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ROSENBAUM--Judy, passed away peacefully in her home, as was her wish, on September 30th 2014. Her life was one of dedication to her mother, Dr. Bertha Rader, to her work, and to literature. She leaves behind wonderful children's stories and beautiful poems. Judy opened new paths in the world of literature to children and adults alike. She possessed a wealth of knowledge and could engage anyone in meaningful conversations on a myriad of topics, recalling even the smallest of details on everything, from fashion to sports. With her incredible memory, she was always generously ready to lend a helping hand, especially if it involved reading, writing, editing or researching. Always friendly and caring, Judy touched the hearts of everyone who met her. She leaves behind many friends including Zorka Hristova and Nina Argirova, in particular. Judy finally found her passageway to Narnia - may she reign there, happily, for eternity. We, on the other side of the wardrobe, will greatly miss her. Donations may be made to Books For Kids.

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Published in New York Times on Oct. 16, 2014.
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February 5, 2020
Judy was generally disappointed in my lack of appreciation of Brahms. During the last year my choral group has enjoyed singing both the gypsy songs and the Liebeslieder. It's been a joy to me to experience the incredible harmonies and rhythms of the Brahms choral repertoire. Judy, I'm evolving. Rest in Peace, dear friend.
October 11, 2019
Now time has passed... b ut still remembering Judy's wise, gentle presence.
Sheila DeCosse
October 10, 2019
5 years later and I still think of her when I am on GoldenSkate. Such an intelligent, compassionate, word-loving woman who was always the voice of reason. It seems odd that I never met her in person or even knew what she looked like as she was an online friend! Many on the GS site were quite shaken by her passing; a lierary corner of the site was set up in her honour. I envy those of you who were fortunate enough to know her personally.
Dianne Strickland
November 15, 2014
Rest in Peace Judy. As one of your fan, I will deeply miss "Olympia" in Golden Skate.
November 15, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing your time and your beautiful thoughts with us on Golden Skate.
Elaine "prettykeys"
November 14, 2014
I knew Judy ("Olympia") through Golden Skate, and she came across as an absolutely lovely woman. Although I only chatted with her a few times, I always enjoyed reading her posts.

I only wish I had taken the opportunity to get to know her better.

Judy was so enthusiatic about everything. She was very knowledgable, but also took a great interest in finding out new things.

Yet she was so unassuming and down to earth. So, I am sure she is up there in disbelief at how much we are missing her.

Judy, thank you for bringing so much joy to so many people, just by being you.

You will be greatly missed.

My thoughts are with Judy's family and friends.

Gordon ("CaroLiza_fan")
Gordon Kells
November 14, 2014
Farewell, Wise Woman. I will treasure my memories of you. So glad I met you through Goldenskate.
Dianne Strickland
November 14, 2014
You are greatly missed, but something of you stays with us.
Donna Tolliver-Walker
November 14, 2014
Judy was a well loved poster @ Golden Skate, a figure skating board. She was always thoughtful & insightful in her posts. What a lovely person. Zichrona liv'racha - may her memory be for a blessing.
Gail Schwartz
November 13, 2014
Warm, wise, and gracious. A lover of words and language who used them beautifully, with never a hint of unkindness. The world was a nicer place because of Judy's presence in it and I am better for having "known" her, if only in a small way and only distantly.

Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, dear "Olympia."

My heartfelt condolences to Judy's family and friends.
Andrea O
November 13, 2014
Rest in peace, wise and sweet lady. We miss you. My thoughts goes out to family, friends and love ones.
November 13, 2014
I will always cherish the memories of our chat about books, cinema and figure skating forever.
We all miss you sweet "Olympia".
Rest in peace beautiful Judy.
Alba Progni
October 27, 2014
Dear Judy,
It was an honor to be part of your life and to help you in your struggle during these last few months. Your courage, endless positive energy and kindness were inspiring to all of us in the office.
Rebecca Elmaleh, M.D.
October 20, 2014
So sad to hear the news. Rest in peace.
Jan Jarrett. Palm beach. Fl
October 19, 2014
Your comments in our writer's group, your wit and extensive knowledge of children's books were all part of you. They will remain with us. Your loss is tragic. I am so sad.
Sheila Flynn-Decosse
October 16, 2014
You were a wonderful friend and colleague, and I will miss your wisdom always.
Allene Feldman
October 16, 2014
Judy...You have gone too soon, my friend. There is no one like you and you will be in my heart, always.
Lynne Rosenthal
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