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Posted on: November 12, 2003

Here’s some information from Aaron Rabinowitz’s obituary in the New York Times, April 4, 1973, p. 46

The headline was: “Aaron Rabinowitz is Dead at 89; Pioneed in Housing Development. Chairman of Fred French was Former Governor of Real Estate Board.”

“Aaron Rabinowitz, a pioneer in public and private housing and real estate development died yesterday in Roosevelt Hospital. He was 89 years old and lived at the Westbury Hotel, Madison Avenue at 69th Street, and in Westport, Conn.”

“Chairman since 1937 of the Fred F. French Investing Company, which owns many business and residential properties. Mr. Rabinowitz had also remained active in public affairs. In 1970 he won his last notable public battle as champion for the election of the late Williama D. Wald, the Lower East Side social worker, to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University.”

[Sally Webster writes for Park Service that, “Altogether 11 women have been elected to the Hall of Fame, although only 10 have been commemorated by bronze likenesses: Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1915, Artists, Musicians, Actors); Harriet Beecher Stowe (1910, Authors); Maria Mitchell (1905, Scientists); Mary Lyon (1905), Alice Freeman Palmer (1920), Emma Willard (1905) (Educators); Jane Addams (1965), Susan B. Anthony (1950), Lillian D. Wald (1970), and Frances E. Willard (1915) (Humanitarians). As
noted earlier, the 11th, Clara Barton, who was elected in 1976 in the humanitarian category, has yet to be commemorated by a bust portrait.” There’s a great online exhibit about Lilian Wald at the Jewish Women’s Archive]

“Mr. Rabinowitz, who came here with his parents from Russia in 1884, grew up on the old Lower East Side and played a decisive part in the rebuilding of the new one.”

“Mr. Rabinowitz received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College, from the Jewish Theological Seminary, to which he and former Judge Simon H. Rifkind contributed a lectureship in ethics and law, and from Juniata College.”

“Surviving are his widow, the former Clara Greenhut, whom he married in 1921; a son, Alan; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Sheffer and Mrs. Susan R. Malloy; his brothers, Leon R. Spear and Maurice R. Spear; a sister, Mrs. Felicia Newman, and nine grandchildren.”

AR’s office at the Fred F. French building has been put back together at the Andover Library at the Harvard Divinity School.


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