Gladys K. Sauber, 76, sculptor, printmaker

September 22, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Gladys K. Sauber, an artist who designed the Holocaust memorial at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery in Reisterstown, died Sunday of lymphoma at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 76 and lived in Pikesville.

Her 1981 design showed a circular granite concrete memorial 45 feet in diameter, featuring six columns to represent the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

"She was a very loyal and dedicated member of the synagogue and responded graciously when the synagogue asked her to do the memorial," said Rabbi Rex Perlmeter.

Mr. Perlmeter recalled Mrs. Sauber telling congregants at a Yom HaShoah, or Day of Remembrance, service at the cemetery in April that being commissioned to create the memorial was "a very, very powerful experience for her. It gave her a lot of fulfillment both as an artist and as a Jew."

Mrs. Sauber turned to the fine arts more than three decades ago, studying sculpture, printmaking and graphics. Among the artists she studied with were Frieda Sohn and John Blair Mitchell at Baltimore Museum of Art, and Thomas Hoffmaster at Maryland Institute, College of Art.

At her first show in 1964, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women in Baltimore, she won first prize, and went on to win top prizes at other shows.

A prolific artist, Mrs. Sauber specialized in welded metal sculptures, ranging from small pieces to ones suitable for yard display, and prints that included embossed etchings. Her works often depicted family themes.

Her works were displayed at more than 100 galleries and museums on the East Coast, including the Sculpture Center in New York City and Peale Museum locally. Most recently, her works were shown at the Hagerstown Municipal Museum.

Her terrace garden at home also displayed her graceful sculptures.

The former Gladys Kahn was born in Baltimore and graduated from Forest Park High School. She married Henry Sauber shortly after graduating.

Mrs. Sauber was active with the Sisterhood of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and the National Council of Jewish Women.

In the 1950s, she opened a party-planning business, Ideas Unlimited, and later was involved in public relations. She was an avid golfer.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Richard Sauber of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Nan Bugatch of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several grandchildren.

Pub Date: 9/22/98

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