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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-01-16

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A Great Fan And Generous Man

Barbara Lewis

I Contributing Writer

rthur "Art" Langer of
Farmington Hills was thrilled
when his beloved Michigan
State Spartans won a spot to play in the
Rose Bowl on New Year's Day — the first
time in 26 years.
"His dream was to take his children
and grandchildren to Pasadena to see the
game," said his wife, Gail.
"This was big time:' she said. "People
kept calling and congratulating him
when the Spartans made it to Rose
Bowl. Art always wore green-and-white
Michigan State attire and even an MSU
yarmulke. He had green blood — his love
for MSU was infectious. The Rose Bowl
was his triumph!"
Art bought tickets to the game for
everyone and flew to Pasadena with Gail,
but he never got to see the Rose Bowl in
person. He fell ill before the game and
had to watch MSU's 24-20 victory over
Stanford on his hotel room TV. But his
family got to realize his dream by attend-
ing the game.
Later, Gail took Art back to Phoenix,
Ariz., where they have a second home.
He was hospitalized and died suddenly
on Jan. 6, 2014, at age 71.
Art was vice-president and co-owner
of Medical Weight Loss Clinic Inc., a
company he helped found in 1986. He
served as its chief operating officer. The
physician-supervised program began with
eight clinics and grew to 32 locations.
Art grew up in New York. He attended
the Torah V'Emunah yeshivah and grad-
uated from the prestigious Stuyvesant
High School. As a Michigan State stu-
dent majoring in advertising, he served



formerly of Southfield,
died Dec. 21, 2013, in
Boca Raton, Fla.
Mrs. Bailey retired
from Southfield Public
Schools after a long
career as a guidance
counselor. She will be
She was the cherished mother of
Richard (Patty) Gilbert and Andrea
Gilbert (partner, Gail Logan); loving
grandmother of Jeff (Sarah) Ellis, Erica
(Rex Hoffmann) Ellis, Jessica (Justin)
Libecap; soon-to-be five great-grand-
children; adored aunt of Ted (Carol)
Bahr, Marilyn Esner and Diane Bahr.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Robert E. Bailey; sister of the late Sara

60 January 16 • 2014


as advertising editor for the student
our Hillel without Art. This is a great
newspaper, the State News, a role he was
loss not only to his family but also to our
proud of all his life.
On his first day of classes at MSU, he
Art also served on the advisory board
met the late Stephen Paull, who soon
of the Jewish studies program at MSU.
became his best friend and eventually his
Art was a wonderful employer, said
Sander Lipman, D.O., one of the physi-
business partner in Medical Weight Loss
cians who worked for Medical Weight
Art was a longtime MSU football sea-
Loss Clinics and a close personal friend.
son ticket holder. His frequent tailgate
"He loved to party with his employ-
parties were known as the place to get
ees:' said Lipman, noting every year he
a kosher hot dog. He and
would hold a big Christmas
his family would celebrate
party at Congregation Beth
Shalom in Oak Park. "The
Michigan State wins with
hot fudge sundaes.
food was kosher, but Art
He also enjoyed tak-
would dress up as Santa
ing his grandchildren to
Claus and come in with
Michigan State's annual
presents for everyone. He
Grandparents' University, a
was a good friend who had a
three-day program where
big heart"
he could show off his alma
Art enjoyed golf. He knew
mater to his grandchildren
the kind of golf balls each
player in his league pre-
and reconnect with class-
Arthur Lang er
ferred, and he would often
give them as gifts.
Hillel Booster
A mutual friend introduced Art and
Art was committed to a Jewish pres-
Gail because, he said, "your kids look
ence at Michigan State. He was deeply
alike:' During the seven years they dated,
involved with its Hillel program, on
Gail's children, Randee and Debby, root-
which he served as president. He played a ed for him over other suitors by chanting,
critical role in the fundraising campaign
"We love Art!" The Langers married in
that led to the new campus Hillel build-
1985. Their blended family included Art's
ing, ensuring that current and future
daughter, Robin.
Jewish students at the university would
"They were one big happy family:' said
have a place to call their own.
Lipman. "No one looking at them would
MSU Hillel Director Cindy Hughey said guess that the kids were not siblings from
the Hillel would not be the dynamic place birth"
it is today without the vision and commit-
Beth Shalom Leader
ment of Art, one of its best advocates.
"He was a wonderful friend to me, and A longtime member of Beth Shalom, Art
he was so proud of everything we had
served as the congregation's president
accomplished for Jewish college students
from 1995-1997 and was a key figure in
at MSU," she said. "It is hard to imagine
the renovation of the synagogue's social

(Bernie) Bahr; devoted daughter of
the late Rebecca and the late Theodore

took place at the Beth El Memorial Park
Cemetery in Livonia. Arrangements by
the Dorfman Chapel.


of Hazel Park, died Jan.
7, 2014.
She is survived by
her son, Allan Howard
Cherry Cadreau;
daughter, Rachel
Hannah Cherry;
mother, Russi Arden;
brother, Justin Arden.
Lisa was the devoted daughter of the
late Capt. Allan Cherry; the loving sister
of the late Howard H. Cherry and the
late Ben Arden.
Contributions may be made to the
Michigan Humane Society, Development

Bloomfield, died Jan. 9, 2014.
He is survived by his sister, Sally
Cymerint of Oak Park; sister-in-law,
Jean Maggid; nieces and nephews,
Roger (Peggy) Maggid, Joyce White,
Linda (John) Blankenship, and Jeffrey
(Debrah) Cymerint; many other loving
family members and friends.
Mr. Bellow was the beloved husband
of the late Rosalind Bellow; the brother-
in-law of the late Harry Cymerint and
the late Bob Maggid.
Contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society or to the
Michigan Humane Society. Interment


hall and the building of the school wing.
Gail Langer served as president from
2001-2003, making the Langers the
congregation's first husband-and-wife
Art was known for his generosity. He
often helped people with personal needs,
such as down payments on their houses,
usually without fanfare.
"Art always gave with an open heart;'
said David Nelson, rabbi emeritus at Beth
Shalom, who officiated at the funeral.
"Once during his presidency, as he sat on
the bimah, he noticed that a young man
who was leading Ashrei the week before
his bar mitzvah was wearing an ill-fitting
suit and what appeared to be his father's
"Art turned to me and said, 'Make
sure you give the boy $200 at a private
moment;" Rabbi Nelson said. "The next
week the boy looked fashionable — and
no one knew that Art was behind it:'
Arthur Langer is survived by his
wife, Gail; daughters, Robin (Christian)
Goerrissen of Chatsworth, Calif., Randee
(Michael) Black of Farmington Hills,
Debby (David) Schilling of Fenton;
grandchildren, Marlie Fishlowitz, Julie
Klein, Jacob Black, Kayla Schilling,
McKenna Schilling, Nicholas Schilling;
brother, Paul (Fran) Langer; brothers-
and sisters-in-law, Seymour and Francine
Linovitz and Raymond and Carol
Contributions may be made to the
Hillel Foundation of Michigan State
University, Lester J. and Jewell Morris
Jewish Student Center, 360 Charles St.,
East Lansing, MI 48823, www.
msuhillel.org; or to a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
Chapel. ❑

Department, 30300 Telegraph Road,
Suite 220, Bingham Farms, MI
48025, www.michiganhumane.org.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

MICHAEL ELMAN, 64, of Farmington

Hills, died Jan. 10, 2014.
He is survived by his brother, Alan
Elman; sister, Susan Ulintz of New York;
nephew, Jordan Ulintz; many loving,
dear friends.
Mr. Elman was the dear brother-in-
law of the late Peter Ulintz.
Contributions may be made to a char-
ity of one's choice. Interment was held at
Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery
in Livonia. Arrangements by Hebrew
Memorial Chapel.

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