NEW YORK (Sep. 14)
Messages of condolence on the death of Sol M. Stroock, president of the American Jewish Committee, continued to reach the offices of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency during the week-end from all parts of the country.
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, chairman of the UPA, wiring from Cleveland said: “I learned with profound sorrow of the death of Sol M. Stroock. Personally and as chairman of the United Palestine Appeal, I wish to pay tribute to a high minded and cultured gentleman, a true American, and a loyal Jew who loved his people deeply and served them with distinction in many fields. His passing is a great loss to American Jewry.
Sidney Hollander, president of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, wired: “In the passing of Sol M. Stroock the Jewish community of America suffers a great loss. For years without end his keen mind and great energy have been at the service of his people, and we will all sorely miss him. Sol M. Stroock’s name will always rank high among the great leaders of the Jewish people.”
William J. Shroder, chairman of the board of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, wired from Cincinnati: “The end of his great life well lived brings a sense of personal loss to all who knew Mr. Stroock and of him. The record of his achievements is our consolation.”
Henry Monsky, president of the B’nai B’rith, wired from Omaha: “The sudden and unexpected death of Mr. Sol Stroock, at a time when men of broad experience concerning the problems of our people, are so much needed, is a great loss to the Jewish community of American. Those of us who were privileged to work with him, respected him for his profound interest in and Zealous devotion to the causes that concern the Jews.”
Dr. Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish National Fund of America, in a statement said: “In the passing of Sol M. Stroock, American Israel has lost one of its foremost leaders. Over a span of a generation, he counseled, guided and strengthened the philanthropic and cultural life of American Jewry. He was a great patron of learning. Scholarship, wisdom, humility and a high sense of public responsibility were his characteristics.”
Leon S. Lang, president of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, in a statement declared: “The Rabbinical Assembly of America is profoundly grieved by the passing of Sol M. Stroock, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Mr. Stroock was much beloved by our colleagues for his valiant leadership in Jewish life and his untiring and zealous devotion to the Seminary, our Alma Mater. His sterling character and love of scholarship will be sorely missed in the counsels of the Seminary, especially in these trying days.”
H. L. Lurie, executive director of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, said in a message: “All of us concerned with Jewish problems recognized the qualities of his leadership. He was a personal symbol of the aims of Jewish life and culture in this country. These qualities, even more than his functions of leadership in Jewish organization, determined and guided a large part of our thinking. The loss to community life is real and irreplaceable.”
Messages were also received from numerous Jewish leaders in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, Les Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston; San Francisco and other cities.