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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-03-17

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Obituaries from page 59

LEO WEISS, 81, for-
merly of Southfield
of Las Vegas, Nev.,
died Jan. 13, 2011, in
He is survived by
son and daughter-
in-law Randy and
Leo Weiss
Dori Weiss of
Bloomfield Hills; daughter Pam Pont
of Arizona; daughter-in-law, Janice
Weiss of Tennessee; sister Lillian Mills
of Florida; brother, Dr. Sol Weiss of
California; grandchildren, Jill, Rachel
and Jaiden of Michigan, Lauren, Ryan
and Dan of Arizona, Andrew and
Jordan of Tennessee. Also survived by
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was the beloved father of the late
Howard Weiss.
Memorial services will be held
at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
Southfield at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5.
The family requests that memorial
contributions be made to the ALS or
Parkinson's foundations.

Bloomfield, died March 11, 2011. She
was the owner of Baggit in Southfield.
Mrs. Woolman is survived by her
husband of 60 years, Herb Woolman;
daughters and sons-in-law, Marla
and Jim Gartrell of West Bloomfield,
Linda and Rick Weinerman of West

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Bloomfield; son and
daughter-in-law, Rick
and Sandra Woolman
of West Bloomfield;
grandchildren, Jason
and Nikki Gartrell,
Heather Gartrell,
Karli Gartrell, Jared
Weinerman, Zach
Weinerman, Tyler Woolman and Julia
Woolman; great-grandchildren, Sydney
and Brady Gartrell; brother and sister-
in-law, Murray and Ilene Gittleman;
sister-in-law, Sheila Schussler. Mrs.
Woolman is also survived by her
caregivers, Mary Copeland and Jannye
Manning, and many loving nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
She was the devoted daughter of
the late Pearl and the late Hymie
Gittleman, the cherished sister of the
late Skippy Gittleman, and the dear
sister-in-law of the late Art Schussler,
the late Barbara and the late Iry
Interment at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be
directed to Parkinson's Foundation of
Michigan, 30400 Telegraph Road, Suite
150, Bingham Farms, MI 48025, www.
parkinsonsmi.org; or Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Michigan, 230 Huron
View Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48103,
www.wishmich.org . Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.

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Joseph Zucker

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Harry Averbuch
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Edward Tarnopol
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Max H. Salian
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March 17 2011


am Chwat, a troo-bloo Noo
Yawkuh born in Brooklyn, who
founded a speech therapy clinic
that has aided the famous as well as the
average to lose, or add, regional accents
and speech impediments, died March 3
at 57.
Chwat, whose grandparents immi-
grated to the United States from Russia,
worked with A-list celebrities such as
Robert DeNiro, Kathleen Turner, Julia
Roberts, Patrick Stewart, Jude Law, Andie
Macdowell and Isabella Rossellini.
He helped Leonardo DiCaprio trade his
standard American English for a New York
accent in Basketball Diaries, and taught
Tony Danza to trade his New York accent
for standard American English and other
accents. By his own website's list, he taught
actress Marcia Gay Harden a Brooklyn-
Jewish accent for what became her Oscar-
winning role as Lee Krasner in Pollack,
and actress Michelle Lee a Jewish New
York accent.
Chwat often was called "Henry Higgins
to the stars" for his celebrity work, which
also brought him significant media atten-
tion. Just five months ago, the New York
Times called him "the dean of speech

In a business mag-
azine profile in 2006,
Chwat said he did
"detective" work to
help his clients over-
come impediments in
their speech. He told
the Los Angeles Times
that "In every culture,
Sam Chwat
your verbal expres-
sion is considered an
index of how smart you are. ... Your speech
pattern, your word choice and your gram-
mar are all considered indications of your
intelligence and sophistication. It's a false
assumption, but it's a popular one'
Chwat was born in Brooklyn. After earn-
ing a master's degree in speech pathol-
ogy from Columbia University Teachers
College in 1977, he began to work in the
field. In 1984, a Hispanic supermarket
executive told him he worried that his
accent was hindering his career, which
helped Chwat focus his work.
"You can afford to find accents charm-
ing as long as you're part of the power
structure that has the accent of the ruling
class',' Chwat said in 2006.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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