On September 8, 2016, Samuel Rus, beloved husband of the late Bluma Rus (nee Guterman); devoted father of Leonard (Roz) Rus, Mayer Rus and Lisa (Richard) Gerber; loving grandfather of Barret Rus, Janna Rus and Jonah Gerber. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. Interment at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery, Randallstown. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201 or Jewish Federation of Howard County 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy # 400 Columbia, MD 21044. In mourning at 15 Cornfield Court, Reisterstown, MD 21136, Sunday following interment and Monday after 12 p.m., then continuing at 6443 Dry Barley Lane, Columbia MD 21045 Tuesday after 12 p.m.
On September 8, 2016, Richard “Dick” Newman; beloved husband of Gayle Newman (nee Harad); devoted step-father of Cantor Stuart Binder, Heidi (Alan) Hoffman and Bryan (Dr. Susan) Binder; dear brother of the late Albert and Florence; loving son of the late David and Elizabeth Newman; adoring grandfather of Brandon, Andrew and Morgan Hoffman, Hannah, Lillie, Zachary and Reese Binder; also survived by other loving family and many dear friends. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Sunday, September 11, at 12 p.m. Interment at Jewish Community Cemetery, Wilmington, DE. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to The National Stem Cell Foundation, 462 S. 4th Street-Ste 1230, Louisville, Ky 40202. In mourning at 8612 Snowreath Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, Sunday, 6-9 p.m. and Monday, 1-9 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.
On September 8, 2016, Beatrice Caplan (nee Herbst), devoted wife of the late Melvin Caplan; loving mother of Roger (Patti) Caplan and Faye (Edward) Miller; beloved grandmother of Allison Caplan, Joanna Miller (Roger) Dausman and the late Scott Caplan and Michelle Miller; dear great-grandmother of Tate Dausman. Funeral services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Scott Caplan Entrepreneurial Education Foundation, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD 21044 or the Michelle Allison Miller Scholarship Fund, 2300 Plover Springs Drive, Plover, WI 54467.
Dr. Joyce Kaufman (née Jacobson), a most distinguished member of modern science’s elite, succumbed to congestive heart failure Aug. 26. Kaufman spent the vast majority of her 87 years in Baltimore and left an indelible mark during her extensive time at Johns Hopkins as well as in the global scientific community at large.
“She just forged ahead,” lifelong friend and colleague Dr. Ruth Aranow said of Kaufman’s unflappable vigor that would not be squelched by health or systemic gender constraints.
Despite the fact that at the young age of 8, she was invited to attend a Johns Hopkins summer course for children gifted in science and math, Kaufman was denied math her senior year at Forest Park High School because “it was not fitting for girls to do so,” as daughter Rabbi Jan Caryl Kaufman recounted during her eulogy given on Aug. 28.
A “child prodigy,” according to Aranow’s own eulogy, Kaufman skipped a grade in elementary school and graduated from accelerated junior high school No. 49 before moving onto Forest Park.
When Kaufman was admitted as an undergraduate to Johns Hopkins University in the spring of 1945, she was designated a “special student.” Women would not be granted “regular student” status at the prestigious institution until 1970. Of the eight women matriculated into Johns Hopkins with a concentration in science or engineering, Kaufman was one of only two who graduated.
Though she would later go on to produce groundbreaking work in scientific endeavors ranging from rocket fuel to drug design to quantum physics to some of the earliest applications of computer technology in the field of chemistry, Kaufman did not receive her Phi Beta Kappa certification when she was presented with her bachelor’s degree in 1949. The award, which could not at the time be given to “special students,” was not bestowed upon Kaufman until she earned her Ph.D. from Hopkins in 1960.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., to Robert and Sarah Seldin Jacobson on June 21, 1929, Kaufman moved with her mother to Baltimore, where they would live with her maternal grandparents, subsequent to her parents’ separation in 1935.
Kaufman would come to age in a traditionally Jewish home, raised in part by her mother’s new husband, roofer and erstwhile halutz in Palestine, Abe Deutch. Married to Kaufman’s mother in 1940, Deutch doted upon Kaufman as a daughter of his own.
Before she was 10 years old, Kaufman knew she was destined to be a scientist, inspired by a Marie Curie biography and an enduring passion that consumed her after time spent at camp.
“Like me, my mother [wasn’t] so outdoorsy in terms of sports or hot weather,” Jan mused in her eulogy. “But she, unlike me, love[d] nature, and that was her favorite part of camp. She was very curious about how the world worked scientifically.”
Kaufman met her first husband, WWII veteran and engineering student Stanley Kaufman, while finishing her undergraduate studies at Hopkins. They married in 1948. Previous to the birth of their only child, Jan, in 1955, recent university grad Kaufman worked as a technical librarian and research chemist at Edgewood, Maryland’s Army Chemical Center.
Throughout this period, Kaufman took graduate courses every semester through the University of Maryland’s extension program. The long commute (which included a fair amount of necessary hitchhiking), school and work hours had a deleterious effect on the health of Kaufman, who became quite ill and at one point diminished in weight to a frightening 98 pounds.
As an alternative, Kaufman rejoined her undergraduate professor, the esteemed Dr. Walter Koski, at Hopkins in 1952 in order to work in his lab throughout her pregnancy and an unhampered progression of graduate-level study that led her to taking courses in quantum physics each term.
“She told me she had morning sickness during her class,” Jan recalled in her eulogy, adding that one of her mother’s professors was “terrified I would be born during the exam … But, I waited.”
Kaufman “did very well in class,” Jan affirmed.
Upon earning her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1960, Kaufman took on a role at the Research Institute for Advanced Studies at the Martin Marietta Company. She stayed for nine years, launching what would become an illustrious and internationally based career that included the co-founding of the Journal of Computational Chemistry, the publication of more than 300 papers, an associate professorship of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins and “work in drug and cancer research [that] saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” according to her daughter’s eulogy.
Among her many awards and recognitions, including the 1973 Garvan Medical Award given by the American Chemical Society to distinguished women chemists, Kaufman received an honorary doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1963 after a year spent as an exchange scientist at the renown academy in 1962. Kaufman was pronounced une dame chevalière of France in 1969.
“Her lore is that when we first lived in Paris, her research group went out to lunch every day and they told my mother she would get an honorary degree if she drank her share of wine and didn’t speak any English at lunch,” Jan quipped in her eulogy.
“Just let me point out that to have a mother who worked on psychotropic drugs in 1969, need I say more? My friends thought I had a way cool mother. She even wore shorts in public.”
According to Aranow, whose own life path often crisscrossed her late friend’s and is now an academic adviser in the School of Arts & Sciences at Hopkins, the principle connection she had with Kaufman was their both being women in science at a time when such an accomplishment was rare.
Though Kaufman was a woman who “said it straight and took crap from no one,” in the words of her daughter, Aranow asserts that Kaufman and she thought little of their breaking of science’s glass ceiling at the time, being too engaged in their work to consider much else.
“Both of us didn’t think too much about it,” Aranow said. “We just did what we wanted to do.”
Kaufman’s work and life became a major inspiration to other scientists and women, many of whom never met the innovator, as evidenced by the outpouring of letters Kaufman’s family has received since her passing.
Jan shattered similar glass ceilings when, in 1979, she became one of the first female rabbis in the United States and one of the first three women to be inducted into the Conservative rabbinate.
It was 25 years ago that Kaufman was struck down by a tragic stroke that left her incapable of continuing her life’s work. Her colleague, mentor and friend Koski — “a brilliant man,” Jan said, who had been part of the Manhattan Project — would complete the last of Kaufman’s papers and remain an integral part of her life as second husband after she was divorced from Stanley in 1982.
Right to the end, Jan proudly declared as the conclusion to her rousing eulogy, Kaufman “did it her way.”
Kaufman was preceded in death by Koski five years ago and is survived by daughter Jan and Koski’s daughters Dr. Carol Lee Koski, Dr. Ann Boyle, Nancy Koski and Dr. Phyllis Meyer.
On September 2, 2016, Douglas William Bell; beloved son of Corinne (nee O’Connor) and Stuart B. Bell, M.D.; cherished brother of Alexis Bell Sriram (Ram Sivaprakasam) and David R. Bell (Stephanie A. Bell); loving uncle of Sidney R. Bell; dear nephew of Craig C. O’Connor and Leslie A. Burstein. Also survived by many cousins. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, September 11, at 9 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Make A Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, 9475 Deereco Road, #306, Timonium, MD 21093.
On September 6, 2016, Steven Jay Beerman; dear brother of Lisa (Marc) Singer; loving uncle of Eric Singer and Scott (Ali) Singer; beloved nephew of Jan and Stuart Braunstein and Sharon and Joel Marchanti; adored son of the late Barbara and Sheldon Beerman; also survived by the the loving and supportive Chimes, Inc. community. Funeral services and interment will be held at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane on Friday, September 9, at 10 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Chimes Foundation, 4814 Seton Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. The family will be receiving at 6608 Amleigh Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, Friday only, beginning at 1 p.m.
On September 7, 2016, Sue Wolf (nee Gold); former wife of Eli Wolf; cherished mother of Ben Wolf, Leigh Wolf, Kelly (Chaim) Yudkowsky and Josh (Ahuva) Wolf; devoted sister of the late Ann Spahn; loving grandmother of Ari Wolf, Adeena (Zevie) Polsky, Avi Yudkowsky (Gayil Rabi), Avigayil (Uriel) Young, Moshe Yudkowsky, Chana Yudkowsky, Levi Wolf, Racheli Wolf, Temima Wolf, Benny Wolf and Yisroel Asher Wolf; adoring great-grandmother of Sari Polsky and Akiva Uriel Polsky. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, September 7, at 4 p.m. Interment at Agudath Israel Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Hatzalah of Baltimore, c/o Heyman, 4014 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore, MD 21215 or Jewish Caring Network, 122 Slade Ave., Suite 100A, Baltimore, MD 21208 or Bikur Cholim of Baltimore, 2808 Steele Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. In mourning at 6220 Benhurst Road, Baltimore, MD 21209, with Ma’ariv services on Wednesday at 9 p.m., Thursday with Shacharis at 7 a.m. and Mincha-Ma’ariv at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 a.m. and Mincha at 2 p.m., Sunday at 8 a.m. and 6:55 p.m., Monday at 7 a.m. and 6:55 p.m., and Tuesday at 7 a.m.
On September 2, 2016, Annette Weiner (nee Friedman); beloved wife of the late William Weiner; loving mother of Michele Weiner Lockman and Dr. Fran Weiner (Dr. Bill) Taub; devoted sister of the late Ada Dashoff Polovoy, Helen Bloom, Rosalie Kreitzer and Sidney Friedman; beloved daughter of the late Rae and Albert Friedman; loving grandmother of Ryan (Lauren) Lockman, Benjamin Lockman, Sara Taub and Becca Taub. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, September 4, at 11 a.m. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 4001 Old Court Road, Apt 311 (Pavilion in the Park), Baltimore, MD 21208.
On September 1, 2016, Carol Steinhardt (nee Stern); beloved wife of the late Gunther Steinhardt; devoted mother of Michael (Barbara) Steinhardt and Linda (Anthony) Katz; loving sister of the late Hilda Cohen; dear sister-in-law of Werner Cohen; cherished grandmother of Jason (Tina) Steinhardt, Jenifer (Craig) Hollander, Shauna (Michael) Slavin, Heather (Ben) Friedman and Faryl (Matthew) Millman; adored daughter of the late Meyer and Hedwig Stern. Services were held out of town. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093 or American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236. In mourning at 11010 Valley Heights Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117, Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m.
On August 31, 2016, Libby P. Kaufman (nee Postoff), devoted wife of Robert Thomas Kaufman; beloved mother of Caryn (Michael) Lasser and Joel (Nancy) Kaufman; cherished sister of Sharon (Marvin) Smelkinson; adored grandmother of Jeffrey, Phillip and Ricky Lasser, and Steven, Stacey and Scott Kaufman; dear daughter of the late Rebecca and Joseph Postoff. Funeral services will be held at Riderwood Village Chapel, 3110 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904 on Monday, September 5, at 1 p.m. Interment at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church VA. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Jewish National Fund, 2 Reservoir Circle, Suite 203, Baltimore, MD 21208 or Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093. In mourning at 3124 Gracefield Road Apartment KC-216 (Riderwood Village Montgomery Station), Silver Spring, MD 20904, on Monday, then continuing Tuesday and Wednesday at 6504 Drifting Cloud Mews, Clarksville, MD 21029 with services at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.