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Dr. Larry Barzune

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Dr. Larry Barzune, a third generation Dallasite, was born in 1939. Larry’s father was also a physician, and Larry felt from a young age his calling to tend to others’ health needs, providing care and support. Larry met his wife, Dolores, at the University of Texas and they married in 1961. Larry has practiced as a surgeon in Dallas for many many years. As a loving father and grandfather, Larry is a naturally compassionate man concerned with the well-being of all those around him. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Dolores Barzune

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Dolores Barzune, a fifth generation Texan, was born in 1939 in Alice, Texas, and raised in Hebbronville, Texas. As a young girl, Dolores played basketball and piano, displaying from a young age her love for classical music. Dolores transferred to University of Texas after her freshman year at Del Mar College, and during that first year at Texas she met her husband, Larry. Dolores was a beloved teacher who loved her students and her job. After having children and deciding to leave teaching in the classroom, Dolores has since become an influential leader and teacher as she has made it her role to teach others how to raise money in order to support different organizations and institutions. Dolores is a huge supporter of all the arts institutions in Dallas and also chaired the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas for eight years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Myron Ball

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Myron Ball z”l was born in 1924 in Reading, Pennsylvania. In his junior and senior high school days, Myron was interested in acting and writing, and ultimately pursued this interest by authoring books and a play later in his life. Directly after high school, Myron went to podiatry school, but soon after entered the Navy during World War II. Following completion of podiatry school, he moved to Dallas, and his mother and sister followed shortly thereafter. Myron met his wife, Kitzi, at the Adolphus Hotel at a dance. He practiced medicine for 64 years in addition to serving on the board of the Dallas Jewish Community Center in 1948 and working for the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas for many years. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Richard Aston

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Richard Aston was born in 1936 in Dallas, Texas. Richard attended Highland Park High School followed by Florida Southern College for his undergraduate years. While in college, he entered the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, and after graduating in 1960, he went right into the army as a Second Lieutenant. After his service, Richard was working for a pharmaceutical company as well as at his family’s bakery. Richard’s family bakery was kosher for a while and coordinated with many caterers that catered to Temple Emanu-El, Tiferet Israel, and Shearith Israel. Richard was married to loving wife, Gladys, until her passing in August 2012. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Norma Apt

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Norma Abramson Apt was born in Greenville, TX, in 1929 and grew up in Fort Worth. Her father, Meyer Abramson, was a Lithuanian immigrant who opened his own store and later founded Southland Beauty Supply, exclusively supplying Helene Curtis products to Neiman Marcus and other major retailers. Norma became a speech pathologist, having graduated from Emerson College in 1953 and also having studied at Harvard. Norma spent more than 20 years as a docent with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, and became interested in studying World War II due to her brother’s service in the military. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Dave Andres

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In preparation for June 6, 2004, the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day, Dave Andres z”l shared his memories from age 19 of watching the invasion from the English Channel while serving with the U.S. Navy. Born in Dallas, TX, on April 24, 1925, to Chaya Ruchel and Harry Andres, Dave was drafted into the Navy at 18 and trained in Balboa Park in California. Following his naval service, he returned to Dallas and studied at SMU.  Dave eventually became the founder of Dave Andres Real Estate and was a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El.  He was a dedicated supporter of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association, a baseball coach at the JCC and Dallas Metro YMCA, and, along with his wife, Ruth, helped the Dallas Jewish Historical Society through their financial and hands-on generosity. Dave passed away on December 30, 2004. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Carol Alkek

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Carol Alkek was born in 1941 in Dallas, Texas, to her parents who came to the United States in 1938. Carol graduated from Highland Park High School, the University of Texas at Austin in 1963, and then went to Houston, and later Irving, to teach. Carol taught for many years and has worked in corporate training for 30 years. She has a real passion for classical music and has been a big part of Dallas’s Jewish Community through her participation in organizations such as Temple Emanu-El, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the American Jewish Committee, among others. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Suzie Ablon

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Suzie Ablon was born in 1935 in Dallas, Texas. A natural saleswoman, Suzie was a pivotal employee in the catering business for 35 years. Suzie married at age 19 and is a loving mother of four children. She has a big passion for rhythm and dancing, has been an important contributor to the Dallas Jewish community, and led the Federation drive in 1962. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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Betty Ann Ablon

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Betty Ann "Bebe" Ablon was born in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts. Bebe and her family had moved to Dallas by the time she completed high school. Afterwards, she attended SMU as one of three Jewish girls at the time, graduating as an English major. Bebe went to graduate school to work in community centers. She also worked for Hope Cottage, an adoption service agency, ultimately becoming the Vice President. Bebe belongs to the National Council of Jewish Women and Temple Emanuel and is engaged with the well-being of Dallas's Jewish Community. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.
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Kitzi Ball

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Kitzi Ball was born in 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa, before moving with her family to Ohio, followed by moves to Chicago and New York City. Kitzi’s father was a store manager and later became Vice President of the Three Sisters Company. Kitzi lived in Chicago and was an X-ray technician at the time that her family moved to Texas in 1951. Kitzi married her late husband, Myron z”l, in 1952 and they later settled together in Dallas. Kitzi dedicated her time as a volunteer at Golden Acres for 25 years, serving as a friend and confidant to the elderly there. Kitzi and Myron had three sons together. Click on the image to watch the video, or click here.

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