David Zakay Dead at 91

Funeral services were held today for David Zakay, a prominent journalist and writer, who died here last night at the age of 91. He was also a well-known amateur meteorologist and astronomer.

Barn in Minsk, where he studied in the local Hebrew school and yeshiva, Zakay came to Palestine in 1909 and worked as a teacher for a number of years. When Histadrut was organized in 1920, he became its first secretary and associate editor of its publication which later became Davar. He continued in the post as associate editor and author of the column, “Ketzarot,” until his retirement in the 1960s.

Zakay was a member of the cultural department of Achdut Haavodah, the Educational Council, Teachers Association central committee and the British Astronomical Association. He lectured on astronomy for Kol Israel and was a correspondent for the Zurich Observatory. His Ketzarot column, which was published daily and for which he was widely acclaimed, was issued as a book by Davar. He also published a number of works in the fields of astronomy and meteorology.

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