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March 2023 Obituaries

Condolences to the family of Harold Cohen. He is survived by his son, Mark (Robin) Cohen and grandaughter, Jennifer.

Condolences to the family of Harris Abram Gilbert who died suddenly on February 15. Born, raised and residing in Nashville nearly his entire life, he leaves a loving legacy of generosity, intellect and friendship. As an attorney and community leader Harris ’incredibly long list of accomplishments impacted numerous organizations and countless people. His true greatness though is found in his devotion to his family. Harris is preceded in death by his parents, Judge Charles and Freda Gilbert, and by his wife of 41 years, Dianne D. Gilbert. He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer L. Gilbert; son-in-law, John P. Ellersick; son, Harris N. Gilbert; daughter-in-law, Danielle M. Gilbert; grandchildren, Joshua H. Gilbert and Sophia C. Gilbert; sister, Pauline Gilbert Bader and brother, Charles Gilbert, Jr. Having met on a blind date, Dianne and Harris married in 1963 and started a family building a home on his childhood street. Their life together was full of dedication to their children, time with friends, endless travel adventures and community service. An avid golfer, tennis player, cyclist, yogi, health nut, rose grower and ill-advised boat owner, Harris brought an indomitable spirit to every one of his passions. He encouraged all around him to take wonder in this world and pursue life with gusto and delight. His purest joy was time with his grandchildren; creating treasure hunts, playing monster, going swimming or handing out Oreo cookies to everyone at every sporting event.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, Harris returned to his home to practice law. After serving as Assistant District Attorney for Tennessee, Harris entered private practice primarily focusing on areas of probate and estate planning, business and real estate law. As managing partner of Gilbert and Milom, he co-led the firm’s transition to Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

As a young lawyer, Harris represented the City of Nashville as part of a bipartisan state-wide team of lawyers in the landmark case Baker v. Carr before the United States Supreme Court in 1962. He was involved in a number of high profile cases and clients, including helping the Rolling Stones out of a legal jam during a 1972 appearance in Nashville. The Baker case established the constitutional principle of “One Person, One Vote” and opened the door to malapportionment cases across the country, ultimately resulting in restructuring of America’s federal, state and local legislative bodies.

Harris served as Board Member of the Nashville Bar Association and President of Tennessee Bar Association. He was an Instructor and Board Member of the Nashville School of Law as well as a former Chairman of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Through law, Harris found immeasurable ways to serve his

community’s most vulnerable and in need. He founded the Uniform Reciprocal Child Support Program for Davidson County. He was a founder of Legal Services of Middle Tennessee. In 1995, the Tennessee Bar Association created The Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award given annually to a private sector attorney who has demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor and has performed significant pro bono work. Harris was a lifelong member of The Temple Congregation Ohabai Shalom, serving as President and as a Board Member. He served many other charitable organizations and was awarded the Johnny Cash Americanism Award by the Anti-Defamation League. Memorial gifts may be sent to the charity that best fits your memory of Harris.

Condolences to the family of Eileen Rita Gluckman, 92, who died on February 12. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Jay Gluckman and sister, Norma Sklut.

Born on April 17, 1930, to Benjamin and Mae Miller in Wilmington, Del., Eileen spent 30 years as a cosmetic sales representative. She was a Philadelphia Eagles fan, but quickly adopted the Tennessee Titans as her own. She loved lilacs and enjoyed the tree in front of her home each year. She enjoyed mahjong and puzzles, but most of all, Eileen loved being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Neal Gluckman, Howard Gluckman and Carole Wolaver; grandchildren, Katy Ray, Jennifer Miller and David Wolaver; and great grandchildren, Gavin Wolaver, Birdie Belle Ray and Aspen Willow Ray.

Condolences to the family of Ardis Jacobson who died on February 7. Ardis is survived by her daughter, Lisa (Mike) Shmerling; grandchildren, Andy Shmerling, Mollie (Bobby) Perry, Katie (Adam) Wayne; and great-grandchildren, David, Jack, and Max Perry, and Abby and Alice Wayne.

Condolences to the family of Lea Steinhart Limor (Leah bat Betzalel v' Bella) who died on January 28. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Menachem Limor. Theirs was an epic love story. Their pride and joy and Lea’s most proud accomplishment was in raising their three children, Miri Limor, Hagit Limor (Jeff) Sunberg, and Yoram (Janine) Limor. They had five grandchildren, Sharone (Seth) Hyatt, Avital (Michael) Cohen, Jake Sunberg, Aidan Limor and Anderson Limor, as well as four great grandchildren, Gabriella Cohen, Maya Cohen, Eliana Hyatt and Ariel Cohen.

Born June 14,1933, Lea served as a sergeant in the Israeli army, was a talented knitter and seamstress, and could dance up a storm. She had been a teacher at both Sherith Israel and West End Synagogue and could speak six languages, learning English by watching her favorite soap opera. Lea loved to entertain and enjoyed hosting many family gatherings.

Condolences to the family of Avrum (Avi) B. Poster, who died on January 26, He was the husband of Joie Scott-Poster.

Condolences to the family of Inge Raybin who died on January 25. She is survived by her son, David (Kay) Raybin; and grandchildren, Benjamin (Sarah) Raybin and Jaime Rabin (David King).

Condolences to the family of Elliot Rivlin who died on February 1. He is survived by his son, Ron (Gail) Rivlin and grandchildren, Hayley, Steven and Eric.

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