Monday, December 17, 2007

Dr Seymour Jotkowitz a"h

It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of my old friend,classmate and
colleague Dr Seymour (Skippy ) Jotkowitz A'H .

The 'Skip' or Skippy as he was known,was a warm and dedicated individual, who loved life.He was a husband, father, grandfather and brother .In that role,nothing mattered to him more than family.

He was my classmate in Yeshiva College,and it was there that we began our close friendship.He went on to Medical School,and a practice in Neurology.His keen intellect,and love of learning, allowed him to become a Professor at the Medical School.Even when he was in poor health,he only looked forward to going back to teach.

Skip,was a " colorful" character , and every one of his friends had some piece of folklore about Skip.But, the common thread, was his decency and his humanity.

He was a big BAAL TZEDAKA was something he learned at home.Indeed, his warm personality was developed from his parents of blessed memory,and of whom I fondly recall.

He was an ardent Zionist,and supported Torah institutions in Israel and the US.He never turned down a cause..So often, he would ask me if I needed money for HUVPAC, even though he lived in Teaneck.

He had a wonderful family,and through personal tragedies and illnesss Annette ,his wife ,and the children were there without complaint.


May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Israel.