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Pat T. Epstein

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May 28, 1924 - July 22, 2015 Pat (Tananbaum) Epstein passed away quietly on July 22, 2015, after a long and wonderful life filled with extended family and friends. She leaves her devoted husband of more than 66 years, Jerry. Together, and as individuals, they have been a very special and unforgettable couple who had a meaningful impact on the lives of so many. Pat was born in New York City, NY on May 28, 1924 and raised in Atlanta, GA. She was the only child of Leo and Hannah Tananbaum. She met Jerry, the love of her life, when he was a student at Emory University after the end of World War II. They married on December 26, 1948, in a beautiful ceremony at the Mayfair Club in Atlanta, attended by family and friends, many of whom had traveled on a private train from New York City for the event. Their wedding would be only the first of many spectacular parties Pat and Jerry would plan and host over the ensuing decades, as Pat became the consummate gracious and lively hostess. Pat and Jerry settled permanently in Los Angeles in December 1949. For decades, including up to the last months of her life, Pat was a sculptress, working primarily in alabaster and later in Paper Mache. Her work can be found at St. John's Hospital, the Jewish Home for the Aging, and in many private homes around the country. Pat enjoyed her involvement with the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Design and Management (FIDM). Pat was also active in Hadassah and the Irene Dunne Guild of Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica. The doctors, nurses, and staff at St. John's Hospital were not just caregivers, but many became close friends for over four decades, and their compassion and attention was particularly meaningful during the last months of Pat's life. Pat and Jerry's generosity and dedication to their many friends and family is legendary, and they leave a legacy of "adopted" children and grandchildren who have and will continue to benefit from their loving advice and assistance. Contributions in Pat's memory would be most welcome to the Irene Dunne Guild at the Saint John's Health Center Foundation, 2121 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or to Hadassah, c/o 455 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211. Funeral and Memorial Service arrangements will be private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 27, 2015
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