Phyllis Grace Pear Reichman
Condolences to the family of Phyllis Grace Pear Reichman, who died at Alive Hospice in Nashville on June 2 at age 99. She is survived by her three children, Rick (Jeannie), Sydney, and Julie (Mark); her grandchildren, Jinna (Matt), and Valerie Bryn (Nick); a great-grandchild, Abigail Grace; a niece, Ami, and several nephews, Richard, Jamie, David, Steve, and Michael. A special sister-in-law, Marcia Pear, passed away just hours after Phyllis.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Sidney C. Reichman, parents, Moe and Birdie Pear, a brother, Charles Pear, a sister, Elaine Pear Rothberg, and nephews, Johnny and Nicholas Rothberg, and all of her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Numerous others went before her but she still managed to maintain a passion for life and appreciation of each moment. She was affectionately dubbed, “the comeback kid”.
Born in New York, she spent most of her formative years in Nashville. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she was the first woman and the first freshman to win the Founder’s Medal in Oratory, despite a case of laryngitis the night of the competition.
After college and acting school in New York, she was an actress, producer and director in the Nashville community theatre scene, serving many years as president of Theatre Nashville. In 1966, she presided over the production of the musical, “Lost in the Stars,” with its primarily African American cast and a chorus consisting of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville it took chutzpah to present this outstanding and timely musical. She took delight in meeting with Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte who came to celebrate the theatre’s production, cast and crew.
In later years, Phyllis took up competitive duplicate bridge and was active in the Vanderbilt Bridge Club (Rookie of the Year and Life Master). She cherished her friendship with Michael Lawrence, world-renowned bridge guru, who moved to Nashville. Phyllis traveled the world with bridge groups and other friends and loved to learn new things. Until recently, she was an avid reader.
Phyllis followed politics with great interest and somehow managed to vote in the past year’s election.
In last years, she lived with her daughter, Sydney. The family expresses gratitude to her caregiver, LeAnne, son Rick, who was always on call, and to friends and family (Zina and Rae, who were like her ‘other daughters’), as well as staff at Alive Hospice in Nashville. Donations may be made in her memory to ().
Mark Alexander Zhislin
Condolences to the family of Mark Alexander Zhislin who died on June 4. He was the son of Alexander Zhislin and brother of Helen (Jason) Crowley. Survivors include his sons, Jonah Zhislin and Eli Joslyn; nephews, Zacharay, Noah and Joshua Zhislin; his aunt, Geralda Zhislin and his many cousins, He was predeceased by his mother, Sophia Zhislin,