Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

In Memoriam

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Leonard Beerman, longtime TWS member, founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, and a well-known advocate for civil rights, nuclear disarmament, and interfaith dialogue, died 24 December 2014 at age 93. A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, he joined the Marines at the start of World War II. While studying for the rabbinate in the mid-1940s, he lived in Jerusalem and joined the Jewish underground army known as the Haganah. According to an obituary by Kurt Streeter, in the Los Angeles Times, "Those experiences made him an ardent pacifist, almost unthinkable for a Jew in the years just after the Holocaust." In a Times profile published one month before his death, Rabbi Beerman told Streeter, "I became a pacifist because of what I had seen.... People transformed to just hating, hating, hating. It is no way for humankind to live."

Frank Brunetto, 85, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, died on 6 February 2015. He served with the US Army during the Korean War, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Montclair State University in 1951, a master's degree in counseling and guidance from Columbia University in 1956, and a professional diploma in counseling psychology from Columbia. He was the Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the River Dell Regional School District, retiring in 1989. He had also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Woodbridge State Development Center. In addition to his many years as a member of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Mr. Brunetto was president of the Mencken Society from 2002 to 2004. He was preceded in death by a son, and he is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Rose Brunetto, a son, two grandsons, and two great-granddaughters.

Tina D. Gambrell, of Greenville, South Carolina, died 7 September 2015 at age 92. Born Tina Dunn in Knoxville, Tennessee, she was a charter member of the Thomas Wolfe Society and widow of Wolfe's nephew David Wardlaw Gambrell, whom she married in 1955. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, where she was a preschool teacher. Her family writes of her: "During her life she enjoyed the outdoors, motor trips, and was a vegetarian. …

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