January 23, 2021 — Los Angeles
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Marlene Bane, a beloved AJC leader, pillar of the Los Angeles Jewish community, and tireless champion of democratic values. Marlene passed peacefully earlier today surrounded by her loving family.
Marlene was a towering force for good, inspiring generations of aspiring leaders across California to make their mark through the high calling of public service. Moreover, she was a trusted confidant, counselor, and friend to many. But she was most proud of being the matriarch of her beautiful family.
The strength and vitality of AJC Los Angeles is due in large part to Marlene’s own strength, determination, and vision. Last year AJC LA established the Marlene Bane Distinguished Public Service Award in her honor. Though the pandemic prevented gathering in person, the inaugural award was presented in July to outgoing University of California President Janet Napolitano, with Marlene joining the small Zoom ceremony to bless this event.
In advance of this event, several AJC leaders and public officials offered personal reflections about Marlene and the difference she had made in their lives. We share this poignant video which you may watch by clicking here.
Last August, AJC LA Director Rick Hirschhaut presented Marlene with a "Tree of Life" sculpture in honor of her lifetime of service to AJC and the people of California. In 2012, Marlene was honored with AJC's Ira E Yellin Community Leadership Award.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Marlene's family. May her memory forever be a blessing.