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Miriam Hoffman Wain

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Miriam Hoffman Wain (1921 - 2008) Died peacefully on May 25, with her daughters around her. Born in San Francisco on March 7, 1921, she received her BA in music from UC Berkeley, and raised her family in San Mateo and Redwood City. After earning her MA in 1965, she taught for 10 years at Amador High School, Pleasanton, where she developed an award-winning choral music program. She then retired from teaching and began a successful career managing her business investments. Miriam brought music, art and beauty into the lives of her children and others. She conducted various choirs, composed choral music, and won awards for her painting. She was active in B'nai Brith and Eastern Star, and was a Brownie troupe leader. She was a major contributor to a variety of charities including several Jewish organizations and Golden Gate Opera. In recent years, former choir students contacted her and came together to sing at several reunions at her home. Miriam was a role model for having a vision and accomplishing goals that she set. She approached life with a truly can-do spirit. She is survived by her brother Paul Hoffman; her three daughters Sheryl Glasser, Roberta Wain-Becker and Nancy Beisser; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will take place in July at Temple Rodef Sholom.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 31, 2008
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