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Murray David Black

Murray David Black, of Lexington, Massachusetts and Lauderhill, Florida passed away in the early morning hours of February 20, 2021 at the age of 95. He was born Moshe Swartz on November 7, 1925 in Boston, MA, the youngest of three sons of Julius Swartz and Mollie (Hecht) Swartz of beloved memory. His dear brothers Isadore Swartz and Carl Black predeceased him.

When Murray was 6 years old, his family moved from their urban Jewish neighborhood to Ayer, MA, home to Fort Devens. Presaging his future career, he won a high school prize for his essay, “The importance of radio to aviation.” In 1944, two months after he turned 19, Murray signed up for the U.S. Army, persuading them to accept him despite his flat feet. During his service, he courted Roberta Saul (known as Bobbi), who worked in her parents’ Ayer jewelry store, which catered to many service members. They were married in 1949.

Murray graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1951 under the G.I. Bill. He later earned a Master of Business Administration at the university and subsequently taught in the MBA program. He always said “the best way to learn a subject is to teach it.” He valued education highly and pursued it throughout his life.

His first daughter, Jeanne, was born in 1952, and he moved with Bobbi to Lexington, MA because of its reputation for having an excellent school system. Twins Marcia and Deborah were born in 1955. In 1958, Murray answered a Help Wanted ad seeking “Bridge and Chess Players.” Thus began his career in the computer systems field, working first for MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories and then the MITRE Corporation, where his projects included aviation-related radio communications.

Murray and Bobbi belonged to the Arlington-Lexington-Bedford Jewish Community Center and became founding members of Lexington’s Temple Isaiah. Here, they made many life-long friends with whom they enjoyed hosting Havurah meetings and attending cultural events. Murray had a great sense of design. In addition to designing computer systems, he took up silversmithing in the 1970s, delighting friends and family members with his jewelry creations.

Murray retired from MITRE in 1990. Following Bobbi’s death in 1995, he married Lorraine Rogowitz (d. 2018). Together, Murray and Lorry established a new home in Fort Lauderdale. They returned to Lexington annually for many years to participate in peer-led life-long learning at Harvard and Brandeis Universities. He was an early-adopter of new technology, having an iPhone and iPad before any of his daughters. Retirement gave him the opportunity to combine his unceasing quest for knowledge with his passion for investing. In 2020, he began writing a book on investing in Green Energy.

Murray was an active participant in his community. He served on the Temple Isaiah Building Committee and was a member of its Brotherhood, was Treasurer of the Paint Rock Community Pool in the Turning Mill neighborhood, and later was a Board member of his condominium association in Fort Lauderdale. Murray was devoted to his family, a kind, quiet man with a keen sense of humor and an eternally positive attitude, a sharp bridge and poker player, a reader and thinker. He was loved and appreciated by all who knew him, from his daughters, nieces and many friends to his final caregivers.

Murray will be buried next to his cherished first wife, Roberta, in a private graveside service on Tuesday, February 23. He is survived by his devoted children, Jeanne Black of Culver City, CA, Deborah Black and her husband Cliff Risack of Cambridge, MA and Marcia Black of Amherst, MA; adoring granddaughters Rosalie and Paramita Black of Amherst, MA; treasured nieces Julie Geran, Laura Black Silver, Betty Hirschfield and Charlotte Ashley; and beloved step-children and step-grandchildren Bernice Rogowitz (David Frank) and Gordon Rogowitz, and Aviva Frank, Elisa Rogowitz, and Benjamin Rogowitz.

The family is grateful for the companionship and loving care provided by Joan Paul during the final years of his life.

We hope to hold a Celebration of Life at the time of the unveiling in 2022.

If you would like to honor Murray’s memory, the family would appreciate contributions to Northeastern University, (mailing to: Advancement Information Systems, 118 Cushing Hall, Northeastern University 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-9877) with the memo portion of the check indicating the D’Amore-McKim School of Business (DMSB) in memory of Murray D. Black or online at https://giving.northeastern.edu/live/profiles/309-damore-mckim-school-of-business-scholarship-fund.

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Betty Hirschfield

March 4, 2021

At being our uncle he did excel.  We miss him and always will.  I wish his cherished children well.  The values their father helped instill--include politeness, forthrightness, keeping an open mind, and consistency in being kind.  This applies to daughters one and two and three and describes our cousins almost "to a 'T.' 

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Nicole Ashley

February 23, 2021

I would think of this as a gift from my father, your Uncle Murray.
Via an email from Marcia, to Nicole A, and vice and versa -

As Nicole A. received from Murray's daughter Marcia on Feb. 20th, 2021 -

As I had sent this to her! And, to the other family members, on 2/20/21. Pictured below -

Nicole A.

Charlotte Ashley

February 23, 2021

How often in a lifetime, does one say goodbye.
Never thinking it maybe our last goodbye. For me, there were many goodbyes. The most memorable time was standing up at uncle Murray’s and Aunt Roberta’s wedding, as their flower girl (and I was age nine years old).
Uncle Murray treated me as someone “Special,” Letting me put my feet on his broad shoes, as we danced the night away!
Many years later, myself, my husband also named Bill, and our daughter Nicole, visited Uncle Murray, and Aunt Roberta, in Lexington, Mass. It had been our first experience as a family going to a restaurant and eating lobster all together.
We could never forget the forever winding porch attached to their home, and the ceramic OWLS on the mantal piece.
There are many memories, and unsaid goodbyes. Were it not for Uncle Murray, we would have had to contend with the aftermath of the 1994 CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE, without a shoulder to cry on?
He came all the way to visit us in California, offering, much empathy and wisdom. And, as we sat by the pool, in our temporary home away from our actual home, we all soaked up the sun and made new memories! Never thinking that would be the last time, we would see Murray, in person to say goodbye!

Charlotte A.
Pictured, below, is the last stuffed animal gift that I sent to Uncle Murray, in memory of his love of the ocean, and while, each of us our across the many miles, we should never forget, the natural beauty of a shoreline. Nicole A.

Nicole Ashley

February 23, 2021

I like to believe when, we depart to heaven. That heaven is calorie free. That Murray is dancing with Roberta, and he is watching over each of us in the BIG television set in the sky! That he is smiling! That beautiful smile of his. That his protection of many when he was in the military, still extends to each of us now. Murray touched lives, and made them better, for those of us, who were fortunate to have crossed his path!
I have worked for many years, within the hospice care industry, and I was not sure, learning about my uncle’s “passing” what to say, to his relatives. I saw a pastor on TV recently, and what he said reign true for me: “Words do not always provide comfort”. This COVID illness has been devastating to millions of us! I educate, on the grief process often within my work, and what I have learned is, if each of us, can try to each remember the very best of Murray, and not forgot how he made us each feel, then, he will remembered and remain within our hearts forever! Murray’s smile was infectious, and we each smile using the same language, so, I am going to try to picture his genuinely nice smile, even if I have to smile through tears, and to do that, and take that step looking up to into the blue clouds, AND SMILE in his honor.








Nicole Ashley

February 23, 2021

A “smile” like no OTHER!

They say age is a number! Reading the obituary for my favorite uncle, Murray, made me smile, to learn, that he had the tenacity to use an I – PHONE, AND TO ALSO USE AN I – PAD, before his own daughters.
Uncle Murray had a passion for technology, and also an ability to make jewelry.
One of my best memories I have of him was his ability, and his desire to just want to listen to me, and to be present and support me.
His wonderful Bostonian accent was soothing to the ear, and walking with him along the beach, I felt eight feet tall, and his good looks, were possibly better than knowing any celebrity or movie star!
He was inquisitive, and always, inquired as to my well-being, and he also wanted to make sure, that both of my parents were “OK” as well. A computer software engineer, he had warmth, and caring, for many of my relatives as well!
He was a sweet man, as my own grandmother Harriet always said. He was appreciated by my grandfather Isadore (Bill), his brother, as well as by his other brother, Carl, for his keen sense of humor.
Murray was a teacher, and also a “giver”. He was a gorgeous soul inside and out. He was giving of his time and was open to learning from others.
His journey from Northeastern University, and to and from Havard, and also through MIT was inspiring. A world traveler, who I hope, I am correct had once visited Saudi Aruba on business matters, Murray, was an accepting individual. Accepting of other cultures, and of different religions, and he raised three kind and caring daughters: Jeanne, and Debbie, and Marcia.
He was financially savvy, and his smile, often lighted up any room, he walked within. One of the last emails, I received from him, he spoke about that his favorite dessert was black forest.
cake with cherries on top. As a prize winner baker, myself that made me smile!


FROM THE FAMILY