On September 24, 2015, RONNA S. (nee Fisher) in Eugene, Oregon. Devoted mother of Justin and Tyler Barrett; cherished sister of Dr. Mark Fisher (Dr. Mera); beloved daughter of Marilyn Fisher. Dear friend of Nina Russo (Justin) and Bridget Davidson (Tyler). Preceded in death by her husband Jeffery Barrett and her father Irving Fisher. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.


On October 28, 2015, ARNOLD A., beloved husband of Margot Reiling (nee Vogel); devoted father of Michael (Laura) Reiling and Peter Reiling (Denise Byrne); adored brother of Liesl (late Albert) Huhn; loving grandfather of Ellen, David, Dylan and Eva Reiling; beloved uncle of Jacquie Latzer. Funeral services and interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.


On October 25, 2015, OREN, brother of Cheryl (Kirk) Cylus; son of the late Albert and Helen Block Goldberg; uncle of Rachel Cylus (fiance Brett Rosenthal) and Jonathan (Olivia) Cylus. Funeral services and interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.

Influential Optimist Local businessman Charles Baum was a problem solver, devoted family man

Charles Baum (Provided)

Charles Baum (Provided)

Charles Baum, a prominent businessman in Baltimore’s Jewish community, passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 73. Baum, who had served as the president of the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore, a sister organization of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Marc Terrill, president of The Associated, said Baum “leaves the crown of a good name.”

“He was one of those people that you can’t really explain it, but when you experience it, then you know it,” he said. “He had this kind of twinkle in his eye and a sense of goodness that was at his core.”

Terrill said he had known Baum from the time he moved back to Baltimore from Boston 15 years ago, and they were in touch at least once a week.

He said Baum showed some of his true leadership abilities during the 2008 financial crisis, when he had just become chair of the Jewish investment fund.

“It’s a pool of money that is very important to the health and the philanthropy of our community, and during that time he was unshakeable, he was thoughtful, he was resolute and got us through one of the most difficult periods financially that was known to men and women,” Terrill said.

Baum’s life journey began in Montgomery, Ala., in the 1940s and led him north to Princeton University, where he graduated in 1964 at the top of his class. He then earned degrees from the Harvard Business School and the University of Maryland School of Law before joining his family’s business, United Holdings, where he worked until the onset of his illness earlier this year.

Baum was particularly known for his other career of advising athletes — prominent figures such as Orioles Eddie Murray, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. Baum worked closely with sports agent Ron Shapiro at the firm Shapiro, Robinson & Associates through the late 1990s. Shapiro said the two met in 1975 after he had organized his firm, and Baum’s intelligence was essential to their success.

“He matched that brilliance with a wit and a kindness that made him a complete businessman and a complete human being,” he said. “There was no challenge that we faced in business or in the community that he couldn’t find a way to make light of in order to reduce the pressure.”

Shapiro said Baum would often comfort him when the firm faced the potential loss of a client by putting the situation in perspective. In explaining Baum’s legacy, Shapiro said his selflessness could easily be summed up by Winston Churchill’s famous expression, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

Jim Dale, a former business partner, also referred to Baum’s humor and wit as defining qualities that made him successful and said Baum had a “sense of reality as a businessman.”

“He was not greedy,” said Dale. “It was possible to make a deal where everybody was reasonably happy.”

Dale said Baum was also exceptionally thorough about staying in touch with him and others with whom he had been close for many years.

“He’s one of the few men who really cultivated friends [and] did all the work it takes to keep up with friends,” he said.

Baum’s son, Matthew, said his father’s intellect could be traced to a sense of curiosity about the world and a variety of interest that ranged from politics to sports.

“He never missed a day of reading The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal,” he said.

Matthew Baum recalled an Orioles-Yankees game they attended as a family in 1992 where his father dove over a wall to grab a ball from a throw that Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly failed to catch. The incident was captured on a local broadcast and can now be seen on YouTube. Baum was ejected from Camden Yards for fan interference, but the family tells the story today with humor.

“He literally was on the field feet over his head, but that was just sort of typical of him with his enthusiasm,” his son said.

Matthew Baum said his father always put family and friends first and added it was remarkable that his father kept up with friends from his past without the aid of social media.

Now a history teacher at Gilman School, Baum said his father was nothing but supportive when he decided it was time for a career change from the corporate world.

“I was at a real crossroads when I was in my mid 20s when … I was choosing what I wanted to do,” Baum said. “[My father] told me to only do what I needed to do to please myself.”

The son said his father’s humility will be a lasting part of his legacy and was apparent even after being told his days were numbered.

“From literally the second before he told me about his diagnosis, he told me how grateful he was for the life he lived,” he said.


On October 28, 2015, MATVEY, loving husband of the late Maria Rudyak (nee Matsix); cherished father of Mikhail (Larisa) Rudyak and Sofia (Semen) Abramov; dear brother of Sophia Derzhanskaya; devoted son of the late Eli and Haya Rudyak; loving grandfather of Mark Rudyak, Mila (David) Abosch, Marina Abramov and Alex (Elena) Abramov; dear great-grandfather of Brady and Ryan Abosch and Inga Abramov. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, October 29, at 3 p.m. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. The family will be receiving at Restaurant Europa, 4147 Labyrinth Road, Baltimore, MD 21215, immediately following interment.


On October 27, 2015, JUDITH HESSA (nee Shefferman), cherished wife of Byron Marcus; loving mother of Edward Eric Marcus (Alison Short), David Israel Marcus (Lisa Algazi) and Susan Rose Marcus (James Lofft); devoted daughter of the late Jules and Helen Shefferman; adored grandmother of Samantha, Rebecca, Aaron and Jennifer Marcus, Adam, Ben and Steven Lofft, Alex Algazi and Charlie Algazi. Funeral services and interment at Kneseth Israel Cemetery, Annapolis, MD on Friday, October 30, at 10:30 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Calah Congregation, P.O. Box 6956, Columbia, MD 21045.


On October 27, 2015, LUCILLE (nee Scherr), beloved wife of the late Irving Daniel Alter; devoted mother of Richard (Rosalie) Alter, Mary (Andrew) Malinow and Kathy (late Marlin) Gottschalk; dear sister of Shirley Klein, Anita Resnick and the late Walter Scherr, and Morris Scherr; beloved sister-in-law of Paula Scherr, Priscilla Scherr and the late Ralph Klein and Jerry Resnick; adored grandmother of Jamie (Derek) Deutsch, Kelly (Fred) Pope, Zach Alter (fiance Rachel Rosen), Ross (Deborah) Malinow, Jodi (Michael) Marsico, Rachel (Dave) Kriebel, and Russell (Mimi) Gottschalk; cherished great-grandmother of Zoey, Noa and Ben Deutsch, Ethan and Anna Pope, Morgan Malinow and Ian and Kaitlin Marsico; Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and her loving caregivers. Funeral services are private. Interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Alter Scholarship Fund, Beth Tfiloh School, 3300 Old Court Road, Pikesville, MD 21208. In mourning at 7902 Brynmor Court (Stevenson Commons), Unit 401, Pikesville, MD 21208, beginning Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., with a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.


On October 27, 2015, ADEL (nee Marmer), beloved wife of the late Ionya Shpigel; loving mother of Mark and Alex Shpigel; devoted sister of the late Klara Marmer and Ilya Marmer; loving grandmother of Benjamin, Daniele, Alan and Julia Shpigel. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, October 28, at 2 p.m. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 12637 Waterspout Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117.


On October 24, 2015, ETHEL B. (nee Bloom), loving wife of the late Theodore M. Levin; devoted mother of Steven Levin and the late Larry Levin; cherished sister of the late Selma Levitt and Ann Glazer; devoted daughter of the late Jacob and Sarah Bloom; adored grandmother of Andrew (Courtney) Levin and Amanda Levin; loving great-grandmother of Julian Levin. Funeral services are private. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers.


On October 24, 2015, JACK, beloved husband of Judy Weinstein (nee Goetz); loving father of Richard & Ellice Weinstein, Robert and Marcy Weinstein, Karen Weinstein and Jonathan and Margaret Weinstein; devoted brother of Murray and Myrna Weinstein, Barbara Work and the late Max, Frances, Malvin, Leslie, Albert and Stanley Weinstein; dear son of the late Lena and Harry Weinstein; loving grandfather of Matthew Weinstein, Amanda and Bobby Connelly, Sarah and Tim Barlow, Joshua Weinstein, Andrea and Michael Stottler, Allison Bukatman, Zach Weinstein and Benjamin Weinstein; adored great-grandfather of Penelope Connelly. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. In mourning at 3440 Associated Way (Weinberg Village-Main Ent. Comm. Rm.), Owings Mills, MD 21117, immediately following funeral service through 4:30 p.m. and continuing at 4412 Prancing Deer Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.