A great tribute to Vivienne Shub [Letter]

(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore…)
September 26, 2014

I want to thank The Baltimore Sun and Jacques Kelly for that wonderful obituary for my sister Vivienne Shub (Sept. 18). No one was closer to me than Vivi and I feel her loss most keenly. But as you brought together the many ways she worked her magic on the Baltimore theater scene, I had the sense that my grief was shared and that somehow made it more bearable.

I was delighted when Vivi's son told me he looked up as he drove by the Charles Theater and saw Vivienne's name on the marquee. I hear the Baltimore Jewish Museum has a tribute in the works. I can't wait for the memorial service at Everyman Theatre (7 p.m. on Oct. 20) to which everyone is invited. We will celebrate not just our dear Vivi but Baltimore theater itself.

A number of people have asked me how they can mark her passing. I and her children can't think of a better way than to make a donation to Everyman Theatre in her memory. If anyone is so moved, the theater's website makes it very easy (everymantheatre.org).

I can't tell you how grateful I am for this outpouring of community support at a painful time. When I see the vigor of theater in Baltimore, I know that Vivi's spirit lives on.

Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Towson

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