- Leona Mayer Merrin
Gershenson, Joseph (12 January 1904–18 January 1988), motion picture music director, film producer, and orchestra conductor, was born in Kishinev, Russia, the son of Louis Gershenson, a musician, and Ida (maiden name unknown). His mother died when he was a toddler. His father remarried, and his stepmother, also named Ida, raised him. His family emigrated to the United States when Joseph was three. When he was five years old and living in New York, his father performed as U.S. Army bandleader, a post that led to his service as bandmaster of the Eighty-seventh Field Artillery at Camp Fort Ethan Allen, Vermont....