Ray (Kriger) Katz, 89, of Westport, Conn., died July 17th. She was the wife of the late Robert Katz. Born in Rokiskis, Lithuania, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Riva (Kavalsky) Kriger. In 1931 she immigrated with her family to Cape Town, South Africa. While studying law at the University of Cape Town she was elected to the Students Representative Council (SRC), became treasurer of the Law Society, and was elected Head Woman Student. She was a founder and chairperson of the university’s Liberal Party. She belonged to the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), which oversaw the rights of students and worked towards including black students, who were excluded from membership under the Nationalist apartheid government. She started the NUSAS Loan Fund Scheme to help black students pay university fees and served on various other NUSAS committees. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a law degree in 1950. She taught English and Latin in night schools established for black students to obtain their school leaving certificates, and taught English to Polish ex-servicemen after World War II. She later did administrative work for her husband’s construction company. She was elected to the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, helped found the Jewish Welfare Council, served on the B’Noth Zion Executive, Magen David Adom and WIZO. For many years she served as president of Highlands House, the home for the Jewish aged in Cape Town. In 1978 she and her family immigrated to the United States. She is survived by her four children, Amanda Jermyn and her husband, Isadore, of Longmeadow, Joanne Zeger and her husband, Scott, of Baltimore, Md., Anton Katz of New York City, and Adrian Katz and his wife, Dana, of Weston, Conn.; and her grandchildren, Eva, Adam, Michael Jermyn and wife Marie Hains, Max and David Zeger, and Mia, Noah, Ty, Jonathan and Lara Katz. She was predeceased by two brothers, Solly and Sam Kriger; and two sisters, Leah Todres and Anne Stein. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Lown Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.


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