NEW YORK (Jan. 5)
Louis D. Horwitz, farmer director general of overseas operations of the Joint Distribution Committee, died yesterday in Jerusalem, it was reported here by Donald M. Robinson, president of the JDC. He was 69. Horwitz emigrated to Israel after his retirement from the JPC in 1974 and continued to work with the elderly in deprived areas of Jerusalem. He was a recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Welfare’s prestigious Hazani Award in recognition of his innovative contributions to the care of the aged.
A native of Cleveland, Horwitz was educated at Case Western Reserve University and at the New York School of Social Work. He joined the JDC staff in 1946 and served subsequently in Italy, Tunisia, Paris, Geneva and Israel. In Italy he helped speed the flow of displaced persons and concentration camp survivors to Israel and other countries. In 1950 he was appointed JDC director for Tunisia where he administered a brood range of health, education and welfare programs.
In 1953 Horwitz was transferred to Paris and appointed director of the JDC’s department of emigration. When the department was merged with HIAS in 1954 he was named director of European and North African affairs far HIAS. He rejoined the JDC in 1957 as director for Israel and, for the next five years, directed the JDC’s Malben program there. He was appointed director general of overseas operations in 1967 and served in that post until his retirement.