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Westheimer, David Kaplan

Male 1927 - 2005  (77 years)


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  • Name Westheimer, David Kaplan  [1
    Born 9 Nov 1927  Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 717F611D183940A8878A770D08AEDF411275 
    Buried Nov 2005  Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Nov 2005  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I25938  My Family Tree | Weiss Lang Family Branch
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2020 

    Father Westheimer, Adolph,   b. 6 Jul 1876, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1929, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Kaplan, Esther,   b. 25 Dec 1884, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1946, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1909  Harris County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F24160  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rothstein, Doris Gertrude,   b. 29 Jun 1920, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 2013  (Age 93 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Westheimer, Fred Kahn
    +2. Westheimer, Eric,   b. 9 Feb 1950, Houston, Harris, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 2007, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 3 May 2020 
    Family ID F9286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • {geni:about_me} Novelist. A native Texan, he graduated from San Jacinto High school in 1933, worked for the Houston Post as a journalist from 1940 to 1960. Moving to Los Angeles to write full time, he was author of fifteen novelsand one non-fiction book. He is well known for his best sellers "Von Ryan's Express," a 1965, 20th Century Fox Oscar-nominated movie and "My Sweet Charlie," a 1966, Emmy Award television movie. In the Army Air Forces during WW II, as a navigator on a B-24 bomber that was shot down in 1942, he spent 28 months in POW camps. He also served in the Korean War and left the service as Lieutenant Colonel, recipient of an Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. "The Greast Wounded Bird", is recollections of World War II, and his last novel, "Delay En Route," was published in 2002, is a lighthearted tale of an American POW. Cause of death: Heart failure Survived by wife: Dody & son: Fred D. Westheimer.
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      David Westheimer, who wrote the novels ''My Sweet Charlie'' and ''Von Ryan's Express,'' which was turned into a movie starring Frank Sinatra, died here on Nov. 8. He was 88. The cause was heart failure, said his son Fred.

      Mr. Westheimer, who was born in Houston, graduated from Rice University in 1937 and joined The Houston Post, where he was an editor and columnist. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was a navigator aboard aB-24 bomber that was shot down by Italian fighter planes. He spent 28 months as a prisoner of war and was released in 1945.

      He drew upon the experience and wrote ''Von Ryan's Express,'' a story about an American P.O.W. leading his fellow prisoners on a daring escape in Italy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best sound effects.

      In 1965, Mr. Westheimer wrote ''My Sweet Charlie,'' which dealt with racial tensions in a Texas town. The novel focuses on a bond that develops between a black civil rights activist and a white teenager who is pregnant but not married.

      ''My Sweet Charlie'' was made into a successful play, which was produced on Broadway in 1966. It was later made into a television movie that earned an Emmy Award for Patty Duke, who starred as the teenager. Mr. Westheimer's otherbooks include ''Summer on the Water,'' ''Sitting It Out'' and ''Delay En Route.''

      He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dody; his sons Fred and Eric; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

      -- New York Times, November 20, 2005

      http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F01E1D71E3EF933A15752C1A9639C8B63

  • Sources 
    1. [S1006] Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.Original data: Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State), 1,8781::0.

    2. [S1586] Social Security Applications and Claims Index.

    3. [S326] FindAGrave.com.

    4. [S417] Texas Marriage Index.