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Dr. Abraham Granott, World President of Jewish National Fund, Dead

July 23, 1962
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Dr. Abraham Granott, president of the Jewish National Fund, died in Jerusalem yesterday after a long illness. He was 72 years old.

The funeral took place this afternoon at the Sanhedriya cemetery in Jerusalem. Participating in the funeral were all members of the Government. At the graveside the deceased was eulogized by Moshe Sharett, chairman of the Jewish Agency executive; Yaacov Tzur, head of the directorate of the Jewish National Fund; and the Minister of Justice, Dr. Dov Joseph.

Dr. Granott was born in Bessarabia in 1890. He studied law and economics at the universities of Freiburg and Lausanne in Switzerland, graduating as a Doctor of Laws in 1917. In 1919 he joined the staff of the Jewish National Fund, then in Holland, and in 1922 he settled in Israel. In 1934 he became managing director of the JNF and in 1945 was appointed chairman of the Board of Directors. In 1960 he was unanimously appointed president of the organization.

He was Professor of Agrarian Economy of the Hebrew University, a governor of the Hebrew University and of the Weismann Institute of Science, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Crafts and director of numerous economic and agricultural corporations in Israel.

He was a member of the first Knesset in 1949 and of the second Knesset in 1951. He wrote numerous books on agrarian problems in Israel and allied subjects. He Hebraized his name from Granovsky to Granott after the establishment of Israel.

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