veteran Dr. Aaron Miller


age 94, of Newton, died peacefully at home on Monday, October 10th.  A respected physician and researcher for 38 years, he was a mentor to many hematologists in the Boston area and touched the lives of thousands of patients. In addition to his professional work, he was an avid tomato gardener, walker, and tennis player, playing well into his seventies.

Aaron was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of immigrants from Russia and Poland. He attended City College of New York where he played varsity basketball on the college’s nationally ranked team.  He served in the Army during World War II and was a medic in the 30th Infantry Division, known as “Old Hickory”.  He landed in Normandy five days after D-Day and saw action in France and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge.  He was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest military decoration for valor, a distinction that he humbly and self-effacingly referred to as “a mistake”.

After the war Aaron attended medical school at the University of Rochester, and completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain. He practiced medicine at the VA Hospital for his entire career and also held a faculty appointment at Boston University School of Medicine.

In 1949 Aaron married Marilyn Barlin, also from Brooklyn. They met at the Laurels Hotel and Country Club in the Catskills where they both worked during the summer of 1943.  She shared his passion for literature, music, movies.  They spent many days walking in Newton with a special fondness for Crystal Lake, Bullough’s Pond, and the former Weeks Junior High School.

Dr. Miller was a hematologist and did important research on vitamin B12 absorption in the body, among other things. He was part of a research team at the VA that made many contributions to the fields of hematology and oncology.

Dr. Miller is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 67 years, his daughter Julie and her husband Paul Dansereau of Boston, his sister, Beatrice Donovan of Evanston, Illinois, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

“In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or to Doctors Without Borders. A memorial service for Dr. Miller will be held at the First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church Street, Watertown, MA on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the Miller residence in Newton.“

veteran Norman Lapin

Age 94, of Newton and Palm Beach, FL, on Oc­tober 24, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Shir­ley Rose (Shapiro) Lapin. Dear son of the late Harry and Dorothy (Fleitman) Lapin. Devoted father of Gail Fox (James), and Nancy Landau (Michael). Dear grandfather of Lindsay Sklar (Adam), and Alys­sa and Chelsea Landau. Great-grandfather of Asher and Lake Sklar. Loving brother of Myra Pransky (Robert) and the late Leonard Lapin. Dear uncle to many nieces and nephews. Service will be private. Memo­rial observance will be at the home of Gail and James Fox on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Remembrances may be made to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Develop­ment Office, 116 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116.

Joan Susan Friedman

Of Wayland, on October 22, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Harris Friedman, D.D.S.  Devoted mother of Kate Boyle (Jeff).  Loving grandmother of Dylan and Brooks.  Graveside service at Mt. Ararat Cemetery, 1165 Rt. 109, Lindenhurst, NY, Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 10:30 am.

veteran Ed L. Richmond




Ed Richmond was born in Boston on July 17, 1926, to Herman Richmond and Rhoda (Beggelman) Richmond. He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Midge Nathanson of Newton, and his son Ron Richmond of Concord. He is survived by his devoted wife Lisa (Liss) Richmond, his brother Yale Richmond and his wife Phyllis Gestrin of Washington, D.C., his children Angel (Wendy) Richmond of Winchester, Stephen Richmond and wife Julie Weinstein of Sudbury, William (Billy) Richmond and wife Cher Richmond of Madison, Connecticut, and daughter in law Ha (Nguyen) Richmond of Concord, and his grandchildren Ben, Jordan, Cameron, Ian, Kijana, Dylan, Ethan, Mai and Tal.

Ed graduated from Boston College with Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees, and then from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was discharged with the rank of Ensign.

Ed practiced law for 40 years, first in Boston at the firms of Bloom, Deutsch & Richmond, and Richmond, Kassler, Feinberg & Feuer, and later as a sole practitioner in Newton Centre. As a lawyer, Ed was passionate about his charitable and pro bono work. He served as chairperson of the Newton Committee for Fair Housing and Equal Rights, chairperson of the Social Action Committee and member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel in Boston, director of the Simons-Gutman Charitable Foundation, member of the Executive Board of the Newton Community Peace Center, member of the Board of Governors of the Newton Art Center, and an active member of the Rehabilitation Services Committee.

Ed handled many pro bono legal cases throughout his career, and in perhaps his favorite case he won the unconditional release of an inmate who had previously been charged with committing a serious offense and, without ever having been offered a trial, had been locked up for 36 years in an institution for the insane. Upon securing his release, he walked the man from the courthouse into freedom, and he loved to tell how his client seemed like Rip Van Winkle, amazed by the cars, tall buildings and revealing clothing.

Perhaps his fondest professional memories were of his fourteen years of service as Alderman in the City of Newton. Ed loved politics and he was proud of being an activist. He served on almost every aldermanic committee, including as Chairman of the City’s Finance Committee for eight years, and Chairman of the Education Committee, Public Buildings Committee, and Committee on Cable Communications. He was particularly proud of having drafted and co-sponsored the ordinances which created the City’s Cultural Affairs Commission and Urban Beautification Commission, and numerous land use ordinances that controlled commercial growth in the City.

Graveside service at Chevra Mishnias Cemetery, 19 Washington Street, Woburn on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at 1:00pm. Family and friends may visit at the home of Lisa Liss Richmond on Sunday 3-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ed’s memory to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Robert Speen



Robert (Bob) Speen of Framingham, MA passed away on Monday, October 17 after battling a long illness. Devoted husband for 61 years to his wife Sonya and beloved father of Jeffrey Speen and his wife Trish of Mendon, MA. Bob also leaves his dear big brother George Speen of Dedham, MA and many loving nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother William Speen and sister Bertha Glatzer.
Born in Boston on April 29, 1930 to Russian immigrant parents, Bessie and Harry Speen, Bob was raised in Roxbury and Dorchester and was a graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke H.S. He was a top-notch salesman for his brother’s footwear business, Speen and Company, for nearly forty years. He enjoyed travel so much that he continued to work nationwide trade shows for the company even after retirement. Bob had an avid interest in business, politics and sports and was a lifelong Red Sox fan. He was an award winning bowler and maintained daily workouts at his favorite health club well into his senior years. With a close circle of friends he enjoyed weekly poker games and membership in an impromptu local “Breakfast Club.” He spent many happy summers at the family home on Cape Cod where he enjoyed the company of family and friends.
Bob’s family wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Wingate at Sudbury for their tender and loving care throughout Bob’s stay at the facility.
There will be a graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Thursday, October 20 at 11:45 am. Following the service family and friends are invited to his residence until 7:30 pm, and from 12-4 pm on Friday Oct. 21. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062.

Carolyn Savary


Carolyn  Savary-Of Ashland,on October 17, 2016.Beloved wife of Douglas A. Savary. Devoted mother of Gary Lerner and his wife Jill, Millie Kateman and her husband Jonathan, Kate Stoller and her husband John, Carolyn Zwonik and her husband Richard, and David Savary. Cherished grandmother of Amanda, Corey, Joshua, Benjamin, Samantha, Abby, Jackie, Lilly, Ryan and Danny. Dear sister of Rabbi Ken Block. Services at Temple Sinai,25 Canton St., Sharon, on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 11:00am. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, memorial observance will be at the home of Millie and Jonathan Kateman until 8pm, Friday 1-4pm, Saturday 7-9pm and Sunday 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances to The American Liver Foundation, New England Division,188 Needham St., Suite 240,Newton, MA 02464.

Howard B. Berman

Howard B.  Berman

Of Brookline, at age 73, after a long battle with brain and lung cancer, on October 15, 2016.Dear son of the late Peter and Rose (Krinsky) Berman. Loving brother of Joseph Berman, Bernice Rose and her husband Charles, all of Brookline, and  Marilyn Doris Rose and her husband David of Marblehead. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services are private. Visitors are welcome to the home of Bernice and Charles Rose, Wednesday and Thursday 7-9pm, and Friday 1-3pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances to a charity of your choice.

Menachem (Milton) Katz

Menachem (Milton) Katz of Jerusalem, Israel,on October 17,2016. Beloved husband of Marilyn (Levine) Katz. Devoted father of Ronna Katz, Lisa Silverman and her husband, Dr. Bernard Silverman, Dana Katz and his wife Ariela. Dear grandfather of Michael Silverman, Adi Katz, Becky Katz, Rachel Silverman and Alex Katz. Dear brother of the late Nathan Katz. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm. Family and friends may visit at the home of Ariela and Dana Katz on Friday 9-3 pm, Saturday 6:30-9:30 pm and Sunday 11-5 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St Fl. 2, Boston, MA 02110.

veteran Arthur H. Abelow

of Watertown, on October 16, 2016. Beloved husband of Claire (Strumer) Abelow. Devoted father of Lynda Babcock (Reginald) and Miki Abelow (David Smith). Loving grandfather of Katharine, James, Nathaniel, Elena, and Lexie. Cherished great-grandfather of Caroline. Dear brother of Rita Cocose and the late Selma Lebowitz. Graveside service at Beth Israel Memorial Park, 190 South St., Waltham, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 1 PM. Donations in his memory may be made to a local veteran’s organization or food bank of your choosing.


veteran Herbert Leo Rubin

Of Newton, on October 16, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Edith (Machenberg) Rubin. Dear companion of Sandra Sklar. Devoted father of Susan Cipriano (Mark), Amy Rubin Brickman,  Robert Rubin (Justine), Michael (Lesley) Sklar, and Stuart Sklar (Mark McIntire). Loving grandfather of Matthew (Jennifer), Jonathan, Elyssa, Catie, Emily, Jeremy, Nathan, Edith, Zachary, Scott and Brittany. Cherished great-grandfather of Elizabeth, Allison and Kenneth III. Brother of the late Elinor Kaplan. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon (gather behind administration building) on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm. Memorial observance at the home of Amy Rubin Brickman following the service on Wednesday until 7 pm, Thursday 1-4 and 6-9 pm, and Friday 1-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or Make-a-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114.

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