Beloved and caring father, husband, brother, uncle, and friend, Dr. Ira Lewis Tedoff, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones May 27, 2021 at the age of 74.
Ira was born in Somerville, N.J., on Jan. 31, 1947, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ira was a doting elder brother to Paul Tedoff (of blessed memory) and Victor Alvin Tedoff. Finishing high school at the early age of 16, Ira graduated from Brooklyn College in 1967 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1972.
Ira maintained a private clinical practice in Atlanta for over 40 years up until his passing. Passionate about musical theater and singing, Ira also performed in numerous theatrical productions and sang in choirs throughout the greater Atlanta area for over 20 years.
One of the greatest joys of Ira’s life was being a devoted father. Ira instilled in his children a love of people and an avid curiosity about the world. He laid a beautiful and strong foundation upon which his children will continue to pursue their dreams. Ira was also known for the ease with which he would engage those around him, making fast friends with people from all walks of life. As he was as a father, Ira was a compassionate, nurturing and dedicated psychologist who excelled at fostering an environment where his patients felt seen and heard. He will be sorely missed by all those who sought his counsel.
Ira had a quick wit and zany sense of humor, which delighted all those who had the fortune of interacting with him. Ira was known for his astute observations, delivered with a perfect dose of irreverence. Ira encouraged his friends and family to move through the world with open hearts and engaged minds. Ira, you were bigger than life; and life will never be the same without you. We love you forever and always.
Ira was preceded in death by younger brother Paul Tedoff and loving parents Pearl Tedoff (née Wetter) and Harry Tedoff. Ira is survived by his beloved wife Dr. Lisa Ann Vinokur and their two children Bryna Pearl Tedoff and Perlman (Perly) Brice Tedoff. Ira is also survived by his eldest daughter Pauley Faran Tedoff; his younger brother Victor Alvin Tedoff; and nephews Harrison Joseph Tedoff and Truman Paul Tedoff.
Rabbi Mayer Freedman officiated at a graveside service at North Atlanta Memorial Park May 30.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira’s memory may be made to Renewal.org, Congregation Anshei Sfard, and the Callanwolde Concert Band. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.