Tomorrow I will resume blogging on more or less my regular schedule. When I announced that I was taking a break for personal reasons, a number of friends and readers expressed concern. The absence was occasioned by the death of my mother, Annette K. Dorf. At her funeral I read a eulogy that my sister and I wrote together, which contained various personal remembrances. Here I thought it appropriate to say something somewhat less personal but still more expansive than the official obituary.
Born an only child during the Great Depression, my mother's own father, Louis Kaplan, died when she was a young adolescent. She was raised by my remarkable grandmother, Sadye Kaplan, who owned a toy store and was later a bookkeeper. Grandma and mom were quite devoted to one another, and much of my grandmother’s spirit lived on in my mother.
As an adult, mom was passionate about learning and teaching. After a year at Brooklyn College, she transferred to Brandeis University, then in its very early years but already an intellectual hotbed. She earned her BA from Brandeis (where she was retroactively elected to Phi Beta Kappa fifty years later, when Brandeis started a chapter), and then received her Masters in history from Columbia, writing her thesis on the New York slave conspiracy of 1741.
She married my father, Stanley Dorf, and worked for most of her adult life as a high school teacher of history and other subjects in the New York City public schools, meanwhile lovingly raising me and my older sister, Laura Dorf Queller, in the house on Long Island where our father still resides. Up until the end, mom doted on her five grandchildren, read voraciously and frequently attended lectures, operas and concerts. She was en route to one such concert when she collapsed. Today would have been her 80th birthday.
Bless all of you, Mike.ReplyDelete
Sorry to learn of your loss, Mike. Your mother does, not surprisingly, sound like a remarkable and inspirational person. Thanks for movingly introducing us to her.ReplyDelete
She earned her BA from Brandeis (where she was retroactively elected to Phi Beta Kappa fifty years later, when Brandeis started a chapter), and then received her Masters in history from Columbia, writing her thesis on the New York slave conspiracy of 1741.Buy FUT 14 CoinsReplyDelete
Very awesome post , i am really impressed with it a lot
فوائد زيت السمسم
صور يوم الجمعه
Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.ReplyDelete
thanks so much for that great blog and thanks also for accepting my links thanksReplyDelete
طريقة عمل الدونات طريقة عمل البان كيك طريقة عمل الكنافة طريقة عمل البسبوسة طريقة عمل الكيك طريقة عمل عجينة البيتزا فوائد القرفه
thanks so much i like very so much your post
حلى الاوريو الفطر الهندي صور تورته حلى قهوه طريقة عمل السينابون طريقة عمل بلح الشام بيتزا هت كيكة الزبادي حلا سهل صور كيك عجينة العشر دقائق