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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Marvin Chernoff

Marvin Chernoff

March 17, 1932 - April 24, 2017

Service Information Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

Service Date: Thursday May 4th, 2017

Service Time: 10:00 am

Mount Sinai Simi Valley - Kamenir Chapel

6150 Mount Sinai Drive

Simi Valley, CA 93063

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Marvin Chernoff born 3/17/32 died 4/24/17
Marv had a full and successful life. He was the third child of immigrant parents from Russia and
grew up in Glens Falls, N.Y. He received his B.A. from State University of New York, Albany in
1954, his M.A. at State University of Iowa, in 1955, and his Ph.D., at Case-Western Reserve
University, Cleveland in 1961. He did a Post-Doctoral Psychotherapy Program at the Alfred
Adler Institute in Chicago, 1966-70. In his life he was an English teacher, a Speech Therapist
for the Tracy Clinic, a licensed Psychologist, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a full
Professor of Educational Counseling at CA State University at Northridge. But his passion was
playwriting.
His play, Chaim’s Love Song, was produced off Broadway in New York City. It did so well, that it
was published by Samuel French. It has been all over the world and many places in the United
States. His family calls it the “little play that could.” This was a major highlight in his life. Over
the years he has written many other gems. Who writes a comedy about Kafka (Kafka’s Kastle
Kareer)…or a play about senior citizens called “Carmen Cohen from the Herring Factory.” This
is a play written in the style of Yiddish Theater, an affectionate homage to a style of theater that
was loved by his mother. Raizel Birnbaum Chernoff, who came to America in 1909 at 16 years
of age. And there is “The Howie Chronicles” (a playbook and a tape) and the book of short
stories “Howie Learns America,” about Marv’s growing up an immigrant child in the 1930’s.
Marv was a complex man. His sense of humor covered up “the cup is 1/2 empty part of him.
Always provocative with a different spin on whatever the topic, he was never at a loss for words.
His charismatic personality meant he was always recognized. For anyone in need, he was
always there to help. He and his second wife, although meeting later in life, were able to share
29 years.
Marvin died peacefully. There was no struggle. But Marv’s last three years were nothing but
struggle. Marv had Parkinson’s for many years, but since June, 2014, after a fall, he lost his
ability to walk, and more importantly, his ability to read and write. It was at that point that life was
never again the same.
Marv is survived by his wife, Sharon Bloom Chernoff, and his children, Kristin Chernoff and her
husband Jud Cohen, and son David Chernoff and his wife, Linda. He will be missed.