ZUSMAN-- Lawrence L. The Officers, Board of Directors, and staff of The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) mourn the passing of our esteemed Honorary Board member and good friend, Lawrence "Larry" Zusman. The founder and past owner of Price Stores in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Zusman was a real estate developer by trade who, in addition to his successful business career, chose to devote much time and effort to his community and his people. Joining the JDC Board in 1986, he and his beloved wife, Leonore, became personally involved in JDC's endeavor to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Israel, helping to fund the Child Development Center in Beersheba, Centers for Independent Living, and projects that have assured accessibility for the handicapped to historic sites in Jerusalem and other parts of the country. They also established an annual prize for those exhibiting creativity and excellence in Israel's social services. Among their other honors, the Zusmans' outstanding devotion to Jerusalem and to the citizens of Israel was recognized at the Knesset in 2006, and by the Columbus Jewish community this past April. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Leonore, to their children, and to the entire Zusman family, and we join them in mourning the loss of this gentle and compassionate soul. May his memory be for a blessing. Dr. Irving A. Smokler, President Judge Ellen M. Heller, Chairman of the Board Steven Schwager, Chief Executive Officer
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Published in The New York Times on Aug. 4, 2009