Elinor Ruth Goldman

Elinor Ruth Goldman, 87, Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  Born in Boston, daughter of the late Dr. Louis Cohen and Pauline (Naigles) Cohen. Beloved wife of the late Justin D. Goldman. She is survived by her loving children:  Susan (Daniel), Lori and Louis; her grandchildren Deborah and Aaron, her brother Dr. Henry Cohen, and several nephews and nieces and their families.

Service at Temple Ohabei Shalom 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:00 am. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA. Shiva will be held Friday at Temple Ohabei Shalom 1:15 pm-4 pm and will continue Sunday at her late residence from 3 – 7 pm with minyan at 6 pm. Donations in her memory may be made to The Music and Worship Fund at Temple  Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446 of to a charity of your choice.

Dr. Harold W. Forbes

Dr. Harold W. Forbes, 77, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 18, 2020 after his courageous battle with a prolonged illness. Son of the late Hebert R. Forbes and Ruth (Linda) Forbes. Beloved husband of Carol A. (Senopoulos) Forbes. Devoted father of Dr. Benjamin Maxwell Forbes. Loving brother of David Forbes, Maynard Forbes and his wife Gale, Marilyn Kowalski and her husband Theodore, brother in law to atty Peter Senopoulos and his wife Jane. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Harold was the Medical Director at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare for Utilization Management and Medicare, Medical Director of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in West Roxbury and Wellesley, Internal Medicine Physician in West Roxbury and Cambridge. Services will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, MA. Interment will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA.  Family and friends are welcome to Harold’s home on Friday 3-6 pm and Saturday 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Harold’s memory may be made to the Amyloid Research Fund, Boston University School of Medicine, 72 E. Concord St., K-503, Boston, MA 02118.


veteran Ralph Miller


Ralph Miller of Sharon, age 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 16, 2020. Son of the late Samuel Miller and Goldie (Marcus) Miller, Ralph was born in Boston and was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Boston University. He was a beloved husband to the late Sandra D. (Wainhouse) Miller for 54 years, and a devoted father to Irving Miller, Seth Miller, and Laura (Miller) Brinkmann; father-in-law to Jonathan Brinkmann and Lynne (Rudnick) Miller. He was the proud grandfather of Hannah Miller and Hugo Brinkmann. Ralph was a dedicated teacher for 45 years at Hanover High School.  Shiva will be observed on Wednesday, Feb. 19th 2020 from 1-4 & 6-8 pm at the home of Lynne and Seth Miller.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances in honor of Ralph can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


Doris Oser

Oser, Doris (Hill), of Framingham, MA, and Sun City Center, FL and for the past 12 years, Brookline, MA, passed away February 17, 2020. Wife of the late F. Julian Oser. Mother of Leslie Oser West, and the late Judith Oser. Dear grandmother of Matthew Kotkin and his wife Stacy, Adam Kotkin and Tory Galvis and his wife Stephanie. Proud great grandmother of Joel and Lauren Galvis. Doris was past president of the Framingham Chapter Hadassah. A recipient of the Woman of Valor award through Hadassah. She was the owner of the first consignment clothing shop in Framingham, “The Two Way”. Throughout her life she was part of a Bridge club in Framingham. She did the daily crossword puzzle in the Globe in pen, she participated in Book Club, and play reading and mahjongg at Hebrew SeniorLIfe. She cooked blueberry muffins, oatmeal cookies and her own lasagna until the month before her passing. She had two amazing caregivers, Tania Campos and Myra Powell who showed extraordinary tenderness and compassion for Doris. Service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 12 noon. Following interment, memorial observance will be at the home of Adam Kotkin until 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah, Framingham-Natick Chapter, 1320 Centre St., Newton, MA 02459, Hebrew SeniorLife, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131, or Health Care for the Homeless, 780 Albany St., Boston, MA 02118.

Albert “Albie” Sherman

Albert “Albie” Sherman of Chestnut Hill, long-time resident of Brookline, MA, and originally from Roxbury and Dorchester, died peacefully at his home on February 17 surrounded by his loving family. Cherished husband of 56-years of Linda H. Sherman. Adoring and proud dad of Risa Sherman and Daniel Katcher of Needham; Matthew Sherman of Los Angeles; and Peter and Tali Sherman of Newton. Adoring papa to Will, Nolan and Lucy Katcher. Devoted son of the late Gertrude (Karass) and Benjamin Sherman. Predeceased by his dear brother and sister-in-law Arthur and Norma Sherman. Also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Susan and Frank Levey. Loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral service at Temple Emeth, 194 Grove St., Chestnut Hill, MA on Wednesday, February 19 at 12 noon, followed by burial at Or Emet Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury.

Memorial observance will begin following interment at Temple Emeth, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill until 7:00 pm and at Temple Emeth on Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Shiva will continue at his late residence on Friday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Saturday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Sunday and Monday 2:00-6:00 pm and Tuesday 9:00 am to 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Albie’s memory to Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hospice Care Program, c/o Hebrew SeniorLife, Development Department, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131 give.hebrewseniorlife.org/tribute.



Michael Fawzi Alic

Of Natick February 15, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Fawzia (Ahmad) Alic. Devoted father of Frank Fawzi, May Arthur, Dina Laresch, Omar Fawzi and Ban Ali. Dear grandfather of Adrienne Arthur, Isabel Arthur, Amy Laresch, Julian Laresch, Katherine Laresch, Laura Fawzi, Leah Fawzi and Zenubia Fawzi. Graveside Service on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 2 pm at The Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA.

Judith VonDohlen

Judith VonDohlen, 76, of Wayland passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Daughter of the late Edward Konowitz and Lillian (Sheff) Konowitz. She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” VonDohlen, her son Robbie VonDohlen and her brother Michael Konowitz.

In her professional career Judi was Community Relations Director for Digital Equipment Corporation.  She was also an artist who enjoyed painting water colors and creating jewelry.    

Judi was devoted to her family, made friends easily, and will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. 

Services at Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd., Wayland, MA on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1 pm, interment will follow at Beit Olam East Cemetery, 42 Concord Rd., Wayland. Shiva will be held following burial at the home of Bob VonDohlen until        8 pm and Monday 1-8 pm. Donations in her memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. 



Sandra Lee Berry

Sandra Lee Berry-Age 74, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Brookline, passed away peacefully on Feb. 11, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Evelyn and Nelson Berry. She leaves her brother, Richard Berry and his wife Helaine,and Leonard Berry and his wife Roberta. A private graveside service was held on Feb. 13, 2020 at Lindwood Memorial Park, Randolph.

Robert L. Beal



Robert L. Beal’s business accomplishments were there for all to see, such as the renovation of Boston’s iconic Custom House Tower undertaken by the Beal Cos., his family’s investment and real estate development firm.

And while generations of his family had a hand in shaping the look of Boston since the 1800s, Mr. Beal’s personal touch — often behind the scenes and unheralded — shaped the feel of Boston and the rest of the state, his friends said.

“He was just one damn good citizen,” said former governor Michael S. Dukakis, a friend since they were boys growing up across the street from one another in Brookline.

Mr. Beal, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, died while taking a nap Sunday afternoon at his home in NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.

He was 78 and had moved to NewBridge after living for decades on Beacon Hill, where he opened his home to friends and anyone he thought could make his city a better place.

“He was a legend,” said Vivien Li, a longtime friend who formerly led the Boston Harbor Association for more than two decades and had been chief executive of Riverlife in Pittsburgh.

At his home, Mr. Beal brought “all sorts of people together — different political parties, different interests, different social backgrounds,” she added. “You don’t see that many civic leaders, business leaders, bringing people together in personal settings where you get a chance to know each other better.”

Few could match the breadth of Mr. Beal’s philanthropic activities, through his personal donations and participation on a lengthy list of boards.

Along with serving as a leader of his field’s national and state organizations, such as the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, he was an overseer, trustee, or board member for institutions such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.His love of animals was seen in his involvement with the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Boston Zoological Society, through which he helped support the Franklin Park Zoo.

“He was deeply committed to philanthropic endeavors,” said his brother, Bruce A. Beal, with whom Mr. Beal formerly ran the family firm.

“We were both raised to understand that if you took from a community, you had to give back,” said Bruce, now chairman of the firm Related Beal, formed in a merger several years ago.

Mr. Beal’s contributions to Combined Jewish Philanthropies went beyond fund-raising and working with the organization’s budget committee.

In 1991, he was part of a six-person Greater Boston group that visited Israel in a show of solidarity during the Gulf War. The delegation was among the first from the United States to travel there after Iraq bombed Israel.

“It was very traumatic seeing people everywhere carrying gas masks,” Mr. Beal told the Globe upon returning that January. “It was very wrenching to see babies in plastic cribs and mothers trying to get gas masks on their children.”

Friends weren’t surprised that he risked his life for such a trip. The group was handed gas masks upon landing in Israel.

“Robert insisted on coming along. He basically had no fear whatsoever, as far as I could tell,” said Barry Shrage, who was then president of CJP and part of the delegation. “He was the person to stay extremely calm, in good humor, positive all the time.”

That was the same Bob Beal who kept a careful calendar and called hundreds of friends each year to personally wish them a happy birthday, the same man who every Fourth of July grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for his famous annual picnic.

“His way of giving was giving and expecting nothing in return. He would just give,” said his nephew Bruce A. Beal Jr., president of the Related Cos., the New York-based parent company of Related Beal. “He would do anything for anybody. He wouldn’t even ask. He would figure out what someone needed, and he would do it. And he would never ask for anything for himself.”

“He was my Uncle Bobby,” he added, “but we used to talk about how he was everybody’s Uncle Bobby.”

Born in Boston in 1941, Robert Lawrence Beal was the younger of two brothers whose parents were Alexander S. Beal and Leona Rothstein.

Mr. Beal grew up in Brookline – “he would tell the story of how I taught him how to ride a bike,” Dukakis recalled – and attended Belmont Hill School.

He graduated from Harvard College in 1963 and from Harvard Business School two years later. Before joining his family’s firm, he worked for the Beacon Cos. under Norman B. Leventhal.

“He said, ‘I learned a lot from watching the master,’ ” Li recalled.

In 1988, Mr. Beal wrote in the 25th anniversary report of his Harvard class about the satisfaction he and his brother took “in having had the opportunity to reshape and to contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Boston’s historic landscape through our real estate investment activity.”

“He was deeply involved in the transformation of the city, a very sensitive developer,” Dukakis said.

Some of that meant working with, and sometimes helping guide, the city’s and state’s top politicians.

“When I wanted to talk about real estate issues and economic prospects generally, he was always just a phone call away, and his insights into what was actually going on — and would go on in the future — were sharp, understandable, and incredibly accurate,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “He supported a ton of good causes and was always on everyone’s short call list — because he almost always said ‘yes.’ And he loved Boston. All of it.”

Mr. Beal had his own short call list, too, and encouraged people such as Li to take on leadership roles – in her case chairing the Brownfields Advisory Group for MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency.

“In that way, he mentored a lot of people, particularly women,” she said. “He would push us to do things we didn’t think were possible. He empowered us.”

Mr. Beal, whose marriage to Rosalind E. Gorin ended in divorce, had no immediate survivors beyond his older brother, Bruce.

“I think his children were the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the different things he was interested in,” Bruce said. “My brother really was, in my book, Mr. Boston. He ate it, he drank it. It was very important to him. He gave his time and his money unselfishly.”

The Beal family held a private burial ceremony for Mr. Beal Tuesday and will announce a public memorial gathering in the spring.

“He was an incredibly kind person,” his brother said.

That compassion helped Mr. Beal bring together philanthropic leaders.

Long involved with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Mr. Beal and the late Myra Kraft facilitated meetings that included officials from United Way, CJP, The Boston Foundation, and Catholic Charities, said Shrage, who now teaches at Brandeis University.

“Because of his personality and because of the people he knew, he was all about collaboration,” Shrage added. “He figured if we were talking to each other we could do greater things.”

Li said Mr. Beal’s legacy could be seen as “finding where there was a need that others hadn’t thought about,” which often meant meeting with people others hadn’t thought to seek out – from Beacon Hill to Boston’s immigrant communities.

“He was never afraid of going out and meeting people who had a different point of view – to understand, to learn, to appreciate,” she said.

This article was written by Brian Marquard of the Boston Globe

Dr. Robert C. Hermann



Robert C. Hermann (April 28, 1931 – February 10, 2020)

Surrounded by friends, family and his books, Bob died February 10th at age 88 from pneumonia.  Bob is a widely recognized mathematician and mathematical physicist.  He got his PhD from Princeton University, taught at Rutgers University, and then focused on his research. In the 1960s he worked on elementary particle physics and quantum field theory. His work revealed the interconnections between vector bundles on Riemannian manifolds and guage theory in physics, before these interconnections became ‘common knowledge’ among physicists. In the 1970s, Bob worked on the application of differential geometric methods in system theory, where he was one of the pioneers of the analysis of nonlinear system controllability in terms of Lie algebras.

Bob published numerous books on differential geometry and Lie group theories and their applications to differential equations, integrable systems, control theory and physics.

Bob will always be remembered as a gentle giant, a lover of nature, and an avid reader.  He is survived by his former wife, Lana Hermann, by their son Chris, and by their daughter Gabrielle, her husband Holger Reinhardt and their three children, Alex, Katya and Jonas.

Burial will be private.  A memorial service and celebration of Bob’s life will be held this Spring when the flowers bloom.

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