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June 16, 2017  RSS feed

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BETSY ALTSHULER, 77, of Lutz died May 29. She is survived by her family. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

MICHELLE “SHELLY” HIRSHORN, 73, of Tampa died May 21. She was a registered nurse and was the youngest head nurse at Kings County Hospital in New York where she was instrumental in establishing their first dialysis unit. She was a member of Congregation Kol Ami and was among the founders of Women’s American ORT in Tampa. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dr. Stephen Hirshorn; children and their spouses, Amy and Dr. Marty Sokol, Scott and Jessica Hirshorn, Dr. Kurt and Lindsey Hirshorn, Jessica and Dr. Jonathan Forman and Megan and Daniel Friedman; brothers Lawrence Herman and Richard Herman and 17 grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

FAY KRAUSS, 93, of Tampa died May 26. She is survived by son Joel Krauss and son and daughter-in-law Jack and Wendy Krauss, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice. (David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Clearwater Chapel)

STEVEN A. MARX, 69, of Tampa died May 23. He was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and graduated from Cornell University in 1969 with a BS in Organizational Behavior. He worked in radio programming in New Haven, CT, then in Pittsburgh at KDKA. He also served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He then worked in sales at WEZN in Bridgeport, CT, and after two years was named vice president and general manager of WAAF/WFTQ stations in Worcester, MA. He established the Center for Sales Strategy in 1983 and led its growth as CEO for 25 years, from a one-man shop to a full-time staff of 30. He helped people understand their talents and how to use them more effectively, impacting the lives and careers of thousands. He wrote Close Like the Pros – Replace Worn-Out Tactics with the Powerful Strategy of Interactive Selling, published in 2007. It is considered the authoritative work on partnering in business-to-business sales.

He was active in community and religious affairs. In Worcester, he was a director of the $1.6 billion Bank Worcester Corporation, a member of an airport task force and served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce and Temple Sinai. He was also a board member of the Worcester Jewish Federation and chaired its budget and planning process. After relocating to Tampa, he served as a trustee of Congregation Schaarai Zedek, as well as its vice president of fundraising. He chaired the Torah Circle and Eternal Light endowment committees and was board member and secretary/treasurer of its Brotherhood. He was awarded the congregation’s President’s Cup in 2013 and the Brotherhood named its annual speaker series in his honor in 2016. He volunteered in a variety of capacities with Tampa Jewish Federation, including serving on its annual President’s Dinner committee (co-chairing the event one year), as well as the Tikkun Olam Award and Allocations committees. In recognition of his many novel ideas, the Federation established the annual Steve Marx Innovation Award in 2015. In addition, he served on the board of the Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, was a trustee of the Tampa- Orlando-Pinellas (TOP) Jewish Foundation and chair of its marketing committee. He was also a member of the Tampa Bay Leadership Group for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He helped with marketing for scholarship fundraising for Academy Prep Center of Tampa, a school for at-risk inner-city kids. For more than a dozen years late in his life he served on the board of the Cornell Media Guild, the non-profit that holds the license for WVBR-FM in Ithaca, NY, receiving its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

He was an amateur graphic designer who, among other things, created a number of the organizational and program logos in use in the Tampa Jewish community. He also was a great fan of architecture and played a significant role in designing two family homes he had built in Cape Cod and Tampa. Survivors include his wife, Merrill of 46 years; son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Jessica of Dallas; daughter Emily and son-in-law Matthew Perl in greater Philadelphia; four grandchildren, one niece and three nephews. The family suggests donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, or a cause of one’s choice. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

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