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Obituaries February 2022



Condolences to the family of Col. Dr. Robert Begtrup who died on December 22, just shy of his 80th birthday. A child psychiatrist, Green Beret, athlete, musician, singer, occasional thespian, autodidact, grandfather, father, uncle, husband, brother, and son, “Dr. Bob,” as he was affectionately known, was multitalented. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., attended Northwestern University, and received his M.D. from Tulane University. He was board certified in family medicine adult, and child and adolescent psychiatry. He volunteered in the United States Army during the Vietnam War during which he met his wife, Captain Barbara. They were particularly proud of their time served in Korea where Colonel Begtrup held a command post at the DMZ (demilitarized zone) on the 38th parallel.  

A flight surgeon and commander, Colonel Begtrup earned his wings jumping out of airplanes. The Army brought Dr. Bob and Captain Barbara to Ft. Campbell where the Begtrup family settled into the historic Eupedon farm in Clarksville. There he milked goats, built fences and took his family on epic horseback rides into the wilds of the country. 

After his military service, Dr. Bob and family moved to Nashville, where he became a professor at Vanderbilt University. He was the first medical director of the Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital (VCAPH). Forced to medically retire at 48 after his first aortic dissection due to Marfan Syndrome, Dr. Bob dedicated the next three decades of life to his family. Active in the Jewish community, he was former president of Congregation Sherith Israel.  

He participated in the Nashville Symphony Chorus and was a founding supporter of The Nashville Symphony, as well as off-shoot musical groups. 

He was a Court Appointed Special Advocate helping abused and neglected youths. 

Dr. Bob is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters Marilyn (Lee) Seaton and Sylvia (Richard) Begtrup-Winberry; children, Armin of Nashville, Mageina Tovah (Mike) of Los Angeles, Calif., Rebecca (David) Broniatowski of Silver Springs, Md., and Gavi (Amber) of Cincinnati, Ohio; six grandchildren; and numerous pets and grand pets. 

Donations may be made in Dr. Bob’s honor to National CASA/NGL at or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at 


Condolences to the family of Phillip Borish, 94, who died December 18, 2021. He was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Fannye (Miner) Borish, his sisters Muriel Miller and Joyce Jaffee, and his loving wife of 67 years, Hope Fain Borish. He is survived by his children, Marilyn Siegel (Ralph), Ellen Goldring (late Shmuel Z”L), Peter Borish (Julie) and twins Anne Borish (Barbara Auerbach) and Linda Borish; grandchildren Moshe Siegel (Katie), Micha Siegel (Susie), Noam Siegel (Amy), Ariel Goldring (Lisa), Oren Goldring, Isabel Borish (Zach Grant), Harley Borish, and Eliza Borish; and great grandchildren, Annie, Maddie and Jacob Siegel, Sarah and Hanna Siegel, Isla and Henry Siegel, and Mia Goldring. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Congregation Beth-EL of Montgomery County, Morning Minyan Fund. 8215 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, Md. 20814. 


Condolences to the family of  Steven Joel Duben who died on December 18, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Pam Duben; sons,  Scoob Duben (Jen), David Duben (Ingrid), James Duben (Jen); brother, Robert Duben and sister, Teri Miller; grandchildren, Matt, Amanda, Mattie, Alex, Rachel, James and Jaxon. 
Memorials may be made in Steven's name to Congregation Micah or your favorite charity. 


Condolences to the family of Norman Edward Heyman, who died on December 23, 2021. Survivors include his son, Stephen Heyman (Colleen); grandchildren, Caitlin Heyman Tisch, Anna Rose Heyman Harris and Samuel Heyman; and great grandchildren, Xander and Wyatt Tisch. Memorials may be made in Norman's name to Congregation Micah's Religious School Fund


Condolences to the family of Dorothy Roth, 94, who died in on January 7 in Los Angeles, Calif.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvia and Max Feigenbaum, her husband, Morris Roth; sons, Sanford Roth and Clifford Roth; daughter-law, Jacque Roth; sisters, Evelyn Brin and Debbie Ross. She is survived by her grandson, CameronRoth (Rebecca) and great Grandson Levi Roth; sister, Ethel Eisman, and brother Dr. Joel Feigenbaum (Betty); nieces, Diane Ake (Chris) and Sandra Harris (Sandy); great niece BarbaraDavis (Tom); and great-great nieces ,Sydney Davis and Caroline Davis. 

Condolences to the family of Alexander Jonah Zhislin who died on December 26, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife, Sophia Zhislin; brother, Yuri Jonah Zhislin; and son, Mark Alexander Zhislin. He is survived by his daughter, Helen Crowley (Jason); grandsons, Zachary Crowley, Noah Crowley, Joshua Crowley, Jonah Zhislin and Eli Joslyn; sister-in-law, Geralda Zhislin; nephew, Igor Zhislin; niece, Victoria Zhislin (Richard Gilbert); and numerous cousins, ‘adopted’ children, grandchildren and friends. 




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