Class of 1956
- Leona Feldman Curhan
Rabbi Bernie Frank ’55, P’81, P’84, P’92, shares the sad news of the death of his wife of 58 years, Toby Frank, P’81, P’84, P’92 (see In Memoriam): “I am sorry to have to inform you of Toby’s demise after years of being sick with Alzheimer’s. The last four to five were the toughest. She died on March 1 at 11:22 p.m. I was holding her hand and talking to her, telling her that I was with her and would always be ‘her Bernie.’ It was then that she died as her hand loosened her grip. She was as beautiful as the day I met her. I love her so much.” Tania Grossinger wrote a Huffington Post essay about her friendship with Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to integrate Major League Baseball and the subject of the movie “42.” As a 13-year-old, Tania met Jackie at Grossinger’s, the famous resort hotel owned by her family in New York’s Catskill Mountains, where they played Ping-Pong and he invited her to be his friend. She recently wrote an illustrated children’s book about her relationship with Robinson, “Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship.” In her Huffington Post essay, she shared a letter that Robinson wrote her while she was a Brandeis student following a fire at Grossinger’s that killed many staff members:
I was so shocked about the tragedy and I can only imagine how terrible you must feel. I immediately interrupted spring training to write and tell you how much you are in my thoughts. At least we can thank God that there were others who were lucky. Tania, I hope nothing ever changes your ideas about God and his doing. I know how horrible it was and sometimes when disaster strikes near we want to question but, Tania dear, we must always understand. Please, for my sake, try.