William (Bill) Maurice Abend, AIA Architect, 84, passed away on Monday, Aug. 24, peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Marcia, by his side in San Francisco, California.
He was born on Jan. 11, 1931 to Samuel and Rose Abend. Bill grew up in San Francisco. He graduated from George Washington High School in 1948. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his B.A. in Beaux Art Architecture in 1954. He was a proud member of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi).
Upon graduation, during the Korean conflict, Bill enlisted in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army. Lieutenant Abend designed the Army Signal Corps School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After he was honorably discharge, William came back to his beloved city by the bay, San Francisco. There he designed and consulted on such projects as the University of Santa Cruz, College of San Mateo, Diablo Valley College and the Japanese Cultural Center of San Francisco.
He received his California state license of architect and his admittance into the American Institute of Architecture (AIA). He furthered his education by studying and becoming a licensed architect in the Western states. He also earned a California real estate license. He continued his thirst for knowledge until his death.
Bill worked for over 50 years in private practice honing his skills in commercial architecture, managing and designing for large corporations such as McDonald’s and Mrs. Fields. He also consulted for many fellow architects, contractors and lawyers, both on their behalf and as an expert witness. Later in life he was appointed to the San Francisco’s Abatement Appeals Board where he became president, serving for 13 years. A few years later he was appointed to the Appeals Board of Concord, California, where he remained chairman until his passing. He was an avid stamp and coin collector from childhood.
William is survived by his loving wife, Marcia Faye, of San Francisco, California; his daughter Rona-Alyse Alison Abend Reynolds and son-in-law Hugh Oliver Reynolds of Concord, California; Wendee Lee Karp of Richmond, California; and grandchildren Jacob William and Rebekah Rose Reynolds of Concord, California. Brother of Ronald M. Abend and sister in-law Elaine Abend of Boca Raton, Florida; sister of Marilyn Abend (deceased) and survived by many wonderful caring nephews, nieces and cousins.
A funeral service was held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Lucile Packard Foundation at Stanford University at www.lpfch.org. Condolences may be left at Sinai Memorial Chapel’s online guest book at www.sinaichapel.org.
Joan Freed Curtis was born on April 22, 1926 and died peacefully in her home on Aug. 31, 2015. She was the youngest child of Elise (Oberdorfer) and Edgar Freed of Portland, Oregon. Joan grew up in Portland and attended Ainsworth and Catlin (now Catlin Gabel) schools. She treasured her Portland roots and maintained lifelong relationships with many of her Portland friends.
Joan moved back East to attend Bennett College, after which she studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. She lived with her sister, Henrietta, and worked at an advertising agency. She loved the intensity of New York, and it was during this time that she met the love of her life, Robert Curtis. They married in 1948 and had two children in New York before moving to San Francisco for Robert’s internal medicine residency at Mount Zion Hospital. Two more children soon followed, as Robert’s practice grew.
Together, they traveled around the world. They loved visiting art museums and attending sporting events. (Joan was a huge Roger Federer fan.) Joan loved gardening, and she and Robert spent many weekends creating a beautiful yard.
Joan continued her art studies with local instructors for many years. Her primary media were painting and sculpture. She passed on her deep love of art to her children and grandchildren.
Joan loved to celebrate, and she and Robert always made holidays very special. Family was always a priority and they warmly embraced all of their children’s spouses and all of their relatives.
Following Robert’s death in 1992, Joan continued to lead a very active, independent life. She traveled extensively and had a wide circle of friends. For many years, she took classes at the Fromm Institute, which she enjoyed immensely.
Joan was strong, passionate, had a wonderful sense of humor and was very proud of her Jewish identity. She was a devoted Democrat and often brought her children with her to help campaign for liberal candidates. Joan was an unwavering supporter of Barack Obama and an early proponent of marriage equality.
Joan will be deeply missed by her four children: Judy (Kent) Curtis Sokoloff, Joel (Maria) Curtis, Deborah (Chuck) Schwartz, and Pam (Al) Rudolph; and her 10 grandchildren: Max and Amelia Sokoloff, Samantha, Pilar and Adam Curtis, Jeremy (Lauren) and Jordan (Amy) Schwartz, and Alex, Elise and Chloe Rudolph. Joan was predeceased by her beloved brother (Frederick Freed) and adored sister (Henrietta Schlanger). Aside from her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her devoted nieces and nephews and their families.
The family is very appreciative of Joan’s caregivers, especially Graciela Vega and Susana Zepeda, who were so kind and treated her with dignity and grace.
There will be a celebration of Joan’s life. For details, please contact the family.
If you would like to make a donation, please consider the Fromm Institute, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117; or Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., 434 W. 33rd St., New York, NY 10001.
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Richard “Dick” S. Linder, J.D., of Hilton Head, South Carolina, by way of Novato, California, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 23 at the unexpected age of 85. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to parents William and Sophie (Palay) Linder, and was the younger brother to the late Sherry (Linder) Hosansky.
Dick walked to school uphill in the snow — both ways — won championship basketball for DeWitt Clinton High School while playing at Madison Square Garden, had a delightfully sarcastic sense of humor, endured too many of life’s trials sans complaint and, especially, served as his children’s wise, comedic and caring moral compass. Dad’s favorite aphorism: “Illegitimi non carborundum.”
Dick is survived by his wife, Arlene (Beckman), with whom he shared 58 years of love, romance and a crazy household; his daughters Michelle Linder and Joelle (Linder) Burnette, his son-in-law, Mark Burnette, and his two adored grandchildren, Jesse and Sophie Burnette, who dearly loved their papa.
Services were held at Home of Peace Cemetery where he was buried next to his and Arlene’s eldest daughter, Renee Linder.
This honorably discharged veteran served nine years overseas and domestically as navigator on KC-135s in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command. He finished his military career as a major before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Thereafter, as a member of the California Bar Association, he practiced law for 40 years and taught estate-planning law at Golden Gate University as an adjunct professor.
In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory by sending donations to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Veterans’ Victory House, 2461 Sidneys Road, Walterboro, SC 29488.
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Nathan Rosenberg, 1927-2015
Nathan Rosenberg passed away on Monday, Aug. 25. He was born into a poor, working-class immigrant family in Passaic, New Jersey. As a child, he was badly burned and had to learn to walk again. More than overcoming this challenge, he became a runner and was a New Jersey state champion.
He graduated from high school just after the end of World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Following that period of service, and thanks to the GI Bill of Rights, he became the first member of his family to attend college, graduating from Rutgers in three years (Phi Beta Kappa) and then going on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
He spent two years at Oxford on a Fulbright and wrote his dissertation on Economic Planning in the British Building Industry. He taught at a number of universities (including Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, University of the Philippines, Tel Aviv University, Stockholm School of Economics, Royal School of Technology, Pescara University) before ultimately settling at Stanford, where he spent the bulk of his career as the Farleigh Dickinson Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Economics. He served as department chair at Stanford from 1983 to 1986. For many years he was chair of the advisory board of the United Nations University in Maastricht. He was editor of the Journal of Economic History for a number of years.
Rosenberg was most famous for his creative and original work on the economic history of technology, encompassing the diversity of forces influencing technical change and mutual interactions between scientific and technological innovation and how technological innovations drove economic growth. He changed the way that economists and economic historians think about technology and the nature of economic change he showed that in order to make sense of economic growth we must make sense of technology and that this can only be done in a historic context. He contributed enormously to our understanding of the transfer of technology and how that influences economic development in newly industrializing and nonindustrialized nations and on the role of resource endowments (such as wood) in technical development. He also wrote and taught about the history of economic thought, writing extensively about Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Joseph Schumpeter.
He had extensive collaborations with engineers with whom he wrote about the impact of technological change. For example, he coauthored a book with Walter Vincenti, “The Britannia Bridge: The Generation and Diffusion of Technological Knowledge,” and worked over many years with the chemical process engineer Ralph Landau on the history of chemical engineering education and the chemical industry and with Annetine Gelj on technological innovation in medicine. His highest impact book, “How the West Grew Rich,” coauthored with L. E. Birdzell, was an elegant synthesis of economic history that argued that it is the political pluralism and flexibility of Western societies’ institutions rather than corporate organization and mass production that explain its unparalleled economic growth and subsequent wealth. That book was translated into numerous languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Arabic.
He published close to 200 articles and at least 15 books. Over the course of his career, he received many honors and awards. He was an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology, and honorary degrees from Lund University, the University of Bologna and Northwestern University.
Nate appreciated the New York Times, music and nature and especially loved watching birds and walking in the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rina, and his four children, Karen (Thomas Rocek), Gordon (Nancy Small), Jonathan (Beryl Grace) and David (Joy Marcus), and eight grandchildren. Donations in Nate’s name can be made to the American Friends of the Hebrew University.
Edward Tamler, M.D., age 96, loving husband of Rose for 74 years, father of Howard (Nechama) and Richard (Carolyn), grandfather of four, stepgrandfather of three, great grandfather of six.
Educated at City College of New York (B.S., 1939, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia University (B.S. Optometry, 1941; M.D. College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1950; Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society).
Served as naval officer in World War II (Lt. Cmdr.) from July 1941 to February 1946. Practiced ophthalmology in San Francisco and taught pathology at University of California Optometry School and Stanford University, where he also conducted eye research.
Dr. Tamler was active in the Jewish community, especially in the field of Jewish education. He taught Hebrew Bible for many years, lectured on Jewish values, was a co-founder of Brandeis-Hillel Day School and a co-founder of the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jewry. He served on the board of the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council and the American Jewish Congress. He was cited by the Conservative movement of Judaism for “furthering Jewish education.”
Dr. Tamler taught at the Henry George School for Social Sciences in San Francisco and published a book on land value taxation.
Donations in memory of Edward Tamler may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Sally Wechsler passed away on Aug. 28, 2015 in Petaluma at the age of 98. Devoted wife of the late Andrew Wechsler. Beloved mother of Anna Heffron (Steven) of Petaluma, Trudi Griswold (Glenn) of NH, and the late Susan Gilbert. Adored mother-in-law of Frank Gilbert. Cherished grandmother of Amy Robertson (Rob), Ari Heffron (Jacquelyn), Valerie Ford (Brian), Cathy Griswold, Debbie Griswold, Glenn D. Griswold (Sonyalynn), Jacob Gilbert and Benjamin Gilbert. Loving great-grandmother of Nathan and Seth Robertson; Lily and Kaylee Griswold; and Camden Heffron. Predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Sally was a native of Krakow, Poland, and a Holocaust survivor.
Services were held in Sharon, MA. Memorial contributions may be made to B’nai Israel Jewish Center, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952; Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter St., Hyannis, MA 02601; Petaluma Chapter of Hadassah, 740 Western Ave., Petaluma, CA 94952; or Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952. Family assisted by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary, Petaluma.
Henry Bernard Weil was born in Landau, Germany, on May 22, 1921 to Isidor and Auguste Weil, and passed away peacefully at home in San Francisco on Sept. 1, 2015.
Henry was raised in Landau with his younger brothers, Ernest and Lewis, and remained there until shortly after Kristallnacht in 1938. With his cousin Harry he sailed for Cuba on a freighter on May 1, 1939. He spent six months in Havana awaiting a visa to enter the United States. In December 1939 he was able to travel to San Francisco to join his brother Lewis, who had been residing there for the previous year. In 1941 Lewis and Henry were joined by their mother and brother Ernest in San Francisco. His father, Isidor, did not survive the Holocaust.
For the next 25 years (interrupted by Army duty in New Guinea during World War II) Henry was an executive at Koret of California, a ladies sportswear manufacturer. While at Koret he worked on the development of the permanent press process for clothing and created a subsidiary named Koratron. As president of Koratron he spent several years traveling to license the patented permanent press process to major clothing manufacturers around the world. In 1965 he retired from the clothing industry.
Above all, Henry’s life was devoted to his family. In 1950 he married Helen Wolff, also a Holocaust survivor from Germany. They quickly started a family with son Norm and twin daughters Nina and Nancy. The Weil family home was the scene of frequent family celebrations. Henry and Helen began to spend time in Maui in 1967 and eventually established a second home there, where they would spend the majority of the year. In addition to their time in Maui, Helen and Henry regularly traveled abroad and visited every continent in the world until her death in 2001. Following the passing of his beloved Helen, Henry’s life was enriched by his life partner, Alina Kerson. Together they shared his continued passion for travel and life in Maui, as well as sharing in each other’s family celebrations.
Henry was predeceased by his wife, Helen, and his brothers. He is survived by his son Norm (Joyce) and their children Alison and Benjamin, by his daughter Nina and her children Shana (Mats) and Sarah (Mark), and by his daughter Nancy (Norman) and their children Jordana and Jacob. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren Issac, Asher and Maya, numerous nieces and nephews and by his very special life partner, Alina Kerson. The family also wishes to acknowledge those who provided dedicated care and assistance to him, Aida Benitez, Adelaida Lomboy, Henry Raymundo and Yvonne Kwan.
A memorial service was held at the home of Norm Weil on Sept. 3. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in his memory be made to Jewish Home of San Francisco, 302 Silver Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112.
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