Denise Levy Tourover Ezekiel, 76, active in Hadassah and other community organizations, died of complications from heart disease Tuesday at the Washington Hospital Center.
She had served as president of Hadassah's Washington Chapter in the 1930s and then as president of its Seaboard Region. In the 1940s, she was elected a national vice president of Hadassah and had been Washington representive of that organization since then.
Mrs. Ezekiel had helped handle the program for distribution of American surplus foods through Hadassah's agencies in Israel in the 1950s.
She had devoted much of her activities toward the establishment and maintenance of Israel after traveling as a lecturer throughout the country as part of the effort made to rescue Jewish children from Hitler's Europe.
She also had been active in the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the National Civil Liberties Cleariang House.
Mrs. Ezekiel was born in New Iberia, La., and grew up in New Orleans. She came here as a young woman and earned a degree from George Washington University Law School.
Her first husband, Raphael Tourover, a patent lawyer, died in 1961.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Walter N. Ezekiel, and a daughter, Mendelle T. Berenson, both of Washington; a sister, Mrs. David H. Kushner, of Washington, and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hadassah.