Jules and Charlotte Joskow die days apart
Jules Joskow, an economist and founder of an international consulting firm, and his wife, Charlotte, a former public schoolteacher, died this week. They were both 89 years old.
In their 68 years of marriage, the Great Neck couple raised three children, advocated for Jewish causes and devoted themselves to intellectual and cultural pursuits.
This week, they were to celebrate their 90th birthdays -- having been born four days apart.
"They did it all together," said their younger son, Andrew Joskow, 54, of Arlington, Va.
"When people talked about them it was always 'Charlotte and Jules.' "
Charlotte died this past Sunday night and Jules died on Tuesday afternoon after they were injured July 7 in a car accident outside Glen Head Country Club.
The Joskows' 2012 Mercedes sedan was broadsided by a vehicle driven by a Hicksville man as the couple attempted to turn into the country club's entrance shortly before 7 p.m. that night, according to family and the police accident report.
The Joskows were buried Thursday in a private ceremony.
They were both children of working-class Polish immigrants -- he from the Bronx and she from Brooklyn -- who met on the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach in Queens.
Jules was the son of Abraham and Mollie Joskow, owners of a children's clothing store in the Bronx. He studied economics at City College in upper Manhattan, eventually going on to earn a doctorate from Columbia University.
He became a professor, returning to City College to teach economics and statistics through the 1940s and 1950s, while advising various utility companies and the telecommunications industry.
In 1961, he and two others founded National Economic Research Associates, one of the first economic consulting firms of its kind. In 1983, the global financial company Marsh & McLennan purchased NERA. Today, NERA has 600 employees in offices throughout the United States and the world.
Charlotte Joan Joskow was the daughter of Morris and Sarah Epstein of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
She graduated from Hunter College, then taught math and business in New York City public schools. She stayed home to raise the couple's children. "She stopped working for pay," Andrew Joskow said. "But she was the CEO of our household."
The couple lived for a while in Fresh Meadows before moving to Great Neck in 1969. They were longtime members of Temple Emanuel in Great Neck, the American Jewish Congress, the UJA-Federation of New York and the Anti-Defamation League. Jules was a past president of Glen Head Country Club and Temple Emanuel.
The couple lived primarily in Boca Raton, Fla., at the time of their deaths, returning to Great Neck in the summer months.
In addition to Andrew, they are survived by another son, Paul of Manhattan, and five grandchildren. They are predeceased by their daughter, Margaret.
Jules Joskow is survived by a sister, Rosalyn Murray of New Hyde Park.
With Nicholas Spangler