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Deaths for the week of Nov. 16, 2018

Obituaries are supported by a generous grant from Sinai Memorial Chapel.

James Spencer Hurwitz, March 22, 1939–September 5, 2018

Jim passed away at California Pacific Medical Center. His daughter Elizabeth and former wife Joann Glaser were with him. He was predeceased by his parents Dr. Samuel and Frances Goodman Hurwitz. Jim was larger than life and etched a permanent place in one’s memory. A devoted 49ers, Giants and Warriors fan and lifelong member of Congregation Sherith Israel, Jim was active for many years in the SF AIDS community, volunteering at Open Hand and SF General Hospital and chairing Sherith Israel Chicken Soupers for 27 years. He is sorely missed. May his memory be a blessing. Special gratitude to Dr. James Davis for his unwavering friendship, guidance and support.

Joseph T. Maleson, in loving memory, October 17, 1949–November 28, 1980

Joe was born in Baltimore, MD. He grew up in Newton, MA, where he was deeply involved in the Jewish community. Joe graduated from Williams College in 1971 with a degree in Art. In 1980 he received his doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Rochester, N.Y. Joe moved to Palo Alto, CA in 1977 and began work at Xerox PARC.

After a brief courtship, Joe married Jill Harris Maleson on October 21, 1979. After spending an evening at the Maleson home, a friend said, “This isn’t a marriage, it’s a comedy act!” On October 25, 1980, Jill gave birth to their daughter, Sherrie Rose Harris Maleson (now Mayle).

Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1980, Jill and Joe hosted friends for dinner. Laughter, joy and gratitude filled the day. In the early morning hours of Friday, November 28, 1980, with their daughter sleeping in a cradle at the end of their bed, Jill heard a sound from her husband, turned on the light and saw he had died of a massive heart attack.

Joe was a good man who was loved by all. He contributed to his family, his community and the world. He was a runner, an avid softball player at 2nd base and talented in his chosen field. His dream was to buy a château in France and fill it with artists.

38 years later Jill continues to feel the loss of her beloved. She is grateful to loving friends who have supported her and her daughter.

Juel Blumenthal Morris passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 9, 2018, at the age of 99. A native San Franciscan, she was the adored daughter of the late Ben and Minnie Blumenthal. She shared 66 wonderful years of marriage with the late Frank Morris. She was the beloved mother of Gary and Letty Morris and Cindy and Craig Morris; devoted grandmother to Jennifer and Michael Ginsburg, Wendy and Marc Levine, Allyson Morris and Evan Rothschild, and Jayson Morris and TBD; a most special “GG” to Charlie, Zach, and Julia Ginsburg, and Meredith and Wyatt Levine.

Juel was the dear sister of the late Herbert and Lucy Mae Blumenthal and Estelle Blumenthal and the sister-in-law of the late Raymond and Marjorie Morris; cherished niece of Hillie and the late Gladys Blumenthal. Aunt Julie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Juel was the definition of a lady and lived a long, happy, and productive life surrounded by family and friends. She will be forever in our hearts. Private funeral services were held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to your favorite charity.

Joseph "Joe" Starr (right)
Joseph “Joe” Starr (right)

Joseph “Joe” Starr was born on November 1, 1918 in Portland, Maine. Beloved husband of 66 years of Ruth Starr. Son of Ida and Max Star; brother of Manny (and Edna) Star, Jack Starr, Ethel (and Harry) Gursky, and Betty (and David) Avrech; son-in-law of Regina and Aaron Silver; brother-in-law of Samuel and Phoebe Silver; and uncle of Thomas Star, Leatrice Gursky Lacher, Beverly Gursky, Beverly and Leon Avrech and their children and grandchildren, and Shoshana and Stephen Aaron Silver and their children Samuel Jared “Sammy” Silver and Sophie Jerusha Rose Silver.

Remembered with love.

John W. Weiss MD, loving father, distinguished dermatologist, avid golfer, happy convertible driver, inveterate traveler, operaphile, and loving companion, died the night of 31 October 2018. He would have been 85 on 14 February.

His proudest achievements were his sons, Bill and Paul, and his profession as a full professor of dermatology at both UCSF and at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, as well as his practices in both Evanston, IL and Castro Valley, CA. He was a very happy and proud husband of his late wife Suzanne, whose life, as did his, ended too soon. And he was adored by his companion, Heidi, “my lifetime companion.”

He was born on 14 February 1934 to Alex and Nellie Weiss and grew up in Milwaukee, WI, the youngest of three. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he attended the University of Wisconsin Medical School, followed by residency in dermatology at the University of Chicago. He became chairman of the department of dermatology at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, where he served from 1969 to 1985 while also building a busy practice in Evanston, IL. In 1992 he and Suzanne relocated to the Bay Area, where he served on the faculty of UCSF as full professor of dermatology as well as building a practice in Castro Valley.

Mere words can’t convey the treasure that was he. Donations to the University of Wisconsin Medical School are his choice of remembrance.

(Sinai Lafayette)