Julius Harry “Jack” Kuney, 88, U.S., a pioneering TV producer, died Nov. 7, 2007, in Bradenton, Fla. The Chicago native produced plays such as “Waiting for Godot, and programs with Mel Brooks, Burgess Meredith, and Zero Mostel, among others. A satirical program he produced written by Woody Allen was pulled just before it aired by Public Broadcasting Service in 1971 because it was deemed too political.
Kuney was born in Chicago on July 24,1919. Kuney’s first wife, the former Francine Apfelbaum, a dancer known professionally as Francine Ames, died in 1997. He is survived by his second wife, Margaret Ferren Kuney; a son, Scott, of West Nyack, N.Y., his daughter, Jo Ellen Kuney, and two grandchildren.
Rita K. Hillman, 95, philanthropist and art collector, died Nov. 8, 2007, in New York City. She was born Rita Jean Kanarek on May 16, 1912, in New York City and collected art with her husband, publisher Alex Lester Hillman. The Hillmans’ collection included 19th and 20th century European paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Miro, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Bonnard, Degas, Cezanne, Seurat, Soutine and Modigliani. She was a founding trustee of the International Center of Photography, vice chairman of Brooklyn Academy of Music, and an executive committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum since its founding.
Her family foundation established a variety of nursing programs and scholarships that have helped more than 1,200 registered nurses. She is survived by her son, Alex HIllman, as well as her grandson, Ahrin Mishan, the son of the late Richard Hillman, as well as by her grandchildren Eva, Rebecca, Janice, and Richard.
Jerry Bobrow, 59, founder of a standardized test preparation service and author of best-selling test preparation guides, died Nov. 12 in Bell Canyon, California, after a two-year struggle with cancer. He was born in Rome on Dec. 4, 1947, to Holocaust survivor parents.
He helped organize teenage athletes competing in the North American Maccabi Youth Games and was chairman of the Los Angeles Maccabi Organizing Committee. He is a member of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. An athlete, he once pitched 46 consecutive scoreless innings in semipro baseball. Bobrow also was on the boards of the New JCC at Milken in West Hills and the Jewish Community Centers Assn. He is survived by his wife, Susan, children, Jennifer, Adam and Jonathan, parents, Abram and Julia Bobrow, and brothers, William and David.