Activist, reformer, teacher

Judith Kolokoff, 90, of Oak Park, Chicago, and Seattle, died peacefully on Dec. 29, 2019 in Seattle, after a short battle with a glioblastoma. An amazing woman, brilliant, strong-willed, and ferociously dedicated to her work, she was a true warrior for peace and justice. 

For 18 years, she was the director of an alternative high school learning community in Oak Park and River Forest High School and for seven years she served as the regional director of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Friends Service Committee in Seattle. She was instrumental in organizing “Jewish Voice for Peace” in Seattle and was a founding member of the national organization “American Jews for a Just Peace.” She also worked as the tour coordinator for the “Refuser Solidarity Network” and organized the first national tour for “Breaking the Silence.” 

A human rights activist for 75 years, in the past 20 years her work was strongly focused on working for justice for Palestinians and for peace in Palestine and Israel. Very much loved, she will be sorely missed by a large worldwide community of friends. 

Judith Kolokoff is survived by her children, Valerie Kolokoff, Rachel (George) Hopper, Mark (Jeannette) Kolokoff, and Lisa Kolokoff; her grandchildren, Brenna (Kevan) McCrummen, Zackary (Chandra) Gjullin, Wyatt Gjullin, Simon Kolokoff, Esther (Arsalan) Ansari, Briana (Burke) Butler, Weston Kolokoff, Maia Nowack and Ethan Nowack; her great-grandchildren, Ayla McCrummen, Sawyer McCrummen, Braxton Gjullin, Keeleigh Gjullin, Lyla Ansari and Ava Ansari; her sisters, Barbara Stone and Carol Rosofsky; many nephews and nieces; and her beloved dog, Barney. She was preceded in death by her son, David Kolokoff and her parents, Emanuel and Dorothy (Friedlander) Rawson. 

A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 8 at Kadima Reconstructionist Community, 832 32nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. Rabbi David Basior officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice: https://rachelcorriefoundation.org.

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