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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-18

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Local Doctor, A Renaissance Man


R. JOHN GREKIN, 95, of
Bloomfield Hills, died Oct. 8,
He lived a remarkably full life, pursu-
ing his many interests with the joy and
enthusiasm that characterized him. Dr.
Grekin was born in Detroit on April
9, 1917, the son of Pauline and Joseph
Grekin. He attended Highland Park
Junior College and the University of
Michigan. He graduated seventh in his
class from the University of Michigan
Medical School in 1941 and completed
residency training in dermatology at the
University of Michigan in 1944.
From 1944 to 1946, he served as a
captain in the Public Health Service in
Savannah, Ga., caring for large numbers
of U.S. servicemen. After completing
his service, he returned to Detroit and
opened a dermatology practice.
In 1951, he and Oscar Schwartz
became partners; and together they
maintained a highly successful dermatol-
ogy practice for more than 40 years.
He was an adjunct professor at Wayne
State University Medical School, where
he gave yearly lectures on fungal dis-

ease, his area of expertise; and he also
served as the director of dermatology for
Children's Hospital. Dr. Grekin retired
from practice in 1997.
He met Zivia (Zee) Seltzer in 1935
at Camp Nahelu where
they were both counsel-
ors and married her five
years later. They created
an amazingly successful
partnership that lasted
for 72 years, sustaining a
mutual devotion through-
out their lives. Despite
the demands of a busy
practice, he was a devoted
father to his three chil-
dren, generous with his
time, supportive of all
Dr. Grekin
their endeavors and end-
lessly loving. He filled his
95 years with adventure, learning and
fun. He and his wife were world travel-
ers for 50 years, visiting more than 130
countries. They ballooned over France,
watched birds in the Pribiloff Islands,
slept in tents in central Asia and were
stranded in Bhutan. They savored every

PETER R. DRESCHER, 57, of Whitmore
Lake and Port Huron, died Oct. 7, 2012.
He is survived by his beloved Micki;
mother, Connie Drescher of Port Huron;
children, Jaclyn, Aaron and Andrea;
brother and sister-in-law, Charles and
Robin Drescher of Seattle, Wash.; neph-
ew, Max Ryan Drescher; many loving
family members and friends.
Mr. Drescher was the son of the late
Philip Drescher.
Contributions may be made to the Port
Huron Yacht Club, the Sarnia Yacht Club
or to a charity of one's choice. Interment
took place at the Clover Hill Park
Cemetery in Birmingham. Arrangements
by Dorfman Chapel.

Toni Hewin.
Interment was at Hebrew Memorial
Park Cemetery. Contributions may be
made to Jewish Hospice & Chaplaincy
Network, 6555 W. Maple, West
Bloomfield, MI 48322, www.
jewishhospice.org ; ALZQUILTS.ORG,
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, 1200
Creekwood Trail, Burton, MI 48509,
www.alzquilts.org ; or to a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman

West Bloomfield, died
Oct. 11, 2012.
She is survived by her
husband of 60 years,
Herbert Eidelman;
sons and daughters-in-
law, Jeff Eidelman of
California, and Michael
and Julia Eidelman of Chicago; daughter
and son-in-law, Lynn and Jeff Aleman of
Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Sara
and Diego Renteria, Rachel Eidelman,
Jason Aleman, Eric Aleman, Emily
Eidelman, Joe Eidelman and Annie Rose
Eidelman; great-granddaughter, Lilly
Renteria; friends, relatives and caretaker,

IRVING GLADSTONE, 85, of Livonia,
died Oct. 8, 2012.
He is survived by his beloved wife,
Estelle Gladstone of Livonia; son, David
Gladstone of Dallas, Texas; daughter,
Nancy Gladstone of Redford; grandchil-
dren, Max Kim (fiancee, Lacey Music),
Aaron Kim, Shayna Gladstone, Stephanie
Gladstone; many loving nieces, nephews,
other family members and friends.
Mr. Gladstone was the father of the
late Lorrie Ann Kirn; the brother of the
late Lee Gladstone, the late Gertrude
Segal, the late Hilda Jacobs, the late Jack
Gladstone, the late Yetta Saraquse and the
late Sandra Tracer.
Contributions may be made to the
Brain Tumor Research Center or to a
charity of one's choice. Interment took
place at the Clover Hill Park Cemetery in
Birmingham. Arrangements by Dorfman

adventure and loved meeting people
from around the world and learning
about their lives.
He loved music, opera, theater and
art, and regularly attended performances
by the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, the Michigan
Opera Theater and the
Chamber Music Society
of Detroit. For more than
30 years, Dr. Grekin orga-
nized yearly theater trips
to Stratford, Ontario, and
Niagara on the Lake. He
was an avid reader, not
afraid to tackle challeng-
ing works by Joyce, Proust
and others. Dr. Grekin
loved wine and became a
local expert in fine wines.
He was an avid golfer and
a committed sports fan. Most of all, Dr.
Grekin loved his family. He adored Zee
and was adored in return. He was a con-
stant source of love, support and counsel
to his children and their spouses. His
grandchildren had the privilege of grow-
ing up near him and getting to know

Huntsville, Ala., died Oct. 12, 2012.
He is survived by his daughters and
son-in-law, Debbie and Bob Stanley, Lynne
Greenbaum and Ann Sheree Greenbaum;
three grandchildren; three great-grand-
children; brother and sister-in-law, Cantor
Samuel and Mona Greenbaum; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Harriet and George Klein,
Helen and Bruce Schwab, and Bobbie and
Kenneth Jacobson.
Mr. Greenbaum was the beloved hus-
band of the late Carolyn Greenbaum;
the loving father of the late Gilbert
Greenbaum; the dear brother of the late
Lillian Jaffe.
Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery
in Alabama. Contributions may be made
to Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 W.
Lincoln, Oak Park, MI 48237, www.
conbethshalom.org . This announcement
was placed at the request of the family by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.

DOROTHY KAUFMAN, of Farmington
Hills, died Oct. 9, 2012.
She is survived by her daughters and
son-in-law, Lauren Botney of Portland,
Ore., and Donna and Richard Weiss of
Birmingham; grandchildren, Jessica and
Lana Botney, and Jessica and Jacob Weiss;
loving nieces, nephews, cousins and
Mrs. Kaufman was thebeloved wife of


him well.
He is survived by his sons and daugh-
ter-in-law, Dr. Roger and Linda Grekin
of Ann Arbor, and Kenneth Grekin
and his spouse, Danny Wood, of New
York; daughter and son-in-law, Linda
and David Howard Shubow of Denver;
grandchildren, Joseph Grekin and Jenn
McKee, Joshua Grekin and Deleska
Crocket-Grekin, Dr. Emily Grekin and
Christopher Russell; great-grandchil-
dren, Lily and Neve Grekin McKee,
Maya and Zoey Grekin, Abigail and Kara
Russell; sisters-in-law and brother-in-
law, Shirley Grekin, and Ralph and Irene
Dr. Grekin was the dear brother of the
late Dr. Robert Grekin.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial
Park Cemetery. Contributions may
be made to the National Council of
Jewish Women, 26400 Lahser Road,
Suite 306, Southfield, MI 48033, www.
ncjwgds.org ; or to the Chamber Music
Society of Detroit, 31731 Northwestern
Highway, Suite 259 W, Farmington
Hills, MI 48334, www.comehearcmsd.
org . Arrangements by Ira Kaufman

the late Harold M. Kaufman.
Interment was at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be made to
National Council of Jewish Women, the
Dorothy and Harold Kaufman Scholarship
Fund, 26400 Lahser Road, Suite #306,
Southfield, MI 48033, www.ncjwgds.org ;
or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements
by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

Southfield, died Oct. 12,
Mr. Lang was born
in Detroit and was a
graduate of Detroit
Southwestern High
School. He was loved
dearly by family and
He is survived by his son and daugh-
ter-in-law, David and Marjory Lang of
Moreland Hills, Ohio; grandchildren,
Madelyn and Jonathan; sister, Elsie
Forman of West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Lang was predeceased by 15 months
by his wife of 60 years, Helen (Schonfeld)
Contributions may be made to the
Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 S.
Roxbury, Los Angeles, CA 90035; www.
wiesenthal.com . Interment was at Clover
Hill Park Cemetery in Birmingham.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Obituaries on.page 70

October 18 • 2012


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