BETH WRIGHT BLOCH ISSACSON ROSENTHAL passed away at her home on December 28, 2018. She was 92.
Rosenthal was active in community affairs, including The League of Women Voters, the United Way, and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and served in many capacities with, and in the late sixties as the president, of the New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). For her work with NCJW she was recognized by the Times-Picayune as one of the “Beautiful Activists”, a high honor bestowed upon selected community volunteers. She also helped establish the Louis Wright Memorial Dialysis Unit at Touro Infirmary, named in honor of her late father and served on the board of the Isidore Newman School Parents Association.
She was reared in Eunice, Louisiana, part of a large family of six siblings. During her high school years she was introduced by family friends to her first husband, Ted Bloch, who at the time was a student at Tulane University. After graduating from high school she attended and graduated from Newcomb College with a degree in psychology and shortly after graduation married Bloch, who had just graduated from Tulane Medical School, The two spent their first married years while her husband served in the Army in San Antonio, Texas and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Ultimately, they chose to settle in New Orleans to raise their family.
After her husband’s untimely death in 1975, she became instrumental in developing sorely needed EMS services in the city while working with Dr. Norman McSwain.
After marrying Herschel Isaacson of Atlanta, she moved there, where she lived for the next 20 years. She immediately made new friends and immersed herself in the many cultural activities that Atlanta had to offer. She particularly loved attending symphony concerts and taking in exhibits at the local art museum. She affiliated with the Atlanta Section of the National Council of Jewish Women and took part its many social service programs.
After Issacson died in 1995, she remained in Atlanta and later married Dr. J. William Rosenthal in 2000. It was at that time, she moved back to New Orleans, where she resided until the time of her death. While married to “Bill,” they traveled the world together. Other than family, travel was her greatest passion. Never one to sit at home and do nothing, Beth loved being with people and being active, even after Dr. Rosenthal died in 2007. Her biggest regret in her final years was that it became too difficult to travel or to leave for an extended length of time.
She is survived by her children, Ann Bloch Kern (Stephen), and Dr. Ted Bloch III (Suzie); Robert Isaacson (Nancy), Dr. Keith Isaacson, D. G. Isaacson Klingensmith (Bob), Nancy Isaacson Gunter (Brian); 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Avenue, on Wednesday, January 2, at noon. Emeritus Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn and Cantor Joel Colman officiated. Burial followed immediately followed the service at Metairie Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Temple Fund at Congregation Temple Sinai of New Orleans, or the charity of your choice preferred.
Arrangements were by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, which invites thoughts, fond memories, and condolences to be posted online here.