Community leader energized by faith, tradition
Evelyn Glick Bloom's “can-do” attitude took her to the forefront of her generation.
After receiving her degree in chemistry from the Pennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham University, Evelyn Glick was hired to do research in mass spectrometry at the male-dominated U.S. Bureau of Mines in Oakdale.
“It never fazed her that there were no bathroom facilities for women and that she had to have a male escort keep out the males when she was using their bathroom facilities,” said her daughter, Shanen Bloom Werber of Israel.
“But that was my mother, a community leader and an activist with a ‘can-do' attitude, which she passed on to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” Werber said.
Evelyn Glick Bloom of Squirrel Hill died on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in LifeCare Wilkinsburg. She was 89.
Mrs. Bloom moved to Squirrel Hill in 1951 with her husband, Albert Bloom, founding editor of The Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh. They served in numerous organizations geared to improving the quality of life in the Squirrel Hill community.
“My mother also had the distinction of being the granddaughter of Joseph Zelig Glick, who established the first Yiddish newspaper west of the Alleghenies,” said her daughter.
The newspaper was established in 1910 in Pittsburgh.
Born and raised in Oakland, Evelyn Glick was one of two children of printer Samuel Glick and his wife, Anna Glick.
After graduating from Schenley High School in Oakland, Evelyn Glick enrolled in the Pennsylvania College for Women.
Mrs. Bloom served as a volunteer with Hillel Academy in Squirrel Hill, where she sought grants and served in programming, fundraising and officer roles.
She established Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops for children who observe the Jewish Sabbath throughout the Pittsburgh area, said Werber.
Mrs. Glick was a founder of the Israel Film Festival.
She was named Betty Crocker National Homemaker of the Week, and over national radio, she explained kosher eating and Chinese recipes.
In addition to her daughter, Shanen, Mrs. Bloom is survived by her children, Dov Bloom of Israel, Dr. Elana Bloom of Squirrel Hill and Michael Bloom of Arlington, Va., 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bloom is buried in Israel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Bloom, whom she married in 1946.
A celebration of her life is scheduled at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Hillel Academy, 5685 Beacon St., Squirrel Hill.
Jerry Vondas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- College basketball notebook: Tennessee close to hiring Barnes
- Injuries to Penguins’ Ehrhoff, Letang force defense to pick up slack
- Five is enough for Penguins’ defensemen
- Reversing the field: Pirates continue to raid Yankees for hidden skill
- Steelers’ Tomlin, Pirates’ Hurdle share similar philosophy
- Blaze guts South Greensburg home, kills 2 dogs
- Laurel Mountain Ski Resort discusses planned revival
- Ligonier doctor’s appeal to practice rejected
- High school roundup: Homers highlight Canon-McMillan’s win over Bethel Park
- Foreign clergy mitigate shortage of priests in Diocese of Greensburg
- Pa. Game Commission will continue practice of boosting deer population in certain areas