Bernard Olshansky, Ph.D.’61, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., a leader in the Jewish community in Boston, New York and Cleveland, died on Dec. 1, 2010. He worked in leadership positions for the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland from 1964 to 1970 before serving as executive director and chief operating officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston for 11 years. He later spent nine years as senior associate vice president for the Council of Jewish Federations in New York. A longtime supporter of Brandeis, he, with his wife, Rena ’56, a Brandeis trustee emerita, established the Bernard ’61 and Rena J. ’56 Olshansky Prize in Jewish Communal Service at the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He also made a generous gift to the National Women’s Committee (now Brandeis National Committee) in memory of his late wife, Nancy, who died in 1997. In addition to his wife, Rena, he leaves two daughters, Judith ’78 and Susan, M.A.’78; a son, Kenneth; a stepdaughter, Cathy ’79; two stepsons, Stuart and David; and a sister, Muriel.

James Childress, Ph.D.’61,
of Wyomissing, Pa., a physicist, died on Nov. 30, 2010. He worked in research and development and memory systems for Lincoln Laboratories, NASA and the Electronic Research Center in Cambridge, Mass. He also taught at Louisiana State University. He leaves his wife, Joan; two sisters, Sara and Barbara; and a brother.

Jeremiah McCarthy ’62 of Needham and Oak Bluffs, Mass., a popular and charismatic teacher for 43 years, died on Nov. 29, 2010. He leaves his wife, Jean.

Janett Trubatch, M.A.’64, Ph.D.’68,
of Chicago, the first woman to receive a doctorate in physics from Brandeis, died Oct. 26, 2010. She was once featured on the cover of Parade magazine for a story about women who shared the dream of becoming astronauts. A highly accomplished higher-education administrator, she was vice provost for research and professor of biology at Roosevelt University in Chicago at the time of her death. She served as vice provost for graduate studies, research and outreach at the University of Rhode Island for five years before going to Roosevelt. She also held senior positions at the University of Alaska in Anchorage; Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee; and the University of Chicago.

David A. Berkowitz ’65
of Newton, Mass., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice and at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, died on Oct. 28, 2010. He leaves his wife, Linda; a son, Joshua; a daughter, Jessica; two brothers, Paul and Bob; and a grandson, Nathan.

Massachusetts District Court Judge Jonathan Brant ’68, a lawyer known for his pioneering work in cases involving the medical rights of the young, elderly and mentally challenged, died of brain cancer on Nov. 29, 2010, in Newton, Mass. He had continued to hear cases until late October, days before entering a hospice. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1971, he spent 21 years as a practicing attorney and served as an associate professor at New England School of Law before being appointed to the Cambridge District Court bench in 1992. Described by colleagues as an “active listener” on the bench who worked to put jurors, litigants and court personnel at ease, Brant filled gaps 
in his schedule by providing training and conducting a literature class for inmates. He served as president of Brandeis’ Greater Boston Alumni Club. A great admirer of Louis D. Brandeis, he developed a Boston-area walking tour, “In the Footsteps of Louis D. Brandeis,” as part of the university’s commemoration of the justice’s 150th birthday, and helped organize an on-campus Brandeis Celebrates Brandeis program in 2009. He also served on a panel on the legacy of Louis Brandeis at the 2006 Alumni Leadership Retreat. He leaves his wife, Renee ’68; a daughter, Simone; a son, Justin; and a brother, Saul.

Elizabeth (Sweeny) Harvey, M.A.’65, Ph.D.’68, of Hingham, Mass., who conducted clinical research on birth defects at Massachusetts General Hospital for many years, died on Jan. 10 after a seven-year struggle against lung cancer. She leaves a daughter, Mary Ellen; a son, David; a sister, Joan; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 30 years, Marshall, died in 2004.