Dan Karsch, longtime Tucson doctor and community activist, dies at 78

dan_karsch-_tom_newman_large_obitAt left, Daniel Karsch (left) and Tom Newman, former partners in Old Pueblo Urology, during a visit Karsch and his wife, Carol, made to Tucson from Israel in February 2020. At right, Karsch and Newman co-host 'The Plumber's Ball' in 1974. (Courtesy Carol Karsch)

Daniel Nathan Karsch, M.D., 78, died of cancer on July 23, 2020. Dan was born in Philadelphia to Lil and Joe Karsch and grew up in the large Jewish neighborhood of Wynnefield, centered around Har Zion Temple, Jewish schools, synagogues, and Camp Ramah. A graduate of Ursinus College and Jefferson… Read more »

Jone Hughes

Jone Koran Hughes, 89, formerly of Tucson, died July 7, 2020. She was born in New York City to John J. Koran and Matilda Lutcha Koran. Jone survived polio as a child and carried a disability her whole life. The first in her family to earn a degree, from… Read more »

Terri Freed


Terri L. Freed, 73, of Green Valley, died Aug. 1, 2020 from complications of pancreatic cancer. Terri was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, lived much of her adult life in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and relocated to Green Valley in 2007 along with several members of her family for her… Read more »

Abraham Lackow

Abraham Lackow, 93, died July 11, 2020. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 14, 1926. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and graduated from Brooklyn College as a biology major after his service. He served as a docent at the… Read more »

Marc Cohen

Marc Peter Cohen, 66, died Aug. 14, 2020 after a brave fight with cancer. Born in the Bronx, New York, he was preceded in death by his mother, Ray; his father, Saul; and his sister, Paula. Marc worked for many years in the transportation department of Tucson Unified School… Read more »

Arthur Goldberg

Arthur M. Goldberg, M.D., died July 27, 2020, just prior to his 86th birthday. Arthur was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he had been a resident of Tucson for over 50 years. Arthur was a caring and compassionate doctor to thousands of his patients in Southern Arizona.… Read more »

Morton Sadowsky


Morton “Mort” Alan Sadowsky, 86, died Aug. 10, 2020. Mort was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irving and Marcine Sadowsky and moved to Tucson when he was 7. A successful businessman, Mort was known for his quick wit and his love of family and friends Survivors include his… Read more »

Gertrude Shankman, longtime resident at Handmaker, dies at 105


Gertrude A. Shankman, 105, died July 24, 2020. Gertrude was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York. She was a longtime resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, where students from Tucson Hebrew Academy had visited to celebrate her birthday ever year since she turned 100. “As… Read more »

Claire Amigo

Claire Amigo, 86, died Aug. 17, 2020. Claire was born Feb. 14, 1934, to Meyer and Dora Bergman. She had two sisters, Cecile and Helen. She spent her childhood in the Bronx and moved to Queens when Lois, her daughter, was born. Claire and her husband, Al, later moved… Read more »

Arthur Rotstein

Arthur H. Rotstein, 74, a longtime journalist who was passionate about the pursuit of truth and freedom of the press, died July 20, 2020 of COVID-19. Mr. Rotstein was a Chicago native who earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and his master’s in journalism… Read more »

Myles Levine

Myles Elliott Levine, 72, died May 7, 2020. Mr. Levine was born in Milwaukee. He received a doctorate in business ethics from the University of Chicago, and taught business ethics to car dealers. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Karen Suzanne Levine, children, Michael Levine of North Carolina… Read more »

Ruth Kolker

Ruth Kolker, 78, died July 13, 2020 of complications of ovarian cancer. Mrs. Kolker was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Tucson in 1968 with her family.  She was involved with many charitable organizations, including serving on the board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services for three… Read more »

Phyllis Becker

Phyllis (Weinberg) Becker, 78, died June 28, 2020. Mrs. Becker was born May 26, 1942 in Bronx, New York, to Aaron and Eva Weinberg. She graduated from Columbus High School. She completed a three-year nursing program at Beth Israel Hospital where she met her husband of 54 years, Burt.… Read more »

Audrey Simon

Audrey Faye Rubenstein Simon, 97, died July 3, 2020. Born in St. Louis on June 29, 1923, Mrs. Simon grew up in, Steubenville, Ohio, where she graduated high school. She earned her bachelor of arts degree at University of Michigan in 1944 and moved with her family (parents, Lew… Read more »

Susan Tobin

Susan (“Sue”) Rae Tobin, 89, died July 1, 2020. Born in Hackensack to Adeline and Sam Cohen, and raised in Passaic, Mrs. Tobin was proud of her New Jersey roots. She delighted in being a kindergarten/first grade teacher until she switched careers to full-time mother. As young parents, she… Read more »

Walter Feiger

Walter Feiger, 92, died June 25, 2020. Born in Krakow, Poland, Mr. Feiger was a Holocaust survivor. He moved to Tucson in 1970 and shared the story of his experiences with numerous audiences, including readers of the AJP (see Mr. Feiger was preceded in death by his daughter,… Read more »

Frances Silver

Frances Silver, 94, died June 23, 2020. Mrs. Silver was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 8, 1926 to Charles and Minnie Granat. She moved to Tucson in 1966. She had a long career as a teacher at Whitmore Elementary school. She was a member of Hadassah, which… Read more »

Harriet Gillman

Harriet Natalie Gillman, 93, of Chicago, died June 23, 2020. Mrs. Gillman was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Charles Gillman. Together they spent many winters in Tucson. Known for her patience and commitment to family, she taught them how to be a mensch. Survivors include her children,… Read more »

Charles Gillman

Charles “Eddie” Gillman, 93, of Chicago, died June 13, 2020. Mr. Gillman, known as “Fast Eddie,” was a Navy war veteran of World War II who enlisted at age 17. Taught by his Uncle Joe Peven, he started a company in 1955 that remains a family business that serves… Read more »

Marcia Light

Marcia Silberman Light, 71, died June 13, 2020 after a short battle with acute myeloid leukemia, just two days shy of her 51st wedding anniversary. Mrs. Light was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, the oldest daughter of Arthur and Shirley Silberman. She attended Belleville Township High School and… Read more »