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June 20, 2011 11:11 am

A Life Well Lived: Charlotte Bloomberg Dies at 102

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Announcement of the death of Charlotte R. Bloomberg was made by Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday, June 19, in New York. She was 102. Mrs. Bloomberg lived a life her son called “extraordinary.” He characterized her life as “a blessing, saying the Bloomberg family “recognizes how truly blessed we have been” and will “be able to carry her spirit with us forever.”

The late Mrs. Bloomberg lived a full and active life well into her 90’s. On the occasion of her 95th birthday, during a family trip to Israel, Mayor Bloomberg honored his mother with the naming of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Mother and Child Center at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. Mayor Bloomberg, his sister Marjorie and his mother attended the dedication. Michael Bloomberg endowed other projects in her name including a children’s center and the Charlotte Bloomberg art history professorship at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Bloomberg died at home in West Medford, Massachusetts, where she had lived for most of her life. She was an active member of Temple Shalom, home of the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Jewish Community Center, and a volunteer at the Medford Library until a few years before her death. In his 1997 autobiography, her son had described her as “a woman of liberal views and independent mind.”

Charlotte Rubens Bloomberg is survived by her son, Michael, her daughter, Marjorie Tiven, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial will be private. A memorial service is to be announced at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford MA 02155, Temple Shalom, 475 Winthrop Street, Medford, MA 02155 or the Medford Chapter of Hadassah, in care of Temple Shalom.

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  • Dear Michael, my brother wants to offer his condolences on your moms passing. I don’t know if you remember much about ronaele rd, . but , we all appreciate your succ accolades that you eschew from your child hood there. my brother. whom you might remember( a little off and legally blind. bobby) has always spoken well of you. he has told me of a little of your youth which is intriguing to me. thanks.

    I am writing you to let you know that Bob would always check in with your mom as well as the rest of the neighbors as he lived in my parents home until last year. he felt it was time to stop caring for the property. THe good news is . he now lives comfortably in the old Voke, as it has been altered to become HUD housing/ What a wonderful program . He feels very comfortable there . with less stress to maintain ronaele rd and enjoys the convenience of th e:T: at his disposal. Keep up your good work. We understand where you come from and bob remembers your values; he ( misses and values the people that didn’t abuse his handicaps.
    appreciate whatever you did to have my brother hold you in such regard as iwas 4 years younger. I thought you should hear this from home.

    Congrats on your success. and thanks for being important in my brothers life. thank you sir.


    John Leahy