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Dorit Samuels Karow

Dorit Samuels Karow

Dorit Samuels Karow (nee Davidson), of Belmont, and a San Francisco peninsula resident for most of her life, passed away Tuesday, October 8th. She was 76.


Dorit's early life took her on a journey that spanned Europe, Asia and finally America. Dorit was born in 1937 in Berlin, Germany, and it took the savvy of her mother, the late Ruth Hamel, to secure tickets on a Danish freighter bound for Shanghai, China, in order to escape Nazi persecution. Their voyage began in April of 1939, and they arrived in Shanghai two months later. Dorit and her family spent the next ten years there, until they were permitted to emigrate to the U.S., sailing through San Francisco's Golden Gate in 1949.


Dorit's family settled in San Francisco. She graduated from Washington High School in 1955. She worked for the Cunard Line shipping company before marrying Arthur Samuels in 1957. She and Arthur moved to Daly City and then Millbrae, where they raised their two children, daughter Linda and son Ron. Arthur passed away in 1974. In 1985 Dorit married John (Jack) Karow.


Dorit returned to work in 1974 at the California Teachers Association headquarters in Burlingame, first as an administrative assistant to then CTA economic advisor Tom Lantos, and then in several other departments over the years. She retired from CTA in 2003.


Dorit is survived by step-father, Gary Hamel and husband Jack. Also surviving is her daughter Linda Byrne (William), grandchildren Alex (Jenni), Travis (Ashly) great-grandchildren Makayla and Elijah; her son Ron Samuels (Freya), grandchildren Melanie and Darren.


Dorit was a vibrant, cultured woman. She was a voracious reader and true music lover. She attended many of the Bay Area's jazz festivals over the years and was a subscriber to the San Francisco Symphony and a patron of the San Francisco Ballet. She and her beloved husband Jack enjoyed many years of travel throughout the U.S., Europe and Central America. Dorit and Jack's families will always remember her as a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.


A celebration of her life will include a scattering of remains at sea and a memorial open house for family and friends.



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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 13, 2013
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