New York (Jul. 8)
Judith Lerner, wife of the famed Moscow cyberneticist and aliya activist Dr. Alexander Lerner, died yesterday in the Soviet capital of a massive heart attack, it was reported here today by the Long Island Committee for Soviet Jewry. Mrs. Lerner was 65 years old.
Grace Pearlbinder, president of the Long Island Committee, and Lynn Singer, executive director of the Committee, expressed “profound sorrow” at Mrs. Lerner’s death which prevented her from “fulfilling her dream of emigrating with her family to Israel. September will mark the 10th anniversay since they first applied to emigrate and were refused. We extend to Dr. Lerner and his son Vladimir of Moscow, and to his daughter Sonya who is a resident of Israel our deepest sympathies.” The two Long Island Committee officials said the family is in mourning at Dimitry
Ulyanova 4/2/322, Moscow 117333, RSFSR, USSR. They asked that letters of condolence be sent to that address.
Shock and grief at the death of Mrs. Lerner was also expressed by Dr. Seymour Lachman, chairman of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry, and officials of the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews. The three groups appealed to Soviet authorities to permit Dr. Lerner and his son to join their family in Israel and to permit Sonya Lerner to travel to Moscow for her mother’s funeral.