Howard Karshan

Time of Service:

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

Place of Service:

Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76 Street, New York, NY 10023
KARSHAN -- Howard Alan, age 83, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died at Lenox Hill Hospital on 21st March, 2017, from natural causes. Always a New Yorker at heart, he spent much of his life abroad, mainly in London, England, where with his wife Linda he raised two sons, Roger and Thomas. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, to William and Dora, younger brother to his sister Rhoda. After majoring in philosophy at New York University, he distinguished himself as a law student at NYU, serving on Law Review before deciding that the law was not for him. He joined CBS and gained a posting abroad to Paris, entering the film division at Viacom and embarking on a successful career as a film rights negotiator based in London, working later for MGM and Turner. His truest passions, however, were for twentieth century art and his family. Working closely with his wife Linda, a distinguished abstract artist, he assembled a renowned collection of modern works on paper, and also served on various museum committees, including the Turner Prize committee, which he once chaired. Firm in his public dealings, he was an effervescent, charming, and cheering friend, and an extraordinarily devoted father. He was also a man of old-fashioned decency and complete integrity. He loved political argument, the long history of the Jews, New York, and, above all, his family. He is survived by his sister, Rhoda, her children and grandchildren, by Linda, his wife of 48 years, by his sons, Roger and Thomas, by his daughter-in-law Ali, and by his much-loved granddaughters, Georgia and Harper. The funeral service will be at 9AM on Thursday 23rd March at “The Riverside,” 76th Street and Amsterdam Ave. Should anyone wish to make a charitable donation in his name, the family have indicated that their preferred charity is HIAS.
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