Rhoda Kassof Isaac, 1929 – 2022
Rhoda Kassof Isaac, 93, died of age-related illnesses as well as Covid-19 on January 26th 2022.
She was born in New York City and grew up there before moving to a chicken farm in New Jersey. She studied textile design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and was the mother of Jan Luss (1949-1996, son of her first husband Gerald Luss). She married Henry Isaac in 1954 and her son Jeffrey Isaac was born in 1956. The family moved to Switzerland in 1963. She resumed her studies in mid-life culminating in a degree in analytical psychology from the CG Jung Institute, specializing in picture interpretation. In 1988 she moved to Princeton, New Jersey. Her career included work as an artist in various media including drawing, painting, ceramics and photography. She taught art to adults and children in the US and Switzerland as well as for several years at the American International School of Zurich. She practiced psychoanalysis and continued her work as an artist until shortly before her death. She is remembered by her extended family, her son Jeffrey, his wife Sophie Clarke and grandson Elias Isaac, her three nieces Annie Kassof, Anita Kassof and particularly Arlen Kassof Hastings who was her daily caregiver in the last months of her life, and by the many people whose lives she touched as a friend, teacher, analyst and mentor.