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RAFSHOON, Charles CHARLES MAURICE RAFSHOON Charles Maurice Rafshoon, 86, of Atlanta passed away at dusk on January 3, 2013. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 3rd, 1926 to Helen and Jack Rafshoon. Charles enlisted at age 17 in the US Air Force in 1943 and served until honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1949. He was married to Charlotte Goodman in June 1951 whom he would remain married to for 61 years. Charles received his Bachelors degree in History from Brooklyn College in 1955. After graduation, he took up the hobby of photography and soon began a career as a professional photographer. In New York, he began taking photographs for various law firms but soon transitioned into theatrical and dance photography serving clients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the national touring company of the Metropolitan Opera. In 1967, he joined his brother and mother in Atlanta and quickly became a pioneer photographer for the burgeoning arts organizations in the Atlanta arts scene including Theater Atlanta, the Atlanta Municipal Theater and the Alliance Theater. He remained on staff at the Alliance Theater through 1986. Back in the days when still photographs were a mainstay of political campaigns, he became the demand photographer for Georgia political campaigns including the successful gubernatorial campaigns of Jimmy Carter and George Busbee. In addition, he photographed well-known political figures including Jesse Jackson, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Sr. ("Daddy King"), and Andrew Young. In 1976, he served as the chief photographer for the successful presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter and served as the official photographer of his 1977 presidential inauguration. Several of his books of photographs on President Carter are published. Charles was appointed to the Georgia Council for the Arts and served on the board of the Georgia Opera Company. He served as the staff photographer for the Atlanta Jewish Times for over a decade and was on site photographer in Morocco for the biblical movies Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, produced by his brother, Gerald. Along the way, he was an award winning member of the Brooklyn Camera Club and an extraordinary and award - winning fencer, an R/C Airplane enthusiast, a member of the Marcus Jewish Community Center and a longtime member The Temple (The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation). His passions included history, archaeology, literature, opera, and theater, and his family. Charles is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his brother, Gerald of Washington, DC; his sons, Lawrence and his wife Cheryl, and H. Philip and life partner Robert Gaul, all of Atlanta; his grandsons, Ben and Josh; and many nieces and nephews. An online guestbook is available at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309,, Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Dr., Atlanta, GA 30319,, or the Parkinson's Organization of one's choice. A chapel service will be officiated by Rabbi Peter Berg 1:00 PM Sunday at The Temple, followed by burial at Crest Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2013
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