In Memoriam


Dr. Harriet Presser (1936-2012)

Harriet B. Presser, 75, a University of Maryland sociology professor and founder of the university’s Center on Population, Gender and Social Inequality, died of ovarian cancer May 1 at her home in Bethesda.

The death was confirmed by her daughter, Sheryl Presser.

Dr. Presser had been on the U-Md. faculty since 1976 and specialized in gender issues. In 1988, she founded the Center on Population, Gender and Social Inequality (now the Maryland Population Research Center).

Over the years, her research included fertility and family planning, birth control and sterilization. In the 1970s, she collaborated in a behind-the-scenes effort to get the U.S. Census Bureau to stop the practice of using the term “head of household” and automatically conferring family leadership on husbands.

In 2002, Dr. Presser was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for innovative research on issues of population, labor force, gender, and social inequality; for exceptional institution building; and for outstanding service to demographic and sociological societies.”

In 2010, the American Sociological Association honored Dr. Presser for work that “helped transform the field of demography by bringing a gender perspective to bear on the study of fertility and family processes.”


Harriet Betty Rubinoff was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She graduated from George Washington University in 1959 and received a master’s degree in sociology in 1962 from the University of North Carolina.

She received a doctorate in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and then served seven years on the faculty of Columbia University’s school of public health. In 1999, she was named a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland.

She was a past president of the Population Association of America.

Donald Petrine Sr. (1928 - 2006)

donald-petrine-srDonald Petrine, Sr. loved the game of tennis and was a player, promoter, tournament director and umpire. He left a legacy in many ways. He had unconditional commitment to his family. He was charitable by giving money, time and expertise to run events that raised millions of dollars for such causes as the American Cancer Society and Cystic Fibrosis. He was intolerant of prejudice, encouraging his son to skip a Players Dinner at a junior tournament in the Midwest because the club hosting the event excluded the black players.

When running the Orange Bowl International tennis Championships on Miami Beach for many years, he was one of the first to develop sponsorship money so that more could be done for the players. When entries overwhelmed him, he began a gigantic qualifying tournament so that more players from around the world would have a chance to play "Orange Bowl"!

He developed a mixed doubles tournament for Eastman Chemical Products, Inc. in New York, that was held in over 32 cities for 18 years with the national winner gaining entrance to the mixed doubles division of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York. He was also an umpire and umpired at the U.S. Open when it was held in Forest Hills, NY as well as at many local tournaments.

He was a ranked Florida player and his age group and played at Royal Palm Tennis Club in Pinecrest. He was President of the club in 1984. For all of his contributions to the game of tennis he was inducted into the Dade County Tennis Hall of Fame.

His other great passion was music, playing saxophone, clarinet and flute. From 1947– 52 he traveled with several of the big bands of the time he played with the Dick Stabile Band backing Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in Chicago in 1952. He came to Miami with Chuey Reyes Latin Jazz Band to play at the L'Aigion Restaurant in Surfside. He started playing a game in retirement. One of his most fun jobs was playing for tennis great Gardnar Mulloy's 90th birthday party on Fisher Island.

Howard Kauffman (1925 - 2016)

howard-kauffman KAUFMAN, HOWARD G. 91 of Miami Beach passed away May 11, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Rae Kaufman, loving father of Marsha (Tom) McMurrain, Gale Kaufman (Steve Murakami), Maxine Kaufman, dear grandfather of Elyse Spector, David Kaufman, Melinda Wiser, Michele Leibee, David McMurrain, Michael & Sean Murakami, adored great-grandfather of Maddie & Skyler Smith, Hudson & Ethan Spector, Hannah & Sarah Wiser, Blake Leibee & Brooke Parker.

Howard grew up in Philadelphia, PA where he met & married Rae. After honeymooning in Miami Beach, they settled there years later, where they raised their family. Theirs was a 61 year love affair. Howard missed her every day since she passed in 2010. Devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and tennis coach extraordinaire to kids throughout the community, Howard was a fixture in the Miami Beach political scene. He was a member and photographer for the Miami Beach Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club. He and Dwight Stephenson co-founded Dwight's Computers for Kids. He was an avid blogger and touched the lives of so many kids who remember him as their father figure, mentor and friend.

The family requests donations in memory of Howard G. Kaufman to First Serve Miami Foundation, 6501 NW 36th Street, Suite 300, Miami, Florida 33166, (305) 365-6346,