Doris Isaac Grumbach

July 12, 1918 - November 4, 2022 Kennett Square, PA | Age 104

Doris Isaac Grumbach was a novelist, author of six memoirs, and literary critic. Born to Leonard Isaac and Helen (Oppenheimer) Isaac on July 12, 1918, she died on November 4, 2022, at the age of 104, at Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square, PA. She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Wheeler, Elizabeth Cale, and Kathryn Grumbach; three grandchildren, Isaac Wheeler, Maya Yarowsky, and Hannah Yarowsky; and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Emily and Pele. She was predeceased by her former husband, Leonard Grumbach; her daughter, Jane Emerson, and her partner of 49 years, Sybil Pike. Accounts of her life and work can be found here:

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  1. Mrs. Grumbach was my writing professor over 40 years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t practice the skills she taught me and remember to honor the author. I wrote about her at length here when I heard of her passing; I hope it will bring her to mind as clearly as she remains in mine:

    Nita Congress | November 23, 2022 at 1:19 AM
  2. Doris inspired me to live my life on my terms. I will always be grateful.

    Priscilla | November 14, 2022 at 7:11 PM

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