors from earlier times, and he came up with his own.”

A self-described curmudgeon, he acted like he didn’t like children, and he enjoyed being called by the nickname he gave himself: “El Fiendo T. (The) Mighty.”

“If he wasn’t getting what he wanted” from an actor, Taylor said, “you heard about it, and you heard about it in a hurry.”

Mr. Rasovsky asked that his body be donated to science. A celebration of his life and work is being planned.

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Virginia Stockman

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I'm sorry to say that my sister Gini passed away in 1982 due to complications from Lupus which she had contended with for several years.  She lived in Wichita,KS with her husband Bob who was a retired Air Force pilot and worked for Cessna in Wichita.

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Lynne Weinberg

- - June 17th, 2009


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Lynne Weinberg age 64, died of ovarian cancer on June 17, 2009. She was married to Douglas Hill who died in 1998. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Mel and Rebecca Weinberg, as well as her niece, Naomi Tselepis (Jim); great- niece, Jane Tselepis and nephew, Nathan Weinberg. She is also survived by her adopted "daughter", Emmy Fishman, and Emmy's son, Stephen Molinares, plus a large number of close friends, who were her Tucson family. Lynne was known to have a comic's wit and maintained her humor throughout her illness. Lynne was a writer and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lived in Tucson. She was an artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts artist roster since 1997 and taught poetry and journal writing throughout Arizona. During her social work career, she designed the Foster Home program for Tucson adults with developmental disabilities. Mid-career, she was an outpatient therapist at a mental health clinic and had a small private practice. She retired as a Vice-President from Jewish Family & Children's Service of Southern Arizona where she managed the Intake Office, Volunteer Services, & Community Resources. Originally from Chicago, Lynne moved to Tucson in 1973. As a long-time resident of the central Tucson, she worked with her Blenman Elm Neighborhood Association to bring people together. Recently, she wrote and received neighborhood grants for a water-harvesting workshop and a tree-planting program. More than 50 neighbors participated in these activities. Lynne was a passionate animal lover who always had one to three dogs and cats in residence. Many of her story ideas came from her experiences in the social service arena and as a neighborhood activist. She published short stories, magazine articles, and poetry and in 2007 she won the Martindale Literary Prize. Her book, "Walkers and Other Tribes," a collection of connected short stories about Tucson and the Southwest was published this week. A Celebration of Lynne's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Tucson Jewish Community Center at River Road and Dodge Blvd. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716, 327-6088. Hope Animal Shelter or to hopeanimalshelter.net, 2011 E. 12th St., Tucson, AZ 85719, 792-9200.

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Lynne Weinberg (Weinberg-Hill)

- - June 17th, 2009

Dog lover, writer, incredible friend.  These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Lynne.  A juried writer on the Arizona Commission on the Arts roster, Lynne taught for Pima Community College, UA's extension community, and various other places.  Although she was an accomplished freelance writer, her dream was to produce her own book.  During her two year struggle with cancer, she worked to edit her stories for publication. Her friends and writing colleagues stepped up as they realized the chemo was not working.  Some edited, some proofed, one completed a story.  Barbara Kingsolver wrote an introduction.  Lynne died the day the book went to press.  However, her dream lives on in Walkers and Other Tribes.  I have always been proud to be her friend.

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