Obituary: Regina Elkan

Obituary: Regina Elkan

Regina Elkan passed away peacefully May 21, 2017.

Regina Elkan passed away peacefully May 21, 2017. Regina (“Genie” to her family and east coast friends) graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and moved to Philadelphia, where she did educational research and photojournalism.

Her photography of the Italian Market was notable for capturing the essence of the district. Projects took her to San Francisco, where she settled. She was drawn to medical research, editing and writing brochures and conference notes.

She also worked as an editor for the PBS Great Issues series. She was always drawn back to photography, using film and developing pictures in her darkroom. Regina showed in San Francisco galleries and artist collectives. She was involved in the photography and animation community and loved hiking in the California Mountains.

Regina savored life and relationships and the beauty of her immediate surrounds. She was a generous and loyal friend who always wanted to help. She had a gift of bringing people into her life and sustaining deep friendships. Family was important to Regina and she did extensive research finding relatives and collecting stories.

Regina is survived by her mother, Mary Elkan; sister, Stephanie (Jeffrey) Knauer; nephew, Marshall Knauer and niece, Madeline Knauer. She was preceded in death by her father, Morris Elkan (of Blessed Memory). Sign online guest book at

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Sierra Club, The American Brain Tumor Association or Hospice Atlanta.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at  Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Shalom Lewis officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.


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