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Dr. Norman R. Ascherman, age 81, a San Francisco dentist, lawyer and philanthropist died on July 13, 2008 after a years’ long battle with cancer. It is the same disease that took the life of his twin brother, Stanford Ascherman, in 2004. He passed away peacefully at his home overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Dr. Ascherman was a native of Chicago. He was a 1948 graduate of the University of Illinois and 2 years later received his dental degree from that same institution.

Among the personal traits that were hallmarks of his life, it was his boundless curiosity that inspired him to begin taking night classes at Golden Gate University College of Law back in the mid 1960s. He received his J.D. in 1967. Although he never had a desire to practice law, Dr. Ascherman did blend his passions for dentistry and law into active involvement in the field of medical ethics and he was a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.

He once said that he did not need Chagalls on his wall. Instead the walls of his home were filled with “art” that he treasured far more: photos of him with friends, prime ministers plus other national and international dignitaries along with framed honors from many of the organizations he so generously supported. Both his friendships and his philanthropy extended around the globe. Prominent among the countless organizations Dr. Ascherman supported are the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, the University of California San Francisco plus his alma maters the University of Illinois and Golden Gate University College of Law. He established major projects at each of these organizations. Although, like his late brother, he was a lifelong bachelor, the programs he established will serve as a rich legacy of his life. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Contributions may be made to the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, 300 Montgomery St., Ste. 615, SF, CA 94104 or the Hebrew Free Loan Association, 131 Steuart St., Ste. 425, SF, CA 94105.

Steven G Foerder

In Redwood City, June 20, 2008, age 62. Beloved husband of Norma Foerder. Loving father of Jessica Laddon (Ben), Diane Foerder, and Andrew Foerder. Devoted son of Sara and the late William Foerder. Dear brother of Vivian Foerder, and cousin of Sanford Weitzner. A proud native of San Francisco and college graduate of U.C. Berkeley. A longtime member of Congregation Beth Jacob. Funeral services were held at Sinai Memorial Chapel, interment followed at Eternal Home Cemetery in Colma. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City or Congregation Chevra Thilim in San Francisco.

Bernard Kaufman Jr.

Beloved patriarch of a large family and revered physician, died peacefully at home in San Francisco on July 9. The cause was pancreatic cancer. He was 93 years old.

Born in San Francisco in 1914, Bernard spent eight years living in Vienna, where his father, also a physician, went to study and practice medicine between 1923 and 1930. He was deeply affected by those years of rising fascism and anti-Semitism. His involvement in the Vienna Jewish Boy Scouts, his bar mitzvah and his Zionist activities became formative experiences. He returned to San Francisco at age 16 and graduated from Lowell High School. He attended Stanford University, where he played soccer, and he earned his medical degree at Tulane University Medical School.

He was a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and participated in five campaigns during World War II, serving as a physician. He took part in the Normandy invasion in 1944 and was among the U.S. troops who liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945. His

fluency in German and Yiddish, learned in Vienna as a child, enabled him to communicate with camp survivors, slave laborers, and German doctors and soldiers in his medical work.

He returned to San Francisco in 1945 and went into medical practice with his father. He practiced internal medicine for 53 years and was an Associate Clinical Professor at University of California San Francisco. He was an active member in the American Medical Association and many other medical organizations. He was a senior attending physician at Mount Zion Hospital.

A lifelong Zionist, Bernard was a president of the San Francisco District of Zionist Organization of America and a founder of the San Francisco Israel Bond Organization. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Jewish Welfare Federation. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and served on the Board of Trustees of the Judah Magnes Museum.

During the 13 years of his retirement, Bernard remained active in community affairs and wrote a history of his family in the form of stories and memoirs.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Seth Kaufman, Rabia Joan and Benjamin Van Hattum, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow; eight grandchildren; special friend Frida Koppl; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was the husband of Shirley Kaufman Daleski of Jerusalem and the late Edith Schoenberger Kaufman, and he was the brother of the late Joy Belmont.

Contributions may be sent to the Judah L. Magnes Museum, 2911 Russell St., Berkeley, CA 94705, and the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, 121 Steuart St., S.F., CA 94105. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Evalyn “Peachie” Wright Kantor

Passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on July 8, 2008. Born in Portland, OR on April 17, 1924, the second daughter of Jay and Rose Wright. She graduated U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in political science. Evalyn was married to George for 49 years before his passing in 1995. They enjoyed many years traveling between their homes in San Francisco, Napa and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, where they played golf and spent time with family and friends.

Evalyn also loved the ballet, symphony and traveling to all seven continents. She was a long-suffering fan of the San Francisco Giants. Evalyn will also be missed by her faith community at Congregation Sherith Israel.

Beloved mother of Marlene (Tom) Guiliano, Bradley Kantor and Dale (Kerry) Longacre. “Nana” lived for her grandchildren Joseph (Julia), Jon, Rue, Davis, Arielle and great-granddaughter Yarro.

Funeral services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park Chapel, Colma. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Congregation Sherith Israel or Glide Memorial S.F. AIDS Foundation, or World Wildlife Fund. Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Seymour Zoger

Seymour Zoger, age 80, passed away on July 10, 2008 after an acute and rapidly progressive respiratory illness while visiting Israel. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Adele Roselyn Zoger. Survived by his sister, Sylvia Mehlman; his children, Jill and Gerald Katz, Adam and Lise Zoger and Abigail Zoger and his five adoring grand-daughters.

Seymour devoted his whole life to helping children. He

was raised in Norwich, CT where he attended the Norwich Free Academy for high school, and then graduated from Yale College and Medical School. After serving in the air force, Seymour became a San Francisco pediatrician who practiced medicine the old-fashioned way. Seymour made house calls, hospital visits and answered his own phones. For over 40 years, Seymour also worked in the University of California San Francisco’s Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Department, helping children and families survive cancer.

In 2004, he was awarded the University of California Medical Center’s Exceptional Physician Award. His untiring dedication and contributions to patient care, teaching and clinical science are unsurpassed.

A true renaissance man, Seymour enjoyed photography, bread baking — which he was famous for — books, art, fine wine and

gardening but his greatest joy came from his family. As the world’s greatest Zayde, with a twinkle in his eye, he will be missed by all.

The memorial services will be held at Temple Beth Sholom, 318 15th Ave., S.F. on July 18, 2008 at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in the memory of Seymour Zoger to the New Israel Fund (www.nif.org ) or UCSF Family House (www.familyhouseinc.org).