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In recognition of her contributions to the community and the social work profession, Fran Freedman received the Social Work Image Award from the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She serves as deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Fran previously was a senior vice president at Lighthouse International, an organization that helps reduce vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment, and an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She also received Columbia’s Alumni Medal for distinguished service. In 1961, after Phyllis Richman applied to graduate school at Harvard, she received a letter from faculty member William A. Doebele Jr., who wondered how she would balance a career in city planning with her “responsibilities” to her husband and possible future family. Fifty-two years later, following an award-winning career as a food critic at The Washington Post, she wrote a response to Doebele, which she shared with Post readers. See Richman’s letter to Doebele at Ron Carner has been involved with Maccabi USA and the Maccabiah Games since 1986. From 2001-10, he served as vice president of Maccabi World Union, which organizes the Maccabiah Games in Israel every four years, and in 2009 received the group’s Yakir Award for lifetime achievement. Ron has been president of Maccabi USA for the past four years. His name and picture were added to the Wall of Distinction at James Madison High School, his alma mater, in Brooklyn. John Dartigue completed a book about his mother’s life, “Forging Ahead: Recollections of the Life and Times of Esther Dartigue,” partly based on an account she left behind when she died in 2003. The book serves as a companion piece to the volume Esther wrote about John’s father, “An Outstanding Haitian, Maurice Dartigue.”


GAME TIME: At the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel last summer, Brandeis was well represented by Ron Carner ’61, president of Maccabi USA; volleyball players Yael Einhorn ’14, Becca Fischer ’13 and Jenna Polinsky ’06; and Walt 
Klores ’61, secretary of Maccabi USA.

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