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Morris and Madelaine Birnbaum Obituary
Morris Birnbaum and Madelaine Gwertzman Birnbaum of Pasadena, aged 95 and 90, April 5 and April 14, 2017: devoted to each other through 66 years of marriage. They were passionate supporters of civil rights, women's rights and environmental causes: unrepentant liberals, political involvement was as necessary to them as breathing. They were lovers of books, art, theater and scientific inquiry and passed these loves on to their children and grandchildren. Morris graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York and City College of New York and received an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Kansas, Lawrence. During World War II he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and earned a Bronze Star for bravery. Morris is remembered with great fondness by co-workers at JPL where he was a principal engineer on the Voyager, Galileo and ASTRO Shuttle spacecraft teams. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1991. Morris was president of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee from 1999 - 2002 and represented PSCC in Germany, Japan and China. He is remembered with affection by his many friends at PSCC. Madelaine graduated from New York's Hunter High School and Hunter College, and obtained her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work. She was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and was employed as a psychotherapist at the United Way agencies. She was a gifted mentor and counselor who remained friends with many of her clients and their families for decades. Morris and Madelaine are remembered with love by their son Mark and his wife Beverly of Novato, CA, and their daughter Reva Badri; and their daughter Nina and her husband John Yale of Brooklyn, NY, and Nina's daughter Yael Rose. In lieu of a memorial service, Morris and Madelaine requested donations be made in their name to the donor's preferred cause or charity.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2017
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