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Dietrich Franz Jolowicz
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1919
Wielkopolskie, Poland
Death: Nov. 8, 2005
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Celebrated owner of Discophile, a classical record shop in New York City's Greenwich Village until its closure in 1983, and renowned for his encyclopedic knowledge and love of music. He had been seriously ill for a year with heart trouble and a recurrence of cancer that had been diagnosed 20 years earlier.

Born in Posen, Germany (now part of Poland since WWII) in 1919, he was raised in Leipzig and moved with his family to Paris in the late 1930s. He joined the French Foreign Legion in which he served in North Africa during World War II and after the war worked for the American Red Cross Overseas Association in Italy. He came to the United States in 1951 and later attended the City University of New York.

His memory was prodigious, his heart was big and his interests were many, but his knowledge and love of music was what made Discophile a mecca for people looking for rare recordings of serious music. He was such an indelible presence in that select cadre of New Yorkers that is mentioned in Terrence McNally's 1985 play "The Lisbon Traviata," a play about a fanatical opera colector.

Jolowicz managed the East 8th St. store and an affiliated rare record shop on Eighth Ave. until 1978, when he inherited the business from Joe Greenspan, its founder. The store closed after Tower Records came to the Village and CD's began to replace vinyl analog records.

Jolowicz was a friend of Newell Jenkins, a conductor and a founder of Clarion Music Society and an advocate for classical music played on period instruments. Jolowicz served for many years as a board member of Clarion. "Franz had the most profound and delicate knowledge of music of anyone I knew," said Cornelia Bessie, longtime president of Clarion. Jolowicz was also on the board of Voices of Ascension, a vocal group that began at Church of the Ascension in the Village.

"Franz would go everywhere, concerts by smaller musical groups, dance performances, theater — especially Off-Broadway Theater," said Mary Ritchie Smith, another board member of Clarion.

A cousin, Kathryn Ann Jolowicz, laureate German-American historian of New York City, survives him. His niece, Katharina Jolowicz, of San Diego, also survives. A brother, Raymondo, of Mexico City, died in April of 2004 and a cousin, Peter, of New Haven, died in 2003.

The Jolowicz family, of Jewish origins, has been Christian since the early 1800s. Franz, whose baptismal name was Dietrich Franz, was the son of Ernst and Hedwig Meischneider Jolowicz, both doctors. Ernst Jolowicz was a notable psychiatrist, and Hedwig was a pediatrician, the first female medical doctor in Germany. His uncle, Paul Jolowicz, husband of Ruth von Eltzsch Jolowicz, was the antiquariat for Academic Press, now a division of Harcourt Brace, a publishing concern started by the Jolowicz Brothers in 1870s Posen and became what is now one of the largest commercial publishers in the United States for scientific information.
--- K. Jacob Ruppert, New York/New Orleans.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Created by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Record added: Aug 08, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15192100
Dietrich Franz Jolowicz
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
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I miss all of the great NY shops such as yours. Establishments owned by people who knew and loved their business. An on site expert, who knew how to help their customers. Rest in great peace and eternal happiness Mr. Jolowicz.
- W. R. L.
 Added: Aug. 11, 2007

- Lorraine Blake
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
Es war ein Vergnügen, Sie zu kennen. Vielen Dank für Ihren Beitrag zur Geschichte von New York City.
- K. Jacob Ruppert
 Added: Aug. 8, 2006

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