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Gabriel Markisohn ’56

Published in Apr.5, 2006, issue

Gabe died Nov. 16, 2005, at home in Middletown, Del.

Born in Budapest, he survived the Holocaust and was housed with displaced persons before immigrating to the United States in 1947. Eventually living with a foster family in St. Louis, he attended University City High School. At Princeton, he studied civil engineering and captained the track team. For the past 25 years, he was an innovator in design, construction, and management of senior living and nursing-home facilities.

To Gabe, his family was everything. He loved his wife, Terry; his brother; his children, Kathy, Brad, and Jim; and their families. His five grandchildren were his "delight."

Gabe loved music €” classical, opera, big band, and Broadway. Terry recalls a splendid moment when, returning to Hungary, he had the chance to touch Beethoven's piano.

Gabe loved Princeton. Showing Terry the campus €” dorms, where grades were posted, Cap and Gown, he said that he found solace in the Chapel. Looking to a higher power, he had asked, "Why am I in an element far beyond anything I could have imagined?"

On Dec. 3, 2005, in the Chapel, many who miss him sought solace. The class extends deep sympathy to his family.

The Class of 1956

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