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Fred Monosson, New England Zionist Leader. Dead at 79

Funeral services were held here Sunday for Fred Monosson, a veteran Zionist leader associated with the early development of Israel, who died Friday after a long illness at the age of 79. Mr. Monosson served for many years as president of the New. England Jewish National Fund and was a founder and president of Zionist House in Boston, the only institution of its kind in any American city.

Mr. Monosson was born in Moscow, came to the United States in 1905 and was educated at local schools and at Northeastern Law School here. He was in the rainwear manufacturing business and became prominent for his activities on behalf of Israel and in local Jewish and other philanthropies. He was honored by Premier David Ben-Gurion of Israel in 1950 for his help in solving Israeli financial problems. He was also a guiding spirit behind the National Committee for Harvard Law School-Israel Cooperative Research, an institute he helped set up during the early years of the Jewish State to advance Israel’s legal development.

Mr. Monosson served as national treasurer of the Zionist Organization of America from 1949-52 and was a life member of the ZOA. He was also a life member of the World Zionist Organization Actions Committee; national co-chairman of the Israel Bond Organization in 1951 and was a member of the national boards of directors of the United Israel Appeal and the United Jewish Appeal. He was a member of the executive board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He was a builder in 1951 of Neve Monosson, a village near Lod Airport that bears his name and of the President Harry S. Truman Village in Israel in 1952.

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