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ESTHER ALLWEISS TSCHIRHART
Special to the Jewish News
Mr. Gorback first discovered his pas-
dard, smiling response was, "I look won-
sion for photography when he was told
to learn to operate a camera, as a way of
Mr. Gorback's affiliations included
ack Gorback had a gift for
saving money for his father's newspaper,
Mosaic Perfection Lodge and the
the Northwest Reporter. Mr. Gorback
bringing out smiles — and
Professional Photographers of America.
matching them with his own — attended Winona (Ind.) School of
He was a board member of the
during his more than 50 years as Professional Photography.
Professional Photographers of Michigan
a professional photographer in metro
Jack and Esther Gorback were lifelong
and past president of the Detroit
partners in the photography business, run Professional Photographers.
The perfectionism of the soft-spoken
for the first 12 years from the basement
Attorney Howard Gourwitz cherishes
founder ()flack Gorback Studio helped
of their Detroit home. For the past 28
his wall of Gorback Studio portraits at
thousands of families preserve their hap-
years, the studio has been housed in a
home. Speaking of his longtime friend,
piest times forever,
restored 1830s-era building in Franklin.
he said, "Jack was the only person I've
said his wife,
Son Les Gorback, who joined the busi- ever known that never said a bad word
ness at age 14 holding the photography
about someone else."
A major reason
lights high at bar mitzvahs and weddings,
Mr. Gorback was born in Detroit and
for the studio's suc- has worked with his father in a "model
graduated Central High School, where he
cess is that Mr.
relationship" for more than 40 years and
captained the swim team and ran hurdles
Gorback "endeared will continue the business.
in track. At age 18, he was drafted into
himself to people,"
In spite of "my parents' insistence that I the army and became a tank driver.
said Temple Israel
go to college and get a job with normal
"He landed during the second wave
hours, I was destined to grow up just like
after D-Day and was the first tank to roll
my dad," Les said.
into Berlin," said Rabbi Loss. "A cover
more than 1,000
Through the years, Mr. Gorback's
picture in Yank magazine shows him
people at the
schedule meant that family vacations to
meeting with a female Russian tank driver
funeral on Father's
South Haven and other places, including
who had come from the other direction."
Day at Ira Kaufman Chapel. Mr. Gor-
a home in Florida, often had to be jug-
One decoration he received during the
back, 78, of Farmington Hills, succumbed gled around other people's simchot and
war was the Purple Heart.
to prostate cancer on June 12, 2003.
Never far from his thoughts was Esther
The rabbi said Mr. Gorback "was a
"Dad had a quiet strength and even
Avrushin, the 15-year-old counselor-in-
gentleman; he was kind; he was warm-
with chronic back pain and carrying
training he met as a counselor in 1943 at
hearted. And he didn't just provide out-
around the heavy equipment, he never
former Camp Mehia, near Grand Rapids.
standing photographs. When you were
complained," said daughter Joy Gorback.
She said her "strict" parents allowed her
with him, you just felt good about this
He also battled cancer for 13 years, but
to go to New York to see him off to war,
when asked how he was, she said his stan- and "Jack returned in time to take me to
the prom" at Central High."
Always an affectionate, devoted couple,
the Gorbacks' example taught their
grandchildren and others "what a beauti-
ful relationship marriage can be," said
Three generations of Gorbacks visited
Israel with Temple Israel in 2000. Mr.
Gorback liked to wander off "to get the
perfect shot, framed in the way that he
wanted," said Rabbi Loss.
Jack Gorback is survived by his wife of
56 years, Esther Gorback; sons and
daughters-in-law, Leslie and Lyn Gorback
of West Bloomfield, Benjamin and Faye
Gorback of Franklin; daughter, Joy
Gorback of Calfomia; grandchildren,
Danielle and Ilana Gorback, Seth and
Jared Gorback, Lauryn and Jeremy
Bennett; sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Hattie and Seymour Schwartz.
He was the loving son of the late Ruth
and the late Harry Gorback; dear broth-
er-in-law of,the late Anne Fienman, the
late Edward Fienman, the late Helen
Weiss and the late Irving Weiss.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial
Park Contributions may be made to
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack,
Detroit, MI 48201; Karmanos Cancer
Institute, 18831 W 12 Mile, Lathrup
Village, MI 48076; or Temple Israel,
5725 Walnut Lake, West Bloomfield, MI
48323. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
RAKHIL ABRAMOVA, 65, of
Southfield, died June 13, 2003.
She is survived by her husband, Agaron
Davidov; son, Vadim Davidov of
Southfield; brothers and sister-in-law,
Rafael and Tamara Abramov of
Azerbaijan, Simon Abramov of Ukraine;
sisters, Sarah of Israel, Zoya of
Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Dworkin, Debra Dworkin, Jason
Dworkin. He was the beloved husband
of the late Evelyn Dworkin.
Contributions may be made to Young
Israel of Oak Park, 15150 W 10 Mile
Road, Oak Park, MI 48237; Jewish
National Fund; or NCSY, 15919 W. 10
Mile Rd., Suite 100, Southfield, MI
48075. Interment at Hebrew Memorial
Park Arrangements by Hebrew
WILLIAM BARRON, 84, of
Farmington Hills, died June 16, 2003.
He was a pharmacist. From 1946-1982
he was the owner of Hospital Drug Co.
Mr. Barron is survived by his sons and
daughters-in-law, Ronald and Diane
Barron of Bloomfield Hills, Howard and
Helen Barron of Farmington Hills, Smart
Barron; daughter and son-in-law, Eileen
and Howard Young of West Bloomfield;
grandchildren, Danielle and Andrew
Mayoras, Joshua Barron and Cassi
Winkelman, Jacob Barron, Nicole
Barron, Marc and Erin Young, Heather
Young and fiance Jeff
Mayoras and Ellie
Barron; brothers and
and Barbara Barron of
Southfield and Ernie
and Sandra Barron of
Florida. He was the
beloved husband of the late Rose Barron.
Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society, Crohn's and
Colitis Foundation or the Hospice of
Michigan. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
MORTON H. BOREN, 70, former
Detroiter of Sherman Oaks, Calif., died
June 10, 2003. He was a graduate of
Central High School and Wayne State
University Law School. He was admitted
to the Michigan Bar in 1957 and to the
California bar in 1961.
Mr. Boren was an assistant U.S. attor-
ney in the southern district of California.
He then entered into the private sector as
a litigation associate at an entertainment
law firm. Later, he went into partnership
with Ron Hauptman and became sole
practitioner when his partner became a
superior court commissioner. He was
noted as an outstanding criminal defense
attorney in the federal court system.
He is survived by his wife, Marie
Louise; children, Joseph Boren, Eve and
Tom Stout; sisters and brothers-in-law,
Diane and Sheldon Dzodian, Sondra and
Services were held at Mount Sinai
Memorial Park and Mortuary in
Hollywood Hills, Calif
HENRY DWORKIN, 95, of Oak Park,
died June 12, 2003.
He is survived by his sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, Sheldon and Sharon
Dworkin, Michael G. and Terri Dworkin
of Southfield; daughter, Helene Dworkin;
sister, Jean Katchem of Oak Park; grand-
children, Lauren and, Jeffrey Katz,
Wendy and Brian Kraiem, Geoffrey G.
83, of Livonia, died
June 12, 2003. For 36
years, she was an ele-
mentary teacher in
Mrs. Goldberg is
survived by her hus-
Goldberg of Livonia;
son, Fredric Goldberg
of New York; daughter-in-law, Rivka
Dushoff-Tobin; grandchildren, Deborah,.
Michelle and Roland "Fliezer" Goldberg;
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