Rozelle Rosenthal Kahn

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MRS. ROZELLE ROSENTHAL KAHN, 94, died peacefully at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren on January 3, 2008. Mrs. Kahn was born in Dallas in 1913 to Abe and Lena Rosenthal. After graduating from the University of Texas magna cum laude, she began a remarkable life of service, working as a social worker during the Depression and as a Jewish educator and assistant to Rabbi David Lefkowitz at Temple Emanu El in Dallas. In 1939, Rozelle Rosenthal met Rabbi Robert I. Kahn; they married in 1940 and made their home in Houston. They were a superb model of a loving partnership, which was evident to all who knew them. For over six decades, they were an indispensable part of the community. Mrs. Kahn served as president of the Houston chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women. She was a Cub Scout den mother. She served on the Boards of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, Jewish Family Service, Hadassah, B'Nai B'rith Women, Women of Rotary, Sheltering Arms, the Jewish Community Center, the Women's Public Relations Council of St. Joseph Hospital, and Brandeis University Women. She served as chair of the Interfaith Workshop, was the founding chair of the JCC's Book Fair, and was celebrated for her insightful and engaging book reviews. She was honored by the American Jewish Committee as a Woman of Distinction and was honored together with Rabbi Kahn by the American Jewish Committee with the prestigious Max Nathan Award. Her intelligence, grace, sense of humor, compassion, devotion, loyalty, and astounding memory of everyone she met were assets that became part of her own and her husband's welcome presence in their every endeavor. Mrs. Kahn was predeceased by her brother, Alfred, her sisters-in-law Joyce Kahn and Ruth Kobart, and her husband after 62 years of marriage; she is survived by her children Alfred and Betty Duson Kahn, Edward and Susan Kahn, Sharon Kahn and partner Peggy Stamy, her beloved grandchildren Jennifer Dunn-Kahn and partner Karin Dunn-Kahn, Matthew Kahn, and Andy Kahn, and brother-in-law and sister-in law Howard and Zelia Kahn. Her family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Dr. Richard Jackson, long-time caregivers Nelia Delarriva, Sandra Clark, and Salome Medlock, and Houston Hospice for their loving and devoted care. Mrs. Kahn's funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, January 6, at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Boulevard, with Rabbi Roy Walter officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be the Past Presidents of Congregation Emanu El and of Emanu El Sisterhood. Graveside services for family only will be held at Emanu El Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the Rozelle and Robert I. Kahn Lectureship at Emanu El.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2008