Evelyn Magnin Obituary

August 6, 1986

Los Angeles Times


   Evelyn R. Magnin, prominent Southland volunteer and a principal supporter of the Beverly Hills library, is dead.
   The widow of Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin, she was 92 when she died Saturday, Wilshire Boulevard Temple announced Tuesday.
   Magnin, who died in 1984, was a young rabbi newly arrived at B'nai B'rith Temple, forerunner of Wilshire, when in 1916 he took Evelyn Rosenthal as his bride.
   They purchased a home in Beverly Hills at a time when a dirt road connected downtown Los Angeles with the Westside and there the new Mrs. Magnin began the charitable work for which she became known.
   Over the years she served on the boards of Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, the Girl Scouts, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Senior Citizens of Beverly Hills.
   She also was the founding president of Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta, the first Jewish congregation for the deaf in the United States.
   But replacing the old Beverly Hills library was a favored activity.
   She served on the first board of directors of the Friends of the Library and in 1963 was a prime mover behind a $1-million bond issue that made the library plan a reality.
   Survivors include her son, Henry; a daughter, Mae Brussell; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.