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YUDELMAN, Cynthia Harriet (née POLAKOW)
Was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on February 11, 1926. She was the second of six girls, Rhoda, Kiki, Joyce, Lorna and Thelma. Her mother was Dorothy POLAKOW (née SALMON,) and her father was Jack Ruby POLAKOW.
Cynthia lived a full and active life. After serving in the South African Air Force during the Second World War, she was awarded a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley, California, where she was the first in her family to obtain an undergraduate degree. It was at Berkeley, particularly at International House, where she formed many Friendships that lasted throughout her life. Cynthia frequently remembered the kindness of total strangers and was a lifelong proponent of helping others. Moving to Rome with her new son, John, and her first husband, Monty, she gained a life-long appreciation of design and of things Mediterranean and European in style. Her daughter, Jane, was born in Johannesburg her son, Paul, in New York; and her daughter, Tanya, by her second husband, Ian, was born in London.
Cynthia maintained residences in Portugal and London, England and at various times was active in the antique and real estate trades. Passionate about maintaining her family relationships and Friendships, she frequently visited South Africa, Europe and North America. On becoming a grandmother, she wished for her grandchildren to have the same opportunities for travel and education that she experienced, and she worked hard to that effect.
Her last years were spent in Fort Myers, Florida receiving care for Alzheimers. Cynthia died on October 11, 2007. She will be missed by her surviving sisters, Kiki and Lorna; her children, John, Jane, Paul and Tanya; her daughters- and son-in-law, Linda, Rachel and John and her grandchildren, Erica, Eleanor, Emma, Julia and Adam; as well as her many nieces and nephews, Friends and acquaintances world-wide.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to International House Open Gateway Scholarship Fund, University of California, Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, California, 94720-2320 (http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/a/giving).
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