Dr. Masha Kabakow Rudman of Amherst died at home Jan. 30, after a long illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Sy Rudman. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of Benedict and Rose (Wolf) Kabakow. She attended Hunter High School and Hunter College in New York City, and was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame. A supporter of civil rights throughout her life, she became an early member of the NAACP while at Hunter College. Her career in education began when she taught elementary school in the Bronx, and she later received her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She began teaching as an instructor at UMass in 1965, where she remained until her retirement at age 78. She won both the Distinguished Teacher Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award more than once. She wrote several editions of the text Children’s Literature: An Issues Approach. She co-authored numerous popular and scholarly books and articles. She hosted children’s literature conference, first with the author Jane Yolen, and then continued it through its 35th and final year at UMass. She is survived by three daughters, Rachel Rudman of Amherst, Reva Rudman of New York, and Debbie Rudman of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sons-in-law, John Garber and Jim Brossy; a grandson, Sam Rudman of Amherst; and a sister, Sunny Fischer, of Evanston, Ill. She was predeceased by a sister, Sara Mandell; her stepmother, Gussie Kabakow; and a brother, Don Kabakow. Memorial contribjtions may be made to Masha Rudman Issues in Children’s Literature Collection, Library Collections, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Room 415, UMass Amherst, Amherst MA 01003-9275; or

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