« Congrats to Paul!!! | Main | Acknowledging What Harvard Law Owes to Slaves »

Monday, April 20, 2009

Deaths and death.

Today is officially the publication date of my new book with Ethan and Jennifer but the publisher's selection of this date is not especially auspicious so I'll share some exciting news about that later in the week. 

It's not just Hitler's birthday; weirdly enough, it's also Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is not always the same day--this year it's kind of flukey that they coincide. But in service to the special day, let me point you to some of the extraordinary stories over on Volokh by David Bernstein and Orin Kerr related to the Shoah.

I was supposed to be co-officiating at a Yom HaShoah remembrance this evening in Tallahassee at my local shul, but I had to withdraw because of sad news closer to home and closer to now. After a full and blessed life, my wonderful grandmother, Helen Lapidus Isakson, died at the age of 95 the other day, so I'm now in Montreal for the funeral and the beginning of the shiva period. The obituary notice appears after the jump. I'll probably have some more to share about the life of this extraordinary woman later on this week. May her memory be a blessing and inspiration as mighty as her life was.
ISAKSON, Helen (nee Lapidus). In Toronto, on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the age of 95. Beloved wife of the late Samuel Isakson and the late Maurice Caplan, both of Montreal. Beloved mother of Robert and Carolyn Isakson of West Hartford, CT, Ruth (Isakson) and Phil Markel of Toronto. Cherished and adored grandmother of Aubrey Isakson, Loren and Yardena Isakson, Shelly Markel and Ian Freedman, Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson. Great grandmother of Michal, Ari, Roni, and Shireen. Treasured sister of Lazar Lapidus, Harry Lapidus, the late Edith Fagin and the late Esther Zvi. Helen’s devotion to her children was boundless. Widowed at 39 years of age, she dedicated her life and love to their welfare, education and spiritual well-being. She later remarried at 60 years of age to Maurice Caplan. Helen had an extensive network of friendships, all of whom were touched by her positive inspiration. She was a committed lifetime member of the Pioneer Women of Canada and Hadassah. Helen was an avid supporter of Israel and local community charities. She was President of Allure Sportswear Company from 1954-1977. The family wishes to thank Gean Evans and Dorothy Hodgson for their exceptional and compassionate care that was given to Helen, and to express their appreciation to the Baycrest staff. Funeral service from Paperman & Sons, 3888 Jean Talon St. W., on Tuesday, April 21 at 3:00 p.m. Burial at the Adath Yeshurin Congregation Section, Back River Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Berri St. Shiva at 5720 Rembrandt Ave. #301, Cote St. Luc, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. daily. Contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to the Baycrest Foundation, 1-800-223-2087, or to the Canadian or American Alzheimer societies. 

Posted by Administrators on April 20, 2009 at 10:01 PM in Dan Markel | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Deaths and death.:


Condolences, Dan, and commendations on a long life well-lived.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Apr 21, 2009 10:43:24 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.