ethel’s words

Click your browser’s “Back” button to return to SmashingIkons

REMEMBERING WARSHAWS

At the death of Keith Warshaw, recollections stream into my thoughts. His father, Maurice, was an extraordinary human being--entrepreneur, active citizen, caring person. We always knew he was Jewish, but it was an unimportant detail.

Maurice started at ground level, with an open-air produce “stand” (a common concept then) at 9th South and Main Streets in the Thirties. I often walked the couple of miles with my mother to buy produce. After Keith’s death, I was astounded to read a statement by someone that Maurice Warshaw was “not successful”! He had several super-in-those-days markets. He was politically concerned, supported the United Nations Association of Utah-- a position considered “Leftist” or even “subversive” by Utah’s uneducated rightists, so that he had a double jeopardy of being a Jew and reputed Leftist. He was generous with his money in civic causes, but his main concern was for Keith.

A favorite anecdote about Maurice Warshaw has often been told, but perhaps not written. His 9th South store was taking applications for a pharmacist. The managing pharmacist telephoned Maurice: “There’s a guy here applying for the position--he is well-qualified. But he’s a Jew.”

Maurice responded: “Hire him anyway.”

Ethel C. Hale