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6C THE DETROIT NEWS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1992 William Avrunin, Jewish community leader By Tarek Hamada THE DETROIT NEWS William Avrunin worked hard to help the poor and especially his fellow Jews during a long career as a journalist, social worker and community leader. "Mr. Avrunin Bill to all who knew and worked with him - helped snape tne postwar Jewish community, its agencies and its central organization, the Jewish Federation," said a statement from federation President David K.Page and Executive Mr. Avrunin Vice-President Robert P. Aronson. "A generation of Detroit Jewish leadership owes a debt of gratitude to this extraordinary teacher and role model." Mr. Avrunin. a former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, died of he? 7 37 disease Thursday, Nov. 19, 1992, in Providence Hospital, Southfield. He was 81. He started at the federation as associate director in 1948. He was appointed executive director in 1964 and became executive vice-president in 1967. Although Mr. Avrunin retired from the federation in 1976, he advised the group's leadership as executive vice-president emeritus, Page and Aronson said. "Bill continued to counsel succeeding federation executives, who respected his knowledge, judgment and experience," they said. Before he came to Detroit, Mr. Avrunin edited a Jewish magazine in Cleveland and was a social worker there and in New York. He was executive director of the Jewish Federation in Fort Wayne, Ind., from 1943 to 1945, and regional director of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds, East Central States Division, in Cleveland from 1945 to 1947. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Avrunin graduated from Ohio State University in 1933 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He did graduate work in applied social science at Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Mr. Avrunin was a leader of many national Jewish and social work or ganizations. His affiliations included serving as president of the National Committee for Big Brother and Big Sister Service in 1941; president of the National Conference of Jewish Com munal Service from 1966-67; execu tive committee member of the Michigan Welfare League from 1972-74; and board member of the National Jewish Welfare Board from 1972-75. Mr. Avrunin also was a member of the American Association of Social Workers, Association of Certified Social Workers, National Conference of Social Work and Sigma Delta Chi, a national journalism group. Surviving are his wife, Frieda; a son, Mark; a daughter, Stephanie Waldman; a sister, Faye Hurvitz; and four grandchildren. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Ira Kaufman Chapel, 18325 W. Nine Mile Road, South-field, with burial in Beth El Memorial Park, Livonia.