George Rabinowitz, a devoted husband, father, and tennis fan, died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Feb. 1, after a valiant fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was 86.
Rabinowitz, a native New Yorker, was born in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 4, 1931. He was a mathematician and computer scientist who spent the majority of his career at Nevis Laboratories in Irvington, N.Y. and at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, L.I. He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics at City College of New York and did his graduate work at New York University.
He loved watching and playing tennis and was an avid fan of Roger Federer. He was a foodie who enjoyed grilling steaks on the balcony and making bolognese sauce, Chinese food and pizza. He enjoyed reading novels by John le Carre and attending chamber music concerts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Everyone who met him was impressed by his intelligence and sense of humor. After moving from East Patchogue, N.Y. to Jamaica Plain in 2010, he relished the view of Boston from his apartment on the 26th floor of Jamaicaway Tower.
Rabinowitz was predeceased by his parents, Alice (née Katz) and Harry Rabinowitz, and his nephew, Bruce Feldman. He is survived by his wife, Rosalind (née Shapiro) Rabinowitz, his daughter Nancy of Jamaica Plain, and his son Carl of Elizabeth, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. www.yiddishbookcenter.org.