Sympathy – November 2016 issue

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Peggy Ann Lightman Cohen, 90, who died on Sept. 27. Born in Nashville on March 24, 1926, she was the daughter of Edward and Edna Lightman. She is preceded in death by her husband, P. Millard Cohen; daughter, Melanie Dee Cohen; sister, Rowena Levy; daughter-in-law, Amy Michelle Cohen, and other in-laws including, Morris David and Sara Cohen, Harold Cohen, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, Bernice and Hugo Marx, Eileen Sloan, and other members of the Lightman and Gross families. She is survived by her son, David Samuel Cohen; granddaughter, Rachel Melanie Cohen; sister, Justina (Shelly) Goldstein, and many nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends. 

Peggy was a graduate of West End High School and Peabody Teachers College. She retired after 45 years from the Metropolitan School System, where she taught at Parmer, Ransom and McCann elementary schools and was a Career Ladder 3 teacher. She was a member of Hadassah, National Council of Jewish Women, The Temple (Congregation Ohabai Sholom) and Congregation Sherith Israel, where she also served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a supporter of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and Akiva School. 

The thanks friends and family for their love and support during this time and an extra special thank you to long term friend and caregiver Rafaela Joachin. 

Graveside services were on Sept. 30. Memorial donations may be made to Akiva School or a charity of the donor’s choice. 


… to the family and friends of Doris ‘Dooley’ Gross, who died in Nashville on October 3, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Born Doris Moskovitz on August 12, 1922 in Nashville, Dooley was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Hume Fogg High School and worked for Vultee Aircraft during World War II, where she and her future husband Charles Gross sent love messages to each other through the vacuum tube communication system. Married in 1942, the couple lived a wonderful and full life together for almost 70 years, working hard, raising four children, giving to their community, and traveling the world. 

Dooley was an exceptional person who loved and cared for her family and her many friends, whom she considered a part of her family. She always gave to others without asking or wanting anything in return. Many can recall Dooley slipping a dollar bill into their pocket, sending a birthday gift, or visiting them when they were sick. 

She is preceded in death by her soul mate, Charles Gross; her parents, Lilly and Max Moskovitz; her sister, Esta Loventhal, and brothers, Sol Moskovitz, Willie Moskovitz and Harry Moss. She leaves two lovely sisters, Sara Rosenstein and Rachel Kornman whom she also considered close friends; four children,  Ronald (Ellen) Gross, Richard (Michelle) Gross, Sharon Satterfield, and Randy (Michael) Gross; seven grandchildren, Avi, Isaiah, Jordon, Lauren, Lilia Claire, Sara Beth, and Shoshanna; 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She also leaves behind loving nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of close friends of all ages.

Funeral services were on Oct. 6 at West End Synagogue with burial at KKAI Cemetery. Donations can be made in her memory to West End Synagogue.


… the family and friends of Dr. Phillip I. Levitan, who died on Oct. 9. Born in Nashville to Ida Towbin Levitan and Martin Levitan, he also was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn Alpert Levitan, and uncle, Ben Towbin. He is survived by wife, Sue Levitan; son, Kenneth (Gloria Dumas) Levitan; daughter, Ilene (Alfred) Dobler; grandchildren, Kimberly Levitan, Stephanie Miles, Rebecca Dobler and Amanda Dobler; great-grandchildren, Evie Stack and Lealand Stack, and his dog, Abigail.

Phillip earned both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Vanderbilt University and served internships and residency at Grace-New Haven Community Hospital and Yale University School of Medicine. He was a diversified, multi-talented surgeon with more than 30 years of experience as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and serving as president of the New York State Society of Surgeons. Phillip held an impressive array of elective offices and responsibilities within organized medicine. He was the associate medical director for Xantus Corporation and Med Solutions and a member of the Suffolk County Medical Society and Suffolk Academy of Medicine in New York. He held various positions within the hierarchy of organized medicine ranging from chairman of the Society’s Graduate Medical Education Committee, secretary of the Society, President of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York Second District Branch, Suffolk County Medical Society delegate to the MSSNY House of Delegates, and chairman of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Arbitration Hearings. 

He utilized his in-depth knowledge and skills as a surgeon to launch a simultaneous career in broadcast video production. He co-produced a training film for Searle Laboratories and hosted and produced a New York weekly syndicated radio show called “Here’s to Your Health.” Phillip developed and co-produced the NBC Mini Series, “Wallenberg,” which won several Emmy Awards and the prestigious Christopher Award. He also produced movies, including the CBS movies “A Special Friendship” and “Labor of Love” and NBC’s “The Amy Fisher Story.”  Phillip also served as the keynote speaker at the Can-Pro Festival of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Emmy Awards in 1999 in Canada.

Services were on Oct. 13 at Congregation Micah. Donations can be made to the American Red Cross at (615) 250-4300 or or to WillowBrook Hospice, 1451 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville 37217 (