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Tobin, Roslyn Elise March 28, 1922 - December 1, 2012 Roslyn Elise Tobin, nee Davidoff, died December 1st in Portland, Oregon, at the age of 90. Roz was born March 28th, 1922 in Stamford, Connecticut to Harry and Bess Davidoff. She grew up there with her two sisters, Shirley Rodkin and Zelda Feinstein, who now lives in Saint Louis. She attended Stamford High School and the Stamford Hospital School of Nursing. Upon graduation in 1943 she enlisted as an officer in the US Army Air Force and spent three years stationed as a flight nurse in Britain, Guam, and Hawaii. In 1946 she married Donald Francis Tobin of Greenwich, Connecticut, whom she had known in High School, and moved to Los Angeles, where Donald died in 1991. For the last three years Roz had been living with her daughter, Karen, at her home in Portland. Roz was a champion tennis player. She captained the boy's tennis team at Stamford High School and in 1938-41 she won several regional tournaments in Singles and Mixed Doubles. She was a member of the Junior Whiteman Cup Team, and was ranked nationally. Though the war ended her tennis career, she continued to play recreationally into her fifties, playing Doubles and Mixed Doubles in local tournaments. Roz was an all-around athlete. She played golf and could juggle. Famously, Roz could let out her breath and walk the length along the bottom of a swimming pool. In the 1960's, Roz worked in a pharmacy, and then privately for Doctors Fred Feldman and H. Steinberg in Beverly Hills. Roz worked for UCLA student health as a Nurse Practitioner from 1969-1994. She continued to work in the medical office of Pauley Pavilion at UCLA until she was 83 years old. Roz was known for her kindness and support, for her nurturing of soldiers, students, and athletes, and she has been recognized as such in countless tributes. Throughout her life Roz received cards, notes, and tokens from those whose wounds she had nursed, those whom she had otherwise aided, or simply those who had been touched by her generosity and warm heart. Roz is survived by a family who feels equally grateful to have had her in their lives: her sister Zelda Feinstein; her daughters Leslie Tobin Bacon and Karen Tobin; her grandchildren Maxwell Tobin Shubin, Nicholas Tobin Roth, and Madelyn Tobin-Shubin; and her great-granddaughter, Annorah Jane Shubin.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013
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