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A TRIBUTE TO MALCA LITOVITZ
DELIVERED BY JIM STREETER (COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND)
AT BETH DAVID SYNAGOGUE

July 19, 2005

Good afternoon:

Seventeen years ago, a miracle happened: Malca Litovitz came to teach at Seneca College—a gift to all of us and one from which all of us have benefited!

Malca was a fine teacher of English and Business Communication, but she was superb when she taught the subject closest to her heart—Creative Writing. An award winning poet herself, Malca was able to show our students the effects of having a reverence for words. In a class of Malca's I attended about a year ago, I watched Malca become a pyromaniac of the imagination: she set fires in the students' minds and hearts!

My colleagues and I were privileged to hear Malca read her own poetry at our many literary evenings. We would not allow the evening to end without asking (sometimes begging) Malca to read her famous "M" poem. In that poem, "M" stood for everything from mother to meatballs, but today "M" stands for Malca—a remarkable, strong, beautiful woman—an angel, a true mensch.

So Malca, mazeltov (congratulations) for the life you led with dignity; toda raba (thank-you very much) for sharing it with us, and Shalom, shalom (peace) my dear friend. AMEN


We were very saddened by the death of Professor Malca Litovitz on July 18, 2005. Malca was a staunch supporter of the CQ and was a valued member of the inaugural Advisory Board for The College Quarterly (1994), published an article in the CQ in 1995, and was a member of the Editorial Board (Fall 2003 to Spring 2004 inclusive) until illness prevented her from continuing to serve on the board. Her gentle, thoughtful presence and insightful input are sorely missed.

The College Quarterly Editorial Board

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