Critchlow - Hanft

April 02, 2006

Thanks to Spring and Cherry Blossoms Cecile Strauss Hanft and Charles Howard Critchlow were married last evening [Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:30 pm] in an interfaith ceremony at the Yale Club of New York. Cantor Kerry Ben-David, Cantor Emeritus of the Scarsdale Synagogue, officiated with Father Mark Lane of the Brooklyn Oratory also participating. The couple first met at an annual Welcome Spring party given by mutual friends and again a few weeks later at an annual Cherry Blossom party given by other mutual friends. They have been dating ever since. Ms. Hanft is the daughter of the late Lucille and Sigi Strauss of Baltimore, Maryland and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Mr. Strauss, who was born in Germany and sent alone by his parents to the United State at the age of ten to escape from the Nazis, was the president of the Merchants Wholesale Dry Goods Company, located in Baltimore, Maryland. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Mr. Strauss spent several years, using his native German, working for the Army investigating and tracking down war criminals. Ms. Hanft is also a descendant of the late Jonas Friedenwald, one of the founders of the Lloyd Street Synagogue in Baltimore, Md., the third oldest synagogue in the United States and the first U.S. synagogue with stained glass windows. Her late grandfather, Moses W. Rosenfeld, was one of the founders of the Baltimore law firm of Blades and Rosenfeld. The bride, who will keep her name, graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and received a masters degree from Columbia University and an MSW from the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University. Her previous marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Critchlow, a widower, is a partner in the law firm Baker & Mc Kenzie LLP in New York where he specializes in international competition law and complex litigation. He is the son of Florence and George Critchlow of Andover, Massachusetts. His father retired from Bell Laboratories. The bridegroom graduated from Phillips Academy Andover and summa cum laude from Yale University. He received his law degree from Columbia University where he was a James Kent Scholar.

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