With Heavy Hearts
Martin Linsey: 1935-2015
Martin Linsey, passed away from cancer last night — less than two months after the death of his wife, Miriam Rose Linsey. A virtually inseparable couple, the Linseys never publicly disclosed that they were the source of hundreds of charitable gifts made through the ROLIN Fund (an abbreviation of their surnames). A greenhouse they underwrote for the Columbus Jewish Day School’s environmental program was completed a day prior to Martin’s death. The Linsey family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Linsey Fund for Early Childhood Education here at the Foundation. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM at Temple Israel on Sunday, July 12.
Saul Sokol: 1920-2015
Insurance professional Saul Sokol passed away this week at age 95. Sokol established a scholarship fund at the Columbus Jewish Foundation for outstanding members of the local BBYO chapter. The Sokol family named the Phyllis and Saul Sokol BBYO Fund as a beneficiary of memorial gifts.
Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children from Holocaust, Dead at 106
Sir Winton was bewildered when compared with Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg. “Why did I do it?” he asked. “Some people revel in taking risks, and some go through life taking no risks at all.” Uncertain as to how many refugee children he could get England to accept, Winton wrote directly to President Roosevelt in 1939 about the “desperately urgent situation.” Many Czech Jewish children are “quite destitute,” he wrote, “Is it possible for anything to be done to help us with this problem in America?” The State Department responded that there was nothing the United States could do. The annual quota for immigrants from Czechoslovakia was never filled during the Hitler years.