Artist Sol Schwartz made his sketches using only the light of the stage. Scribblings, he called them. It’s no accident that a 2011 exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum was titled “Drawing in the Dark.”
The Jewish philosopher Michael Wyschogrod died Dec. 17 at the age of 87, after a long illness. He was old enough to have stood with his father across the street from Berlin’s main synagogue as it burned on Kristallnacht, when the Brownshirts unrolled a Torah scroll in the street and charged passersby the equivalent of a dime to trample the length of it. Wyschogrod escaped Germany with his family early in 1939 just as the gates were closing, obtaining an American visa thanks to an uncle in Atlanta whose employer knew a U.S. senator. He was a brand plucked out of the fire. And he was, perhaps, our last living link to the engagement of yeshiva-educated Orthodox Jews with continental philosophy.
Lillian Gilbert, a rare woman in the mostly all-male ranks of Reno business CEOs in the l940s and 50s, died Sunday at a Reno rehabilitation center, three months short of her 102nd birthday. She had been treated for various illnesses.
Lucia Boletti Gagliardo died on October 16, at Menorah Hospice in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, after a short battle with cancer. She was 52.
In a Queens boiler room, armed with little more than a champagne cork and a length of wood, Richard Horowitz helped bring to life some of the foremost symphonic music in the world.
Julien J., 88, a prominent real estate broker and advisor, passed away at his home on October 13, 2015, survived by his cherished and devoted wife of 28 years, Jane Studley.
Lennart Anderson, one of the most prominent and admired painters to translate figurative art into a modern idiom, died on Thursday at his home in Brooklyn. He was 87.
Rosalyn Baxandall, a feminist historian who was among the first to bring scholarly attention to the historical role of women in the workplace and to expand the meaning of “women’s work,” died on Tuesday night at her home in Manhattan. She was 76.
Vivian Stromberg, a founder and later the executive director of Madre, an aid and human rights organization that supports women’s groups around the world, died on Sept. 24 at her home in Brooklyn. She was 74.
William E. Paul, a leading immunologist with the National Institutes of Health who oversaw and redirected HIV/AIDS research in the United States in the mid-1990s, when some activists feared that an effective treatment was becoming increasingly elusive, died Sept. 18 at a hospital in New York City. He was 79.