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Murray Sachs Obituary
Murray Sachs, 89, of Newton, MA, April 10, 1924- May 14, 2013. Literary scholar, author, editor, translator, teacher, Francophile, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University, recipient of the French governments highest educational honor (Palmes Acadmiques). Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Died in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Naturalized citizen of US, 1955. Husband of Miriam Blank Sachs (married in 1961), brother of Belle Levman, father of Deborah Ruth Sachs Gabor and Aaron Jacob Sachs, grandfather of Rebecca Michelle Gabor, Zachary William Gabor, Nathaniel Tobias Gabor, Samuel Evans Sachs, Abraham Evans Sachs, and Oscar Evans Sachs, and uncle of Daniel Levine, Jeremy Levine, Sasha Cuttler, David Levine, Terry Barkel, Lynne Morrison, Cindi Rosenberg, Davida Gerber, Garry Levman, Bryan Levman, Marty Levman, and Barbara Wainberg. Predeceased by sister Grace Freedman and son Benjamin Tevya Sachs. He grew up in the Jewish section of Toronto during the Depression and never took anything for granted. He could spend hours shopping for fruit and considered a ripe, crisp, slightly tart apple to be among worlds great luxuries. In his retirement, he became a translator of Yiddish documentsbooks, journals letters, poems, songs and developed a reputation as someone with considerable Sprachgefuehl (native feeling for the language). Known in his field as a deeply engaged and generous scholar, constantly reading and commenting on other peoples manuscripts, contributing essays, reviews, and encyclopedia entries whenever asked. Also a devoted teacher, always understated, modest, shy, with a dry wit. A lover of language and wordplay and admirer of solid, clear prose, subtlety, and irony. Loving father who never raised his voice. Holder of lectureships at Columbia University, University of California (Berkeley), and University of Detroit, and professorships at Williams College and Brandeis University, the ast from 1961-96. Author of The Career of Alphonse Daudet: A Critical Study (1965, Harvard U. Press) and The French Short Story in the 19th Century: A Critical Anthology (Oxford U. Press, 1969), among other works. Graveside service to be held at Sharon Memorial Park, 120 Canton St., Sharon, MA, Sunday, May 19, 10:45am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support the Murray Sachs Prize for Outstanding Work and Dedication in French and Francophone Studies, sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, Brandeis University. Checks made out to Brandeis with in memory of Murray Sachs written on them can be sent to Mail Stop 012, Donor Relations, Brandeis University, PO Box 549110, Waltham, MA, 02454-9110. For online condolences, please visit www.stanetsky.com. Stanetsky Memorial Chapel. 781-821-4600

Published in The Newton Tab from May 17 to May 24, 2013
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