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Marvin Solit

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Age 75, of Cambridge, MA died on Friday, December 29, 2006, 8 months after the passing of his beloved wife Harriet. A native of the Bronx, he graduated as an osteopath from the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery (now Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences) in the late 1950s. He was also an early student of Ida Rolf, the founder of Structural Integration (Rolfing). A pioneer in holistic thinking, he founded New Englands first Holistic Health Center in 1966, now known as the Foundation for New Directions. Over these many years he worked closely with dear friends Jean LeVaux, Alan Fincke, Anya Olson, David Pap and many others, to build a working Community which integrated research, professional and personal exploration, and healing. Dr. Solit's wider communities of interest included the Synergetics Collaborative (Buckminster Fuller), the Cambridge Philomorphs (Arthur Loeb), the Rolfing Institute, the study of biology and evolution with Dr. Lynn Margulis, the physics of Dr. William Day, whose book "A New Physics" the Foundation published, and the geometry of Vladimir Ginzburg. He developed innovative math and science educational materials, co-writing and publishing Exploring Math with Root Blocks with Charles Letovsky and son Matthew Adlai-Gail. An avid walker and life-long swimmer, he will be remembered for his playful nature and tireless pursuit of interconnectedness. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Matthew & Wendy Adlai-Gail, and 3 adored grandchildren David, Becca and Rachel, all of Princeton Jct., NJ; sister and brother-in-law, Gail & Irwin Greenberg of Suffern, NY; and brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Roberta Solit of Potomac, MD. There will be a potluck dinner gathering to remember Marvin on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at 6 PM at the Foundation, 93 Belmont St. Cambridge, MA 617-547-6621, fnd82aol.com. There will also be a day-long celebration of Marvins life and work at a date to be announced (www.fnd.org). Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors www.brezniakrodman.com 617-969-0800
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