Full Name: Ree Adler
Date of Death: Wednesday, August 3, 2022
July 2, 1928 – August 3, 2022
Born in Paterson, N.J., in an era when the aspirations of women were often suppressed by their responsibilities as housewives, Ree Adler never became the doctor she’d hoped to become, but nonetheless found ways to express her keen intelligence and social conscience throughout the course of her life.
She was selected for admission to College High School, where classes were taught by professors from Montclair State University; and she graduated from Emerson College where, as a freshman, she named the school newspaper, still called The Berkeley Beacon. Throughout the decades of bringing up her children, Ree participated every single month in a discussion of the Great Books of the Western canon.
Her unrelenting curiosity about the world led Ree to spend an afternoon with one of her heroes, Eleanor Roosevelt, who invited her to Hyde Park on the strength of a letter Ree wrote to the First Lady about social injustice. Decades later, after volunteering for 10 years to provide services to low-income clients through Everywoman Opportunity Center in Buffalo, New York, Ree was motivated to start law school at the age of 52.
In 1992, 63-year-old Ree was named Outstanding Young Lawyer by the New York State Bar Association, which the New York Times noted was not a typo. As a legal aid lawyer, she helped establish a center for teenage mothers, coaxed corporations to provide prescription drugs to the poor at no cost, and set up a coalition of doctors and lawyers to discuss end-of-life issues.
Introduced by mutual friends, Ree Adler married the love of her life, Dr. Richard Adler, in 1970; they had 47 happy years together.
For the big impact this small woman had on the issues that motivated her, on the friends she treasured, and on the family who loved her deeply, Ree Adler will never be forgotten. We will honor her with good works of our own.
Ree will be forever in the hearts of her sister Lenni Puritz; her children Kathy (Jerry) Seldin, Jana (Howard) Wolff, Linda Lendman (David Katowitz), pattie adler (Lee Lanzen), Tom (Terry) Adler; her grandchildren Zack (Rebeca) Katowitz, Ari Wolff (Hannah Joy Fortier), Dani Katowitz (Ari Kramer), Brandon Adler, Cressida Adler; great grandchild, Joshua Katowitz; as well as many dear nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Donations in honor of Ree Adler would be welcomed by Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County and Valley Hospice in Paramus, NJ.