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Obituary for Phyllis Braverman

October 16, 1935 - May 7, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 82

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend


Phyllis Braverman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed away in her home on May 7, 2018. She was born October 16, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents, Ray and Louis Glick.

Phyllis and Shelly Braverman were childhood sweethearts, having met at age 5 at summer camp. They lived in multiple cities in the northeast, eventually settling in Baltimore, MD. In December 1965, Shelly received notice from the Department of Defense to report to Brooke Army Medical Center. It was left to Phyllis to pack their bags and move their 3 small children to San Antonio, where they built a life together and enjoyed 62 years of marriage.

Phyllis spent her life, in the broadest sense of the word, as a teacher. She taught 4th Grade Elementary School; reading to the illiterate; history at the Institute of Texan Cultures; and art as a docent for over 30 years at the McNay and SAMA. But most of all, she wished to instill love and tolerance of her fellow man. As one among a group of four, she helped design a curriculum to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. She used this curriculum to personally teach tens of thousands of middle school and high school students the dangers of bigotry and hatred. With the aid of survivors whom she accompanied to schools in San Antonio and its surrounding communities, she spread the message of love and understanding from generation to generation. Phyllis was also intimately involved in the founding, design and content of the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio.

Beyond her passion for teaching, she will be remembered for her beautiful smile, kind spirit and gentle nature. Phyllis nurtured others and made everyone feel important. She had a special way of connecting with people and anyone who had the pleasure to know her was enriched by her warmth, respect and compassion.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Dr. Shelly Braverman; her two sons: Dr. Richard Braverman & wife, Abbie; Dr. Stuart Braverman & wife, Angela; daughter, Susan Blumenthal & husband, Jon; grandchildren, Charlotte, Adeline, Cooper, Aoife, Declan, Claire and Kate; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Rabbi Marina Yergin and Rabbi Chaim Block will officiate. Interment will follow in Beth-El Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio at

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