January 24, 1935 - May 24, 2014
Israel "Izzy" Rabinowitz passed away on May 24, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA after a suffering a stroke earlier in the year. Family and close friends surrounded him in the months following his stroke and preceding his death.
Izzy was born in the Bronx, New York to loving parents Hyman and Leah Rabinowitz. A true New Yorker, he grew up in the Bronx with his parents and his older siblings Goldie, Jacob, and Mendy. A proud graduate of the City College of New York, he went on to receive a Master's Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University. While he was attending the University of Washington he met his future wife, Lynn Schneiderman. Lynn's father, Harry, who had met Izzy at their temple and had a suspicion that Izzy and Lynn would be a great couple, set up Izzy and Lynn on a blind date. Harry was absolutely correct and Izzy and Lynn were married on December 20, 1959. They were married for over 52 years until Lynn passed away from cancer in May of 2012.
Izzy and Lynn spent their first few years of married life living on the East Coast while Izzy completed his graduate studies at Rutgers University. They had the opportunity to move to London, England for several years when Izzy received a postdoctoral research fellowship at King's College. Their daughter, Mirle, was born while they were living in London. In 1966 they moved to the San Francisco Bay Area when Izzy received a research position at Stanford University. Their son, Josh, was born a couple of years later. While living in the Bay Area Izzy established wonderful lifelong friendships.
In 1977 Izzy moved with his family to Santa Barbara. He worked for several local companies and ultimately founded his own business focusing on food science and innovative agricultural technology. He also was an adjunct lecturer at several local universities and colleges.
Izzy had many interests in life. Despite being a New Yorker through and through, life in Southern California agreed with him. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed tending to his many fruit trees. He loved dogs and never passed one without saying hello. He was a voracious reader who enjoyed the arts as well as sports. He enjoyed a good opera almost as much as he enjoyed watching his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play baseball. A handball player since his youth, he looked forward to his regular matches with a group of other local avid handball players. Above everything else, he was devoted to his family. He and Lynn had a wonderful marriage and they derived their greatest pleasure from spending time with their children, their spouses, and their five grandchildren.
Izzy is survived by his daughter Mirle (Stuart), son Josh (Alix), his five grandchildren - Dalia, Noah, Jesi, Rachel, and Ari, and his brother Jacob. His wife, Lynn, his parents Hyman and Leah Rabinowitz, his brother Mendy Rabinowitz and his sister Goldie Chapnick, preceded him in death. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, extended family members and close friends who will all remember him as a gentle and loving man.
His family would like to extend their deep gratitude to his doctors, nurses and therapists for providing him with outstanding care and compassion throughout the course of his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Santa Barbara Humane Society, Santa Barbara Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, or Santa Barbara Hillel.
Izzy will be deeply missed and always loved by all who knew him. A private celebration of life will be held in Santa Barbara in August.