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ANN RABINOWITZ

RABINOWITZ--Ann Hoch Kubie, 85, died peacefully at home in Greenwich Village in the early evening of January 11, 2014. She was attended throughout her last, brief illness by her loving and grateful children and grandchildren, by her beloved caregiver, Sabrina Vasquez, and by the music of John Dowland, William Byrd, and Orlando Gibbons. She was predeceased by her much-loved husband of nearly fifty years, Bernard Rabinowitz, of Nutley, New Jersey; by her brother Robert Hoch Kubie, and by her step-brother John Jacob Benjamin. Annie was born in London in 1928 while her father, the distinguished neurologist and psychiatrist Lawrence S. Kubie, MD, D.Sc., was conducting research at Guy's Hospital. With her mother, Susan Hoch Kubie, a pioneering gerontologist, lay analyst, photographer and interior designer, she lived in New York, Vienna and Lucerne before returning to the United States in 1936 and resuming residence in New York City with her father and her brother, and, later, with her step-mother Eleanor Gottheil Kubie. Annie was educated at the Horace Mann and Fieldston Schools, and at Radcliffe College and Barnard College (BA 1950). She later pursued graduate studies at New York University, where she took her MA in 1982 and was ABD in Medieval History. Upon her marriage in 1948 to Bernard Rabinowitz she moved for a year to Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and in 1950 to Nutley, where she lived until the death of her husband Bernard in 1996. Through her marriage she became a loving and engaged member of the extensive Rabinowitz-Sonenshein-Blumrosen-Pepkowitz clan of Nutley, Passaic and Clifton, establishing warm and life-long relationships with her extensive network of in-laws, nieces and nephews. She was a published poet, and the author of two novels, Knight on Horseback (Atheneum 1987) and Bethie (Atheneum 1989). Annie was at work on two additional books at the time of her death: a children's book about family life in a family which had lost a child to illness, and an adult novel about a feminist awakening in the New York psychiatric community of the 1940's. Annie was an enthusiastic amateur musician and a lover of early and Baroque music. She was a singer and a lutenist, and one of her greatest pleasures in later years was her lute studies with the well-known teacher and early music specialist Patrick O'Brien. She was a committed member of the St. George's Choral Society, and a cheerfully vociferous advocate within that group for performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. During the nearly fifty years that she lived in Nutley, Annie was a community leader and a committed public servant, serving with distinction on the Boards of the Nutley Family Service Bureau, the Nutley Public Library and Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, and as an elected (and re-elected) member of the Nutley Board of Education. The friendships she made and preserved in her public endeavors were a sustaining element in her life. She was a proud and committed progressive Democrat. She is survived by her children, Daniel Lawrence Rabinowitz and his wife, Ann Freda Thomas (of Greenwich Village); Rebecca Susan Rabinowitz (of Delran, NJ); Sarah Judith Rabinowitz Mognoni and her husband Russell Mognoni (of Labrador Hill Farm, Waterford Works, NJ); and John Benjamin Rabinowitz (of Arlington, MA). She is also survived by much-loved grandchildren: Joshua Nachowitz and his wife Meghan Sheehan (of Brooklyn, NY); Caleb Lawrence Thomas Rabinowitz and his fiancee Lisa Walldez (of Santa Monica, CA); Samuel Dwight Thomas Rabinowitz (of San Francisco, CA); and Elizabeth Mognoni (of Waterford Works, NJ). There will be a Memorial Service for Annie on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, at 10:45am. The Memorial Service will be held at the Greenwich Village Funeral Home, 199 Bleecker Street (between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street), New York, New York, 10012. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Annie's honor to Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., NY, NY; to the St. George's Choral Society, NY, NY; or to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., NY NY.

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Greenwich Village Funeral Home
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(212) 674-8055

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 13, 2014
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