As film folks who were at the Denver fest last week may already know, good friend Mark Rabinowitz‘s father passed away on Friday at the age of 96. Victor Rabinowitz, an exceptionally accomplished lawyer and unapologetic liberal (his 1996 memoir was titled, Unrepentant Leftist) was also a terrific host over the years, welcoming Mark’s friends to his homes and engaging them in ongoing dialogues about politics or baseball, while often warmly sharing stories.
From today’s NY Times obituary:
Victor Rabinowitz, a leftist lawyer whose causes and clients over nearly three-quarters of a century ranged from labor unions to Black Panthers to Cuba to Dashiell Hammett to Dr. Benjamin Spock to his own daughter, died on Friday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.
This past Sunday afternoon, family, friends and admirers gathered informally at the Rabinowitz home downtown. Next to that now familiar photo of Victor Rabinowitz walking with Fidel Castro was an aging letter from the Cuban leader, alongside a number of other pictures. As the Times article notes, Victor Rabinowitz’s decades of accomplishments are significant. They are also quite inspiring. Mark’s mother, writer and activist Joanne Grant, died two years ago (see blog post).