Other Notable Deaths


August 02, 2006

Louis Winnick, 85, an economist who helped guide the investments of the Ford Foundation and promoted low-income home ownership, died of lung cancer Saturday in Manhasset, N.Y.

Mr. Winnick was born in Romania and came to Brooklyn with his family as a young child. He graduated from Brooklyn College and earned graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University.

He worked for the New York City Planning Commission and the Housing and Redevelopment Board before joining the Ford Foundation in 1962. He served as deputy vice president in the national affairs division from 1968 to 1986.

Mr. Winnick played a major role in the foundation's effort to channel resources into housing, community renewal and minority enterprise following the turbulence of the late 1960s. He was credited with steering the foundation toward making low-interest loans and equity investments in low-income urban areas.

His book, New People in Old Neighborhoods, published in 1990 by Russell Sage, made the case for the value of a constant flow of new immigrants into urban neighborhoods.

Ezra Fleischer, 78, an Israeli poet and scholar whose work on a long-forgotten trove of ancient Jewish manuscripts helped shed new light on the development of the early synagogue and Jewish prayer, died July 25 in Jerusalem. He was among the major scholars who studied and cataloged the Cairo Geniza, a treasury of documents, some of which dated to the first century A.D., discovered by Western scholars in a synagogue in Old Cairo the late 1800s.

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