For over thirty years, Ya'akov Recanati was closely and actively involved in the growth and development of maritime archaeology in Israel. He continued the maritime tradition of the family that was introduced by his brother Raphael who generously supported the Undersea Exploration Society of Israel in its embryonic stages. A decade later he sponsored the establishment of the Center for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa.

In the early sixties, Ya'akov suggested that the society move its headquarters from Ma'agan Mikhael to the El Yam offices in Haifa, in order to provide all the services needed to efficiently run its operations. Ya'akov was influential in the management of the CMS and later became one of its directors and an active member of the University's Board of Governors - positions he kept till his last days.

Ya'akov was very modest, almost shy in his behavior, a good listener and most careful in his judgement of the opinions of others, even when not in accord with his own views. Nevertheless, he stood up for his convictions always advocating moral values above narrow populist interests. Whenever we faced any problems we knew that there was a true friend to turn to for advice and support. The staff of the CMS, together with the faculty and students of the Department of Maritime Civilizations feel his absence and mourn his untimely passing. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his wife Ruth, his sons Leny, David and Ariel, his brother Raphael, and their families.

We are eagerly looking forward to Ariel taking over the chairmanship of the CMS Board of Directors, thus continuing the Recanati family tradition of involvement in the unique program they were instrumental in developing at the University of Haifa. I wish to conclude on a more personal note. I have known Ya'akov since 1941, when he served as a young councilor in the Tsofim (scouts) in Tel Aviv. I spent many happy hours in the family home that overlooked the Moadon (clubhouse) at the 'Water Tower', planning our educational activities with his brother, Raphael. I cherish these memories very much and will miss Ya'akov as an old-time friend and partner.

May his memory be blessed.

Elisha Linder

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