Gladys K. Lavitan

September 14, 1916February 28, 2014

Charlotte - After an eventful life, Gladys Lavitan passed away peacefully on February 28, 2014. She was 97 years old. Gladys was a woman of many parts. She was a superb actress, a student of the Bible, a voracious reader, a beloved teacher, and an avid bridge player.

Gladys was especially well known for her performances in the theater in Charlotte. She won numerous acting awards over a career that spanned over 70 years on the stage. She began acting when she was 13 years old, and studied theater in New York. While most of her theatrical work was done in Charlotte, during part of World War II she performed at the Olney Theater outside of Washington, D.C. in a repertory company directed by Tony Randall. She also appeared in movies and in numerous commercials, both on TV and on radio. She conducted a show in which she interviewed prominent people, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Jackie Kennedy. Her program was first conducted on radio under the title "Talk with Gladys Lavitan", and later moved to television under the name "Visiting with Gladys Lavitan."

Gladys loved the Bible and knew it thoroughly. She taught Bible at Temple Beth El for many years. Her scores of former students talk earnestly about how much they loved her classes, and how much they learned.

Gladys' love and knowledge for books led her to give book reviews at a local book club and on radio. Many relied on her renditions in choosing the books they read.

For all her accomplishments, she will be best remembered for her charm, her enormous energy and enthusiasm, her great sense of humor, and her feisty demeanor. She was a delight to all who knew her.

Gladys is survived by her son, Douglas Kahn, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School; her grandson, Jeffrey Kahn, an Associate Dean at Florida State University Law School, where his wife, Jessica is a professor; and her great-grandson, Matthew.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Temple Beth El. Burial will follow at the Hebrew Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, 5101 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226 or to Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Rd. Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28210.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gladys K. Lavitan

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Timos Spiliotopoulos

March 7, 2014

My deepest sympathy for the loss of such a charming and multi-talented lady. It was always a great pleasure seeing and talking to her when visiting relatives in Washington. I will treasure these moments.

Pat Smith

March 3, 2014

May you turn to God,whose understanding is beyond measure,and so is his power to help us in any situation we find ourselves in. Psalm 147:5

Arjorie Fields

March 3, 2014

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. May the God of comfort extend peace to this family. (2Cor.1:2-4)

KarenB Barrett

March 2, 2014

a feisty,interesting, charming lady - challenging to work with on stage and off. KB

Eva Barach

March 2, 2014

My parents knew the Lavitan family from the 1940's on and greatly admired Gladys. When she taught Women of the Bible at the Shepherd Center, I drove from Raleigh every week to take my mother. It is a poignant memory of Gladys and my mother.

Joanne Robinson

March 2, 2014

I was very sorry to hear about Ms. Lavitan. I met her at Eckerd Drugs while I was working there. She was such a delight. I will miss her greatly. Joanne at Long's Drugs.

Gary Goodman

March 2, 2014

A great loss. She made Sunday School entertaining and educational.

March 2, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in those you love and from the power of God's Word. Jeremiah 29:11,12 always makes me feel better :)

Marty Oxman

March 2, 2014

My condolences to the Lavitan Family.

Joel Blady

March 1, 2014

May her memory long endure for a blessing. She was a wonderful and sweet lady...and even though I only met her very recently I enjoyed knowing her for the short amount of time that I knew her. May she rest in peace and may her name live on in the hearts and minds of those she leaves behind. May G-d comfort her family and friends. Zi' chrona L" Vracha.
Joel Blady