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The woman who straightened Bill Gates’ tie
In April, when the first 10 Microsoft employees reunited to recreate an office photo taken in the company’s early days, 72-year-old Miriam Lubow was proud to be placed front and center.
“She had missed the first photo because of a snow storm,” recalled Lubow’s daughter, Michelle Weinberg. “But she was actually employee number six.”
Lubow, who worked for Microsoft on and off for 10 years as an office manager, died on July 29 after a yearlong battle with liver cancer.
Born in Milan in 1935, Lubow and her family narrowly escaped from Europe at the outbreak of World War II.
“Before the war, her father sent the consulate a box of chocolates and inside box there was also some money. The next day, passports for the entire family appeared,” Weinberg said.
The family sailed to New York on the last passenger ship out of Italy. They remained in New York for the duration of the war with Lubow and her sister attending America’s first Montessori school.
After the war, Lubow and her family traveled back to Italy. She attended college in Switzerland and then returned once more to New York.
It was at Manhattan’s Temple Emanuel that she met Milton Lubow. The couple married in 1960. After the births of their four children, however, the Lubows began to think about moving somewhere else to raise the kids. They picked Albuquerque, N.M.
Once the kids were in high school, Lubow decided to return to the workforce. Weinberg remembers her mother answering a single ad in a local, community newspaper for a company called Microsoft that was looking for someone to do office work.
Lubow quickly took to her new employers and began referring to them as family.
“She always said the four of us were her kids at home and Bill Gates and Paul Allen were her kids at the office. When you think about it, they were in their 20s and she was in her 40s. She definitely took on a mothering role,” Weinberg said.
Along with her duties of bookkeeping, making travel arrangements and ordering office supplies, Lubow also transcribed notes for Gates, arranged barber appointments for him and made sure he ate his lunch each day.
When Lubow first took the job, she knew nothing about computers.
“In the beginning, at her desk was a typewriter,” recalled Weinberg. “She had heard the word ‘software,’ but she didn’t really know what it was.”
Weinberg said it wasn’t until her mother moved to Seattle that she really became comfortable using the technology her co-workers produced.
Lubow’s career had a substantial impact on her family. All four of the kids spent time during their high school years pitching in to do office work at Microsoft and two of them, Weinberg and Warren Lubow, went on to work for the company as adults. When Microsoft relocated from New Mexico to Washington, Gates urged Lubow to follow.
“He really wanted my mom to come,” Weinberg said. “But it wasn’t that easy to pick up the family and move. For a while, she commuted back and forth.”
The family did move eventually, settling initially in Kirkland.
Lubow was a member of Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville as well as the founder of the Shalom Club, a Jewish social club that meets for holiday gatherings and Shabbat dinners at the Trilogy retirement community on Redmond Ridge.
Rahla Turck, a Trilogy resident, joined the Shalom Club when she and her husband moved to Redmond Ridge in 2000.
Turck said that she was impressed by Lubow’s energy and found herself quickly drawn into helping out with club correspondence as well as hosting annual Purim baking and Hanukkah latke making parties at her home.
“She was just the most energetic, opinionated, darling lady you ever want meet in your whole life,” Turck said of Lubow. “She just lit up a room.”
She noted that Lubow remained active in the club even in her later years, until her declining health forced her to sell her Redmond Ridge home and move in with her daughter.
Weinberg was quick to point out that the Shalom Club was not the first social organization that her mother had founded.
“She was always very proud of her Jewish Italian heritage. Everywhere she went, if there wasn’t an Italian club, she’d form one; same for Jewish organizations,” she said.
Weinberg said her mother also devoted considerable time during her last few years of life to writing her memoirs, which the family is determined to get published on her behalf.
Lubow is survived by her husband, Milton; her four children, Michelle, Stephanie, Yvonne and Warren; and six grandchildren.
Miles Jake Solam
Miles Jake Solam was born on April 25, 2008. He is the son of Jason and Alison Solam of Shoreline and the brother of Sophie Jade Solam.
His grandparents are Norman and Karen Levin of Mercer Island, Bernice and Sam Benveniste of Mercer Island and the late Morris Solam. His great grandparents are George and Sybil Tall.
Miles has 13 first cousins.
Madison Corets Beloff
Madison will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Madison is the daughter of Eva Corets and Josh Beloff of Bellevue and the sister of Reid. Her grandparents are Roberta and Ellis Corets of Bellevue, Mollie Braverman and Stanley Beloff of Margate, N.J., and the late Ruth Beloff.
Madison is entering the 7th grade at Chinook Middle School. She enjoys singing, playing piano, basketball, soccer and swimming. For her mitzvah project, she provided support for homeless youth in Seattle.
Katherine Morgan Smith
Katherine celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Katherine is the daughter of Jerry Ray Smith and Kristina Oom of Seattle and the sister of Trinity. Her grandparents are Arlene and Bob Latham of Bellevue, Terry and Beverly Smith of Seattle, Ilanie Skellington of Port Townsend and Ted Oom of Pahrumph, Calif.
Katherine is entering the 8th grade at Odle Middle School. Her hobbies include baseball, lacrosse, swimming and reading.
Lenna Ann Rogel
Lenna will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on August 23, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Lenna is the daughter of Susan and Brandon Rogel of Bellevue and the sister of Emma. Her grandparents are Ann Lee and Joe Rogel of Bellevue and Tom and Lois Hoag of Soap Lake.
Lenna is in the 8th grade at Tyee Middle School. Her interests include volleyball, music and spending time with her friends.
Marcus Frederick Roer
Marcus will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah.
Marcus is the son of Jacqueline and Carl Roer of Seattle and the brother of Madeline and Elana. His grandparents are Fred and Sarah Roer of Seattle, Stella Tarica of Seattle and the late Morris E. Tarica.
Marcus is entering the 8th grade at Islander Middle School. His hobbies include basketball, football and playing the trombone.
Joshua Dylan Lazar
Josh will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 30, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Josh is the son of Gail and David Lazar of Bellevue and the brother of Zak and Eli. His grandparents are Rita Robbins of Great Neck, N.Y., Mike Robbins of New York, N.Y. and Judi and Brett Lazar of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Joshua is entering the 8th grade at Issaquah Middle School. Josh’s passions in sports are soccer and track. He also enjoys spending time with his brothers, summer at Camp Kalsman, hanging out with friends, wakeboarding, and skiing.
Josh is sharing this occasion with his long-time friend Jenna Levin. For their mitzvah project, Josh and Jenna are organizing a benefit bike ride to raise money for, and awareness of, multiple myeloma research. Jenna’s dad, Marty Levin, died in 2005 after battling this cancer. The bike ride will take place Sun., Sept. 14.
Martin Harold Kearns
Martin will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on August 16, 2008 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Martin is the son of Emmi and Matthew Kearns of Kirkland and the brother of Valerie. His grandparents are Bob and Bunny Rogers of Mercer Island and Alma Kearns of Seattle and the late Marvin Kearns.
Martin will be in the 7th grade at Rose Hill Junior High. His interests include basketball, football, swimming, skiing, playing piano and guitar and attending Camp Kalsman. For his mitzvah project, Martin is volunteering at the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club and will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah money to the club.
Samuel Wiley Cordes
Samuel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on July 3, 2008 at Eretz B’Reshit in Yishuv Alon, Israel.
Samuel is the son of Hannah and Bob Cordes of Seattle and the brother of Isaac. His grandparents are Barry and LeAnna Wiley of Boston, Mass. and Ron and Mary Cordes of San Clemente, Calif.
Samuel is entering the 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School. His hobbies include playing baseball, reading, playing the double bass in the Eckstein orchestra, and caring for his dogs. For his mitzvah project, Samuel raised money for Let the Animals Live, a no-kill animal shelter in Tel Aviv. Sam visited the shelter to donate the proceeds of his fundraising efforts.
Nicholas celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on August 2, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Nicholas is the son of Diana Stone and James Larus of Mercer Island and the brother of Jeremy and Micah. He is the grandson of Jane and Joel Larus of Sarasota, Fla., Estelle Stone of Chevy Chase, Md. and the late Joseph Stone.
Nicholas will be in the 8th grade at the Lakeside School. He enjoys reading and sports. For his mitzvah project, Nicholas collected books to donate to low-income children at Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue. He also volunteered to help kids read in a classroom at Stevenson.
Fina Corday Starr and Emma Margaret Starr
Scott Starr and Heidi Leyton of Seattle announce the birth of their daughters, Fina and Emma, on June 27, 2008 at Swedish Medical Center. Fina weighed 7 lbs., 10-1/2 oz. and was 20-1/2 inches long. Emma weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. and was 19 inches long.
Fina and Emma are the sisters of Logan. Their grandparents are Mary and Gayle Starr of Lincoln, Neb. and Carol and Bryan Leyton of Bellevue, and their great grandmother is Lillian Corday of Vancouver.
Fina and Emma are named for their paternal grandparents, Frank Donlin and Ed Starr.
Meredith Erin Weinberg and Benjamin Grant Levy
Meredith and Benjamin are engaged to be married on December 22, 2008 in Jerusalem.
Meredith is the daughter of Suzan Feldman of Philadelphia, Pa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human services from George Washington University. She is currently in the process of receiving her master’s in community leadership and philanthropy studies from Hebrew University.
Benjamin is the son of Cheri and Michael Levy of Bellevue. He is a graduate of Northwest Yeshiva High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies from George Washington University. Benjamin is currently a student in the educators program at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.
Josepha Chasha “Mira” Klein
Mira will sponsor and speak at the Shabbat kiddush at Congregation Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch on July 12, 2008 in celebration of her Bat Mitzvah.
Mira is the daughter of Rabbi Charna Klein, the granddaughter of the late Rose and Aaron Klein, and the niece of Harris Klein and Lester Klein.
Mira is a student at Seattle Hebrew Academy where she will be entering the 7th grade in the fall. She enjoys reading, sports, cooking, music, acting, and travel. Mira has been serving as a member of the Shaarei Tefilah Lubavitch congregation kitchen crew and is a member of the Seattle chapter of Bat Mitzvah Clubs International.
Emma Levine Petersky
Emma will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on July 5, 2008 at Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Bellevue.
Emma is the daughter of David Levine and Claire Petersky of Bellevue and the sister of Rose Levine Petersky. She is the granddaughter of Ralph and Joan Levine of Las Vegas, Nev. and Millard and Ruth Petersky of Seattle.
Emma will enter the 8th grade at Highland Middle School. Her interests include fine cheeses, theatre, weird music, opera, movies and working on the Obama campaign. She is also a member of the co-ed wrestling team at Highland Middle School. For her mitzvah project, Emma raised more than $2,000 for Chinese earthquake victims.
Sam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 28, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Sam is the son of Brad and Laura Miller of Mercer Island and the brother of Michael and Cora. His grandparents are Sylvia Oseran of Kirkland and the late Melville Oseran, and Bennett Miller of West Hartford, Conn. and the late Elaine Miller.
Sam will be an 8th grader at Islander Middle School. His hobbies include soccer, basketball, baseball, ping-pong, playing guitar and cello, and cooking.
Samuel Aaron Gottlieb
Samuel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 28, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Samuel is the son of Lorri Gottlieb of Mercer Island and Bob Gottlieb of Seattle. He is the brother of Sasha, Amy, Carissa and Emily. His grandparents are Oliver and Fern Johnson of Vancouver, Wash., Mildred Gottlieb of Chicago, Ill. and the late Norman and Shirley Gottlieb.
Samuel will be an 8th grader at Islander Middle School. His interests include football, wrestling, lacrosse, skiing and magic.
Hillary Madsen and Rob Dolin were married on June 15, 2008 at Lake Chelan. The ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Michael Latz of Kol HaNeshamah.
Hillary is the daughter of Barbara and Donald Madsen of Tacoma. Her grandparents are Marion and Edward Rupnick of Renton.
Hillary is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and holds a degree from the University of Washington, as well as a JD from Seattle University School of Law. She works as an associate attorney for Oles Morrison Rinker and Baker, LLP.
Rob is the son of Barbara and Joel Dolin of Chicago, Ill. and the grandson of Evelyn Dolin of Los Angeles, Calif. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and is currently employed as a program manager for Microsoft.
Max Louis Zambrowsky
Max celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on June 21, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative congregation.
Max is the son of Paul and Robin Zambrowsky of Redmond and the sister of Denielle. His grandparents are Aaron and Edith Dichter of Bellevue, Sheila Zambrowsky of Redmond, and the late Leonard Zambrowsky.
Max will be an 8th grader at Evergreen Junior High School. His hobbies include snowboarding, soccer and baseball. Max has chosen to donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to the LAM Foundation to help find a cure for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a progressive lung disease that typically strikes women in the prime of their lives. Max’s aunt, Gina Dichter, was diagnosed with LAM 10 years ago.
Marisa Henri Katsman
Marisa will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on July 5, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Marisa is the daughter of Dr. Ralph and Lisa Katsman of Mercer Island and the sister of Danielle. Her grandparents are Dr. Alvin and Sheila Katsman of Mercer Island and Ida Raye Chernin of Tampa, Fla.
Marisa is entering the 8th grade at Islander Middle School. Her hobbies include competitive jazz and lyrical dance, water and snow skiing, tennis, biking, baking, golf, and hanging out with her friends and sister.
Jacob Adam Bock
Jacob will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 28, 2008 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Jacob is the son of Hope Harris and Steven Bock of Bellevue and the brother of Joshua and Daniel Bock. His grandparents are Sara Bock of Rockaway Park, N.Y., the late Philip Bock and the late Arthur and Del Harris.
Jacob will be an 8th grader at Odle Middle School. His interests include music, playing the trumpet, video production, video games and hanging out with his friends.
Caleb Alexander Angel
Caleb celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on May 31, 2008 at Sephardic Bikur Holim Synagogue in Seattle.
Caleb is the son of Albert and Alexandra Angel of Seattle and the brother of Sammy and Denah Angel and Rebecca Fever. His grandparents are Alex and Dena Husulos of Seattle and the late Sam and Dina Angel.
Caleb will be an 8th grader at the Seattle Hebrew Academy. His interests include reading, sports, spending time with family and friends, and attending school and synagogue.
John Golub Waldbaum
Alan and Kim Waldbaum of Bellevue are proud to announce the birth of their son John on February 16, 2008. John weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. and measured 20-1/2 inches at birth.
John is the brother of Kenzie, 6, and Hannah, 2. His grandparents are John and Debbie Muscatel of Mercer Island, Susan Waldbaum of Bellevue and the late Ken Waldbaum.
John is named for his grandfather, John Muscatel, and his grandmother Sue’s family, the Golubs.
Danielle Emily Levy
Danielle will become a Bat Mitzvah on June 14, 2008 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation.
Danielle is the daughter of Cindy and Sandy Levy of Mercer Island and the sister of Isaac, Eytan and Juliette. She is the granddaughter of Frances Altman of Highland Park, Ill., Harry and Leslie Altman of Deerfield, Ill., and the late Gish and Richard Levy.
Danielle is in the 7th grade at the Jewish Day School. She enjoys laughing with her friends and relaxing with her family. She is an avid reader and loves watching movies and listening to music. The last two summers, Danielle participated in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program and looks forward to this year at Interlochen Arts Center, where she will focus on two-dimensional art, drama and playing synthesizer piano.
Anneke Marlies de Jonge
Anneke will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 21, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Anneke is the daughter of Judy and Krijn de Jonge of Seattle and the sister of Saskia. Her grandparents are Rita Rosen of Seattle and the late Herb Rosen and Mina de Jonge of Zierikzee, The Netherlands and the late Gerald de Jonge.
Anneke is a student at the Seattle Academy.
Joshua Keenen Springwater Peck
Joshua will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 21, 2008 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Joshua is the son of Kevin Peck and Roxanne Springwater of Mercer Island and the brother of David. His grandparents are Roslyn Peck of Wilmette, Ill. and the late Joseph Peck, and the late David and Dorothy Springwater.
Joshua is in the 7th grade at Islander Middle School. His interests include basketball, football and music.
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