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Sylvia Horowitz

May 2, 2014

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Sylvia Teich Horowitz

Died May 2 in Pasadena aged 91. A high-spirited, witty, and energetic woman of many interests and abilities, Sylvia left an indelible mark on all who knew her. Born in Brooklyn in 1922 to immigrant parents, she graduated from Brooklyn College in 1943 where she was a star athlete nicknamed “Dynamite.” She earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Columbia in 1949, among the first women to do so. Over a quarter-century on the faculty of Cal State LA, she lectured passionately on chemistry to thousands of students. In retirement, she co-authored a popular book on the science of cancer and pursued her love of Yiddish poetry, art, travel, literature, music, theatre, and gardening. Throughout life, she was devoted to her family. Survivors include sons Jonathan, David, and Daniel (Ann), grandson Jonah, brother Eugene (Sue), and many nieces and nephews. Her loving husband of 39 years, Robert, died in 1993. Services will be Thurs., May 8, 12:00 noon, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., LA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Brooklyn College, the Coleman Chamber Music Association, or the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA, the town where she spent a joyful year as a young woman.