Sympathy – January 2018 issue

Posted on: December 30th, 2017 by tgregory

… to the family and friends of Patrick Plank, who died on Nov. 30. He was the stepfather of Congregation Micah member Ron (Faith Haber) Galbraith. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to Congregation Micah.


… to the family and friends of Marion Wood, who died on Dec. 1. Among her survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Congregation Micah members Brenda and Jeff Karp, and her grandchildren Rachel and Adam. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her name to Congregation Micah.


… to the family and friends of West End Synagogue member Walter Harrison, 73. He died after a brief illness on Dec. 9, surrounded by his family.  

A nationally respected pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Walter practiced medicine until he was 72. He practiced in Lynn, Mass., for over 35 years and rounded out his career in Tennessee. He served as chief of pediatrics at North Shore Children’s Hospital, Lynn Hospital and Union Hospital. He was active in the Massachusetts Academy of Pediatrics, and made remarkable strides in legislation for pediatric mental health and expanding healthcare coverage for children.

Walter loved the Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots, chocolate pudding and his family with the joie de vivre of a large child exploring the world for the first time. He loved Jewish learning and was active in his Jewish communities and synagogues in both Massachusetts and Tennessee. Here in Nashville, Walter represented the B’nai B’rith Social Unit on the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, where he was an active and engaged advocate for Israel and on issues affecting the Jewish people.  He served in Brotherhood, B’nai B’rith, and as Ritual Chairman for Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, Mass.  

He is survived by his wife, Jacalyn Harrison; children Lisa Austin, Michael and Peggy Harrison, Daniel Harrison, Nick and Val Kaplan, and Shana and Alex Beach; brother Andrew and Adrienne Harrison; grandchildren Molly and Jake Harrison, Pierce and Amelia Rose Kaplan, and Gabby and Sam Beach; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Jean Harrison of Dartmouth, N.H.  

As a man who believed in giving thanks every day both for what you do have and for what you don’t have, the family requests contributions in Walter’s memory to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.


… to the family and friends of Ruth Abelman, who died on Dec. 9. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Congregation Micah members Steve and Robin Abelman. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Ruth’s name to the Joseph and Esther Cheskis Scholarship at Brandeis University or Congregation Micah.


… to the family and friends of Shirley Greenfield, who died on December 11. A memorial service was held at The Temple.


… to the family and friends of WES member Marvin Cohen (Meyer ben Herschel). Marvin was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Blum Cohen.  

He is survived by his children, Karen Cohen and Anita (Steve) Rich; grandchildren Nora Danielle (Jason) Pachter, Jennifer (Charles) Maldonado and Daniel Rich; great-grandchildren Emery Pachter and Addie Maldonado; and by nephews Norman Cohen, Barry Cannell and Stewart (Dee) Cannell and niece Judy (Stan) Weiss.  •