Bess Rosenfeld Katz, 91, Transcriber, Writer and Pu​blic-School Teacher



Bess Rosenfeld Katz, 91, a partner in her family's reporting firm, died Feb. 21 at the nursing facility at the Watermark at Logan Square in Center City. She had lived there for three years.

Katz and her husband, Martin, worked as a team. A stenotype reporter, Martin opened Atlas Reporting Service in Center City shortly after returning from his Army duties in Panama during World War II. He recorded the speeches in shorthand, and she transcribed his work.

Because both had studied medical terminology, the couple was frequently called to work at medical conventions.

The Katzes worked together at Atlas until they sold the business in 1980.

Born in Philadelphia, Bess Katz graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1933, attended the Philadelphia Normal School and worked as a substitute teacher in city public schools.

They lived in Mount Airy from 1965 to 2002, when they moved to Center City. In 2005, they moved to Logan Square.

Bess Katz was a founder of the Sholom Aleichem Club in Philadelphia, where she contributed to Haggadah for a Secular Celebration of Pesach, which the club published in 1975. She also served as secretary for the Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations.

Besides her husband, Katz is survived by daughter Elaine Sohn; son Victor Katz; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.



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