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association with Wayne State
University, where he served
as professor of music for 47
years. He was at the temple
for 55 years.
During his tenure at Beth
El, which ended last year
when illness curtailed his ac-
tivites, the temple treated
him and his wife to a tribute
dinner which recalled his
tireless devotion to the con-
gregation and to the Jewish
community in general. It was
not unusual for Mr. Tickton to
teach Jewish music to
children whose grandparents
were once his students.
"No one in all of North
America has served a
synagogue for as long and
with the same amount of
devotion as Jason," said Rab-
bi Richard C. Hertz, Temple
Beth El's rabbi emeritus. "He
never missed a service in all
those years.
"The children loved him.
He watched the generations,
from the time they were bless-
ed, consecrated, confirmed,
married and buried. He was
a part of every family in the
temple. He and his wife
Mamie were living legends in
their own time."
He was the first music
educator to receive the Presi-
dent's Award for Excellence
in leaching and twice receiv-
ed the Adult Education Prize
for Creativity in the Arts. He
was a lecturer for the DSO,
taught a WSU course on radio
and wrote numerous articles.
His communal and profes-
sional memberships included
Temple Beth El and its
brotherhood, American Guild
of Organists, Phi Mu Alpha
National Music Fraternity
and the Guild of Temple
Musicians, the WSU Retirees
Club and the National
Association of Temple
Educators.
Among his credits is a
Shabbat service he composed,
Tefilot Beth El (Songs of Beth
El), in honor of the temple. It
has been performed in more
than 400 temples nationwide.
But Mr. Tickton was not
alone in his activities. Not on-
ly did he share a marriage
with the former Mamie
Maldawsky, but the two held
a long association with the
temple, serving a combined
101 years, he as music direc-
tor and she as choir director.
They did many things
together — especially talk.
Ask one of them a question
and they both answered in
unison. For reporters trying
to do an interview, it created
a nightmare, but it really was
a sign of the devotion the cou-
ple had for each other.
One of Mr. Tickton's
greatest joys was to go out to
lunch and to take as many

friends as possible, never let-
ting himself be the guest.
But, somehow, he was always
the guest of honor, delighting
his friends with stories about
his experiences, both past and
present. Last year, at the end
of a luncheon which included
among his guests his then-
future daughter-in-law, Carol,
Mr. Tickton asked what they
wanted for dessert. When the
menu showed an item called
"Chocolate Mozart," the
guests were compelled to
order it in tribute to their
music teacher friend.
While at Beth El, Mr.
Tickton once estimated he
played music for more than
2,000 weddings, sometimes
for second and third genera-
tions of the same family.
To John Redfield, the tem-
ple's honorary cantor, the
Tickton legacy will live long
into the future. "His great
gift as a teacher and human
being will be perpetuated
from generation to genera-
tion."
Besides his wife, Mamie,
Mr. Tickton leaves a son, Dr.
Stanley of Virginia Beach,
Va.; a brother, Sidney of
Chevy Chase, Md.; and three
grandchildren. ❑

Panel Debates
Mideast Policy

The Detroit Federation
Community Forum will
discuss from four different
viewpoints the question
"Should U.S. Mideast Policy
be Changed?" at the United
Hebrew Schools building on
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The panel will consist of:
Steven Goldin, Herut-USA;
Jeffrey Sherman, Michigan
Committee for a Safe Israel;
Prof. Boaz Siegel, Labor
Zionist Alliance; and Sherwin
Tukel, Zionist Organization
of America. The forum
moderator will be Leon War-
shay, ZOA public affairs
chairman and WSU professor
of sociology.
Goldin is a member of the
national executive of Herut-
USA and vice president of its
Detroit Chapter. Siegel was
WSU professor of law from
1952 to 1972 and now is pro-
fessor emeritus. He is legal
counsel to many health and
welfare, pension and sup-
plemental unemployment
trust funds. Tukel has been
president of the Metro-Detroit
Chapter, Zionist Organiza-
tion of America.
Norman Naimark, presi-
dent, Detroit Zionist Federa-
tion, said the forum is the
fourth in the ongoing series
sponsored by his coalition of
21 local Jewish organizations
and is intended to encourage
dialogue.

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