Edie Adelman

Edie Adelman passed away on Friday, July 20, 2007.

She was born in Atlanta, Ga. and subsequently her parents moved to Chicago where she was brought up.

In 1937, she graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in social work.

Edie married Ollie Adelman in 1938 at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, and then moved to Milwaukee where she raised three sons.

In 1948, she and her husband moved into their permanent home, designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Fox Point, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Edie spent a great deal of time with her sons, of whom she is very proud.

Her son Lynn graduated from Shorewood High School, Princeton University and Columbia Law School, and became a state senator.

In 1999, he was appointed by President Clinton as a Federal Judge for eastern Wisconsin.

Gary attended Harvard and subsequently became a teacher and businessman in Brookfield.

Craig graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received his master’s degree from Wroxton College, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s campus in England. He is CEO and president of Adelman Travel. Edie’s husband is chairman of the board.

Edie Adelman was very active in the Milwaukee Jewish Community. She was campaign chairman and president of the women’s division of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and was an honorary board member.

Her outstanding record and work in Wisconsin caused her election to the National Women’s Board of the United Jewish Appeal from 1969-70.

In 2002, she was honored for her work by Women’s American ORT.

She was also the honorary chairman of the political awareness group of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. A foundation for the organization has been set up in Edie’s name by her husband.

Along with her husband, Edie was also deeply involved in securing the Marc Chagall tapestry for the Helfaer Community Services building, which was built by her husband in 1970.

For two years, as a member of the Urban League, she was a private tutor in English for the underprivileged. Subsequently, Governor Knowles appointed her to the Wisconsin State Committee on Children and Youth.

She worked for three years in the juvenile court as a consultant for the Legal Aid Society.

Edie was a member of the following auxiliaries: Milwaukee Art Guild, Planned Parenthood, Mount Sinai Hospital, Hadassah, Home for Aged Jews, Women’s American ORT, Family and Children’s Services, Technion University, Israel, Milwaukee Symphony and Milwaukee Art Center.

Edie was a member of the Standard Club in Chicago and of Brynwood Country Club in Milwaukee. In 1962, she won the Wisconsin State Golf Championship in Division C.

Edie was an avid and profound reader with a prolific knowledge of books and authors. She had been a student in the Bible class of the Jewish Community Center for 15 years.

Bridge was also one of Edie’s regular activities.