Alan Labovitz

January 26, 1936November 30, 2018

Alan was born January 26, 1936, in Philadelphia PA, the only child of Bertha and Max Labovitz. He passed away November 30, 2018, in East Lansing of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Alan graduated Central High and Temple University, in Philadelphia PA, did graduate work at Boston University, and earned a Ph.D. from MSU in 1970. He was on the faculty at Central Michigan University, the University of Evansville, and Western Michigan University, and retired from the Michigan Department of Human Services in 1997.

Alan is survived by his wife, Judith Steinberg Labovitz, whom he married in 1961 in Philadelphia PA, two sons Gabriel (Stephenie) Labovitz of Chicago, Saul (Michele) Labovitz of Lansing, and three grandsons: Daniel Labovitz of Lansing, Joshua (Pavida) Drobney of Lansing, Michael Drobney of Lansing, David (Helen) Steinberg of Plainsboro NJ, and three nephews.

Alan performed with many local theater groups, "acted" at MSU Colleges of Human and Osteopathic medicines patient simulation, and had small roles in two Indie movies including the acclaimed "The Funeral Guest." He was a docent at Potter Park Zoo for many years, and a long-standing member of the ACLU. He was not a religious man; he had an extremely strong belief in equality and the protection of civil liberties. These important core values were passed on to his beloved sons. Alan was active in prostate cancer research, served on a statewide prostate cancer coalition, and the Lansing Prostate Cancer Support Group. He had been a disc jockey and a letter carrier. He volunteered at the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Haven House, Ele's Place, sang with SOM singers, and volunteered at WKAR Radio Talking Books for many years, where he was featured in the June 1989 radio guide. He was a proud member of the one-time "spouse brigade" at the Greater Lansing Potters' Guild, served on the Bath Township Library Committee, was a Korean War veteran, and was a member of the MSU President's Club and a lifetime member of MSU Alumni Association.

Alan, Saul, and Daniel attended a Rush concert, and decided the age difference of 59 years had to be some kind of record. He had a varied and interesting life! Alan was a gentle, kind, and quirky man, and will be sincerely missed. He loved a good party with good people, good food, and good music. A celebration in his honor will be announced at a later date. Special appreciation to the compassionate caregivers at the Center for Health and Rehabilitation at Burcham Hills who were so understanding and patient, and to Sparrow Hospice for their sensitive and caring support. Contributions in his honor may be sent to Potter Park Zoo, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Alzheimer's Association, Sparrow Hospice, or the organization of one's choice.


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Mark & Sue Chatterley

December 12, 2018

Dear Judy and Family,

Alan had a true love for life. We enjoyed his performance in the local movie, The Funeral Guest. It was always a pleasure interacting with him. You are in our thoughts.

Mark and Sue Chatterley

Cammie Taylor

December 7, 2018

Judy and family,
Alan was an amazingly kind and talented man. As your dental hygienist, I have had the pleasure of enjoying our visits for the past 29 years. I so enjoyed hearing of your travels and family experiences. Your last trip to NYC and Broadway was one of my faves! Please know that I hope you continue to find the joy that you , Alan and the boys made together. He will be missed! Sincerely, Cammie Taylor

Ed & Dori Wilson

December 4, 2018

We enjoyed working with Alan for years at MSU as simulated patients. He was a great actor and a fun person. As the beautiful obit said, he was "gentle, kind, and quirky." We offer our condolences to his family, who he bragged about all of the time.

Mike Lipsey

December 2, 2018

I read for awhile with Alan at WKAR Radio Talking Book. It's been years (I can't remember how many), but when I saw his photo accompanying the remembrance, I immediately recognized the smile and remembered his infectious friendliness.

Laura Farhat

December 2, 2018

Judy, Gabe, and Saul , I am so very sorry to hear of Allen‘s passing. He was always a very kind man, and through the years when I would bump into him on occasion, he would always shoot me that great smile in remembrance of the farhat’s. We had fantastic childhoods growing up together in the neighborhood we did, and shared the friends that we had and our families will forever be connected because of this. Sending hugs and well wishes for you and your mother as you grieve the loss of your lovely father, and your mother’s best friend. I am sad for the feelings of loss you must be feeling, yet I understand that there may also be feelings of thanks that his suffering is no more. If there is anything I can do for the family, I would like that. I love to cook...😁


December 2, 2018

Our condolences on Alan's death. Remember when I first met you and Alan, same spelling as my name, with his effervescent personality and life experiences different from mine, but a kindred spirit of recognizing the value of each individual.
Alan & Karen Durkee

Knud Hansen

December 2, 2018

We will miss you Alan. The notice of his passing brought to mind the many times he touched our lives, however briefly, over the years — at work, the zoo, plays and concerts. Judy, our condolences to you and family. Knud

Suzanne Sorkin, MD

December 2, 2018

Alan's work as a simulated patient in MSU's College of Human Medicine was much appreciated. He gave the med students a "run for their money" sometimes...excellent training!