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Murray Nathan, Class of 1931


Murray Nathan passed away on October 10, 2011 at the age of 97. In the 1930's Murray worked for the ILGWU, where he met his beloved wife Belle. Eager college students impassioned by education, the arts, and social/economic justice issues, they put their dreams on hold while Murray served in WWII. During his non-combat service, Murray took up leather crafts, with Belle sending him swatches from New York. After the war, they reinvented their wartime "hobby" skills, working side by side for the next four decades to build Calderon Belts & Bags, a thriving manufacturing business. In their long retirement, they continued traveling and devoted themselves to Philanthropy. Well into advanced age, Murray enjoyed reading, finishing The Times crossword puzzles, and family visits. Up to the end, he maintained his compassion for others and his kind, gentle manner, spiked with quick wit.