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  • Children’s author Simms Taback dies at 79

    llustrator and author Simms Taback, whose more than 40 colorful and quirky children’s books gained him wide appeal and numerous awards, died Dec. 25 at 79. Taback “was one of a new breed of commercial illustrators who in the 1960s rejected realistic trends in favor of expressionistic and comic visual storytelling,” the New York Times…

  • Jerzy Kluger, lifelong friend of Pope John Paul, dies at 90

    Jerzy Kluger, a childhood friend of Karol Wojtyla, the Polish priest who improved Vatican relations with Jews when he became Pope John Paul II, died in Rome on Dec. 31, 2011 at 90. "The young Karol Wojtyla learned a lot about Judaism from Kluger," said author Gianfranco Svidercoschi, an aide to the late pope and…

  • Designer Eva Zeisel, who survived Stalin to create beauty, dies at 105

    Eva Zeisel, whose post-war tableware designs “helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables” but who also suffered imprisonment and torture in the days of Joseph Stalin, died at 105 on Dec. 30, 2011. Zeisel was “one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century, who created lyrical yet practical tableware and…

  • Elsie Rich, one of world’s oldest, dies at 110

    Elsie Rich, one of the world’s oldest Jews, died Dec. 29, 2011, at a nursing home in northern California, four months after the Holocaust-era refugee from Vienna celebrated turning 110. "I was with her. She went peacefully," said her 92-year-old friend Evie Abramowitz. "She just wore out. She was four months into 110. How much…

  • Former Israeli Air Force pilot Shimshon Rozen dies in plane crash at 60

    Shimshon Rozen, a longtime Israeli Air Force pilot who was one of the flyers in a historic 2003 flight over Auschwitz, died Dec. 16 in a light aircraft accident in the city of Modi’in. He was 60. [[READMORE]] "Nothing could prepare us for the loss of one of the finest airmen and greatest friends that…

  • Deaths we missed and lives worth knowing about in 2011

    The Eulogizer tries to do right by everyone who has passed away in the Jewish world, but the work, though begun, is never finished. Here is a sampling of prominent Jews who died in 2011 whose names did not get into our column in the days after their deaths. [[READMORE]] Hanan Porat was a prominent…

  • More 2011 ‘Top Ten’ lists with names you know

    It’s (still) that Top Ten time of the year. Here are a few more lists that paid respect to some of the people the Eulogizer and JTA covered in 2011. [[READMORE]] The Jewish Journal’s “Top 10 Jews in the news (Like them, or not)” list included two whose deaths put them on the list: Amy…

  • Billionaire businessman, bluegrass musician Warren Hellman dies at 77

    Warren Hellman, an iconoclastic Bay Area businessman who used his wealth for philanthropy and to focus on projects he loved, such as bluegrass banjo, died at 77 on Dec. 18. In many online and newspaper tributes to Hellman, he was described as an “only in San Francisco” character. A photo of him on the front…

  • Ballet dancer Mark Goldweber dies at 53

    Mark Goldweber, a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and most recently ballet master of Ballet West in Salt Lake City, died Dec. 9 at 53 of lymphoma. Goldweber, a native of Miami, was recruited by the Joffrey when he was in high school after winning a Ford Foundation grant to study at the American…

  • The first of the “Top Ten” death lists for 2011

    Many media organizations are now compiling their “Top Ten” lists for the year. Some will inevitably have a list of people within their worldview who died. The (almost) always entertaining website Mental Floss has gotten out early with a list titled, 10 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2011, which includes two already written up by…