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Dorothy Feld Fishman

Dorothy Feld Fishman, a native of Weehawken, New Jersey, and a resident of the Westside of Los Angeles for more than 70 years, died on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at her residence in Los Angeles (Westwood), California. She was 97 years old. Though her early life during the Great American Depression was very traumatic as she, her mother (Elsie Feld) and her brother (Alfred Feld) attempted to fend for themselves financially during an enormously stressful and tumultuous period, Dorothy was a star student in high school who graduated early and then proceeded to get a Bachelor of Arts from a teacher training college in New Jersey. She became an outstanding kindergarten teacher. Dorothy married Herman Fishman and the two of them moved across country to Los Angeles with their twin daughters, Ronnie and Irene, during WWII where Herman was stationed as a Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corp. After the war, Dorothy, Herman and their twin daughters elected to make California their permanent home. Two years later, they had a third child, Joel, and settled on Barrington Avenue in West Los Angeles. Dorothy became very active in Westside Los Angeles politics through ORT, an organization that strengthens communities through better educational opportunities, the California League of Women Voters, Another Mother for Peace and the Westside Food Bank, of which she was a founding member. Dorothy had a very keen intellect, a quick and wonderful sense of humor and a quiet dignity. She had enormous strength, integrity and love. At the same time, Dorothy was someone who could liven up an party with her energy, great dancing skills and general sense of fun. Dorothy leaves behind her daughter, Ronnie, her son, Joel, her grandson, Teddy Cammorata and her granddaughter, Molly Fishman. Donations can be made in her honor to the Westside Food Bank and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 27, 2014
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