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Deceased Name: EGAL FELDMAN

Egal Feldman, scholar and professor, passed away in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, on Aug. 21.

 

He was the author of five books, the most recent of which (''Catholics and Jews in Twentieth-Century America'' 2001) won the Council of Wisconsin Writers Kenneth Kingery Book-Length Scholarly Award for the best scholarly book of 2001 written by a Wisconsin writer. Feldman was born on April 9, 1925, to the late Moshe and Chaya Feldman in New York City. He grew up there, graduating from Haaren High School. In his youth, he was a featherweight lifter. winning the National AAU Junior Weightlifting Championship in his weight class in 1945. He received the B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1950, the M.A. from New York University in 1954, and the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He taught for over 35 years, beginning his college teaching career as an assistant professor at the University of Texas - Arlington in 1960. In 1966, he was hired as an associate, subsequentially full, professor by the University of Wisconsin - Superior, where he not only taught American History and courses on Israel and the Middle East, but served for four years as the Dean of the College of Letters and Science and for sixteen years as Chairperson of the Department of History. He retired from full-time teaching in 1994. Feldman's earlier books included ''Dual Destinies: The Jewish Encounter with Protestant America'' (1990), and ''The Dreyfus Affair and the American Conscience. 1895-1906'' (1981). He contributed chapters and essays to such other books as ''L'Affaire Dreyfus de A a Z'' ''Anti-Semitism in American History'' ''Encyclopedia of Southern History'' ''Encyclopedia Judaica'' and ''American Vistas.'' His scholarly articles were widely published in such journals as ''Jounral of Church and State'' ''Cimarron Review'' ''Judaism'' ''Middle East Review'' and ''Jewish Social Studies.'' He reviewed books for ''American Historical Review'' ''The Journal of American History'' ''American Jewish Historical Quarterly'' and ''The Journal of American Ethnic History.'' among others. He was a fourtime recipient of the University of Wisonsin - Superior Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Contribution to Contemporary Concerns. During his career, he also received the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Research and was named Teacher of the Year, as well as being given grants for scholarly study. Feldman gave invited lectures at the Sorbonne (University of Paris); the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis. He gave frequent papers at such conferences as those of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, American Studies Association, European Studies Association, The Great Lakes Historical Conference, and the Annual Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. Locally, he was often consulted by journalists for his analyses of Israeli politics and Middle Eastern affairs. He was also featured as Historical Commentator in the WDSE - TV documentary entitled ''Silent Cal' Goes Fishing,'' made in commemoration of President Calvin Coolidge's fondness of fishing the Brule River. Feldman was a member of and served President of Temple Beth El in Superior. In recent years, he was an active member of Temple Israel in Duluth and served on its Board of Directors.

 

His survivors include his wife, Joan Bischoff. He is also survived by three daughters, Tyla (Mitchell) Portnoy, Paradise Valley, Ariz., Auora (Ken) Goldfine, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Naomi (Scott) Gauthier, Paradise Valley, Ariz. There are seven grandchildren, Mia Portnoy, Max, Tovah, and Ben Goldfine, and Noa, Elle, and Eva Gauthier. A surviving twin sister, Zahavah Feldman, lives in New York City.

 

FUNERAL SERVICES:10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Temple Israel, Duluth, followed by interment in Tifereth Cemetery, Duluth, and luncheon at The Inn on the Lake, Canal Park, at 1 p.m. There will be a shiva beginning at 7 p.m. that same evening at 2019 Weeks Avenue, Superior. Memorials may be made to University of Wisconsin - Superior Foundation (earmarked ''Building Fund'') or to the Hebrew School Fund of Library Fund of Temple Israel. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St.

 

Duluth News-Tribune (MN)

Date: August 23, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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