Bess Gartzman Rothbaum, Hadassah convention cochair

Bess G. Rothbaum
Bess G. Rothbaum
Posted: January 04, 2014

Bess Gartzman Rothbaum, 95, of Marlton, cochair of the 1988 national convention of Hadassah, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, at her home.

In 1987, Mrs. Rothbaum was cochair of the 75th anniversary convention of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, a daughter, Mona Rieger, said.

She was a national vice president and national treasurer in the 1970s, and advised several of its regional conferences, her daughter said.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Rothbaum grew up in Camden County, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, and earned a bachelor's in accounting at Temple University.

"She worked her way through school," taking night classes at Temple while earning her way as a bookkeeper for Philadelphia firms, her daughter said.

In the 1940s, she was "an office manager for a high-end woman's clothing manufacturer," she said.

From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, she was executive director of the American Heart Association of Burlington County.

Mrs. Rothbaum wrote in autobiographical notes that New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Hughes named her to the state's first comprehensive health planning council in the late 1960s.

Mrs. Rothbaum was president of the Jewish Geriatric Home in Cherry Hill in 1985, vice president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey in 1987, and vice chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Rothbaum is survived by daughter Sara Gantz; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken.

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