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N.Y. Temple Administrator Fay Sonnenreich Trubow, 97

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Fay Sonnenreich Trubow, 97, who after years as a temple administrator in New York returned to Washington to help produce a health care newsletter and manage a family business, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Oct. 2 at Washington Hospital Center.

She was born Fay Rosenberg in Washington, and she graduated from Central High School at age 15 and from Wilson Normal Teachers College with honors. She taught elementary school and trade school in the District for about two years.

After moving to New York in the late 1920s, she met Emanuel H. Sonnenreich, and they married in 1930. She worked at Temple Israel in New York for 30 years, first as temple administrator and later as executive director.

She and her husband became camp counselors and later were owners of Camp High Point, a popular summer camp in West Shokan, N.Y. From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, she ran the camp and came to be called Aunt Fay by campers. Her husband died in 1966.

She returned to Washington in 1977, a year after the death of her second husband, Irving A. Trubow. Mrs. Trubow worked in her son's pharmaceutical company, writing a health column, doing research and proofreading articles from 1977 until days before her death. She also managed the office.

"She really made sure that everything got done on time and everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing," said granddaughter Nina M. Gafni of McLean.

Mrs. Trubow enjoyed going to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, Wolf Trap and other venues for theater, plays and concerts. She read everything, though she especially loved murder mysteries and historical fiction.

She was a longtime member of Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Sonnenreich, president of the Washington National Opera, of Washington, and William Sonnenreich of West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


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