BENNATHAN Professor ESRA BENNATHAN Emeritus Professor of Political Economy University of Bristol, UK (Age 93) Died on March 21, 2016 at his Washington, DC home. Born in Berlin, Germany of Jewish parents, he was sent to live with his father in Palestine in 1936. His mother survived the war, but his maternal grandmother, uncle, and aunt died in the Holocaust. He joined the British army in ''41, where he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa. After the war, Esra was invited by an uncle to England which became his homeland. He graduated in Economics from the University of Birmingham; and later became Director of Studies in Economics and a Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge University. He served as Senior Economic Affairs Officer of the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East in Bangkok, accepted the Chair of Economics at Bristol University in 1976, and came to the US in 1981 as an Economic Advisor to the World Bank from which he retired in 1987. Deeply committed to his Jewish roots, he was a founder of the Leo Baeck Institute, London, organized to preserve for posterity the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry and was a member of the Board at the time of his death A mentor to many economists and other young people starting their careers, he celebrated the successes of others and was a devoted friend and loyal patriarch to a family that has always been inclusive. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Judith Nowak; by his first wife, Marion Bennathan (with whom he remained friends and who became a friend to Judith); by his son, Joel Bennathan, QC (Melanie Gingell); his grandchildren, Ella Turner (Jim), Matthias Bennathan (Siri), Rosa, Oliver, and Clara Bennathan; his great-granddaughters, Gracie Turner and Vilja Bennathan; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Corrick; his half-sisters, Ruth Ambor and Gabriela Landau; a step-sister, Elisabeth Kahan, who saved the life of his mother in Budapest, and by many nieces and nephews. His oldest son, Joshua, died in 2014. Esra''s ashes will be interred in London.
Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 17, 2016.