Morris Moscowitz, businessman, former Light president, volunteer


Morris “Duke” Moscowitz, who was for many years the president of the Tiny Tot Diaper Service, and whose many community activities included serving as the third president of the St. Louis Jewish Light Board of Trustees, died Tuesday, Aug. l5, 2006, at the age of 92. The former longtime St. Louis resident was residing in Santa Monica, Calif., at the time of his death.

“Mr. Moscowitz was among the founders of the St. Louis Jewish Light, and a former president,” recalled Richard W. Stein, another former president of the Jewish community newspaper’s board of trustees.

Along with the late Morris Pearlmutter, Melvin L. Newmark, Alfred Fleishman, Sam Krupnick and others, Mr. Moscowitz was instrumental in achieving the goal of establishing the Jewish Light as a separate entity with its own governing board. Mr. Moscowitz was the third president of the Jewish Light board after Bernard Fischlowitz and Morris Pearlmutter. Mr. Moscowitz served as president from the end of l966 through l968, a period that included the l967 Six-Day War in Israel, which was covered “live” on the spot by then-Jewish Light editor Geoffrey Fisher.

In addition to his work with the St. Louis Jewish Light, Mr. Moscowitz was prominent in the business community of St. Louis, serving as president of the Tiny Tot Diaper Service and Munger Linen Service. He was long active in Jewish Federation campaigns, serving as chairman of the Cleaners, Dyers and Launderers Group in several campaigns, and serving on the executive committee of the same division of the annual Federation drive. He also served on the Jewish Federation Board of Directors.

Mr. Moscowitz also served on the Temple Israel Board of Directors, was a trustee of the Jewish Community Center and a member of Meadowbrook Country Club.

A longtime supporter of Israel, Mr. Moscowitz established the Morris Moscowitz Memorial Fund for Families of Fallen Israeli Soldiers.

Mr. Moscowitz was born in St. Louis on May 29, 1914. He was the husband of the late Marilyn Moscowitz and the late Madelienne Moscowitz.

He was the father and father-in-law of Robert Moscowitz of Santa Monica, Calif.; Rabbi John Moscowitz of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and James (Amy) Moscowitz of Minnetonka, Minn. He was the grandfather of Tali, Kira and Dori Moscowitz and the brother and brother-in-law of the late Hyman Moscowitz and Sylvia (the late Robert) Teeter of Santa Barbara, Calif.

Mr. Moscowitz was married to Madelienne Moscowitz from l975-2005. Her children are Joan (Lyman) Johnson, Mark (Adrienne) Hirschfeld, Michael Hirschfeld, Lynn Deerfield, and David Carter. Grandchildren include Rebecca, Matthew, Danielle and Joshua Hirschfeld, Christine Kennedy and Brad Johnson.

Graveside services were held on Friday, Aug. l8, 2006. Memorial contributions preferred to the Morris Moscowitz Memorial Fund for Families of Fallen Israeli Soldiers, l950 Bathust Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5P-3K9.