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Deceased Name: BERGER , SYLVIA JOSEPHS

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. In her 100th year. Died on March 2, 2002. A woman of extraordinary intelligence and taste; character and grace. Fiercely independent in mind and action. Her midwestern roots were evident in her sense of fairness and ethics. Born and raised in Duluth, MN she graduated from Smith College in 1924 (was the only one to return and participate in her 75th reunion). Attended the Sorbonne, received a law degree from New York University in the late 1920's. She was a pro bono lawyer for 20 years at the Juvenile Court in the Bronx. A seasoned traveller before World War II. She could read Greek, Latin and French; studied Russian language and Russian literature at Hunter College until she was 96. Attended art classes at the Metropolitan Museum and went to the Philharmonic until late last fall. Married to Arthur M. Berger for over 53 years. He predeceased her, as did a brother Irving and son-in-law Daniel Cowin. Survived by daughter Joyce Cowin, three grandchildren Kenneth (Jasmin), Andrew (Allyson), Dana (Barclay Palmer), three great-grandchildren Reagan and Alexandra Cowin, Sylvie Palmer. As well as a sister Muriel Cowan and brother Arthur Josephs (Adrianne) from Duluth, MN. Interment private. A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter's, April 3rd, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Russian Department at Hunter College or the Jewish Studies Program at Smith College.

 

New York Times, The (NY)

Date: March 10, 2002

 

Deceased Name: BERGER , SYLVIA JOSEPHS

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. In her 100th year. Died on March 2, 2002. A woman of extraordinary intelligence and taste; character and grace. Fiercely independent in mind and action. Her midwestern roots were evident in her sense of fairness and ethics. Born and raised in Duluth, MN she graduated from Smith College in 1924 (was the only one to return and participate in her 75th reunion). Attended the Sorbonne, received a law degree from New York University in the late 1920's. She was a pro bono lawyer for 20 years at the Juvenile Court in the Bronx. A seasoned traveller before World War II. She could read Greek, Latin and French; studied Russian language and Russian literature at Hunter College until she was 96. Attended art classes at the Metropolitan Museum and went to the Philharmonic until late last fall. Married to Arthur M. Berger for over 53 years. He predeceased her, as did a brother Irving and son-in-law Daniel Cowin. Survived by daughter Joyce Cowin, three grandchildren Kenneth (Jasmin), Andrew (Allyson), Dana (Barclay Palmer), three great-grandchildren Reagan and Alexandra Cowin, Sylvie Palmer. As well as a sister Muriel Cowan and brother Arthur Josephs (Adrianne) from Duluth, MN. Interment private. A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter's, April 3rd, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Russian Department at Hunter College or the Jewish Studies Program at Smith College.

 

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. The Child Development Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services notes with sadness the passing of Sylvia Berger, beloved mother of Joyce Cowin. A devoted JBFCS trustee and former chair of the CDC Divisional Committee, Joyce's commitment and generosity to families and children in need follows the example set by her mother. Sylvia Berger gave of her time and wisdom in many ways, including as an advocate working with the Court Program of Jewish Board of Guardians (a JBFCS predecessor agency). Our condolences to Joyce and her entire family. Renee J. Ward, Chair, CDC Divisional Committee Marian Davidson-Amodeo, Director, CDC

 

BERGER-Sylvia. The Smith College community mourns the death of Sylvia Josephs Berger, a beloved alumna who inspired generations of women with her life long passion for learning. Fellow alumnae extend condolences to Joyce Cowin, who carries on her mother's legacy.

 

New York Times, The (NY)

Date: March 9, 2002

 

 

Deceased Name: BERGER , SYLVIA JOSEPHS

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. In her 100th year. Died on March 2, 2002. A woman of extraordinary intelligence and taste; character and grace. Fiercely independent in mind and action. Her midwestern roots were evident in her sense of fairness and ethics. Born and raised in Duluth, MN she graduated from Smith College in 1924 (was the only one to return and participate in her 75th reunion). Attended the Sorbonne, received a law degree from New York University in the late 1920's. She was a pro bono lawyer for 20 years at the Juvenile Court in the Bronx. A seasoned traveller before World War II. She could read Greek, Latin and French; studied Russian language and Russian literature at Hunter College until she was 96. Attended art classes at the Metropolitan Museum and went to the Philharmonic until late last fall. Married to Arthur M. Berger for over 53 years. He predeceased her, as did a brother Irving and son-in-law Daniel Cowin. Survived by daughter Joyce Cowin, three grandchildren Kenneth (Jasmin), Andrew (Allyson), Dana (Barclay Palmer), three great-grandchildren Reagan and Alexandra Cowin, Sylvie Palmer. As well as a sister Muriel Cowan and brother Arthur Josephs (Adrianne) from Duluth, MN. Interment private. A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter's, April 3rd, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Russian Department at Hunter College or the Jewish Studies Program at Smith College.

 

BERGER-Sylvia. The Board of Trustees, the faculty, students, and staff of Teachers College, Columbia University are deeply saddened by the passing of Sylvia Berger, the beloved mother of Joyce Cowin, devoted alumnae and trustee of Teachers College. Ms. Berger, proud of her Midwestern roots, was a pioneer who paved the way for women in the field of law. She was a woman who lived life fully traveling in Ethiopia, Egypt, and aboard the Trans Siberian Railroad before it was fashionable for young women to do such things. Hers was a life characterized by a love of learning. She read Russian literature in Russian. She took classes well into her 90's. She supported educational institutions, including Teachers College and the Heritage School, a public school in East Harlem, largely anonymously. She gave of herself for causes she believed in including 20 years as a pro bono lawyer. Sylvia Berger was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life. On behalf of the TC community, condolences to Joyce and her family. Arthur Levine, President of Teachers College, Columbia University

 

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York extends warm condolences to the Berger family. We have deeply appreciated her friendship and support of our Art History department over the past 20 years. We will miss her love of learning, her generosity, & vision.

 

New York Times, The (NY)

Date: March 6, 2002

 

 

 

Deceased Name: BERGER , SYLVIA JOSEPHS

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. In her 100th year. Died on March 2, 2002. A woman of extraordinary intelligence and taste; character and grace. Fiercely independent in mind and action. Her midwestern roots were evident in her sense of fairness and ethics. Born and raised in Duluth, MN she graduated from Smith College in 1924 (was the only one to return and participate in her 75th reunion). Attended the Sorbonne, received a law degree from New York University in the late 1920's. She was a pro bono lawyer for 20 years at the Juvenile Court in the Bronx. A seasoned traveller before World War II. She could read Greek, Latin and French; studied Russian language and Russian literature at Hunter College until she was 96. Attended art classes at the Metropolitan Museum and went to the Philharmonic until late last fall. Married to Arthur M. Berger for over 53 years. He predeceased her, as did a brother Irving and son-in-law Daniel Cowin. Survived by daughter Joyce Cowin, three grandchildren Kenneth (Jasmin), Andrew (Allyson), Dana (Barclay Palmer), three great-grandchildren Reagan and Alexandra Cowin, Sylvie Palmer. As well as a sister Muriel Cowan and brother Arthur Josephs (Adrianne) from Duluth, MN. Interment private. A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter's, April 3rd, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Russian Department at Hunter College or the Jewish Studies Program at Smith College.

 

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. The Board of Trustees and Professional Staff of the American Folk Art Museum record with sorrow the death of their friend Sylvia Josephs Berger, mother of Joyce Cowin, a dedicated member of the Museum's Board. A person of grace and quiet dignity, Sylvia Berger enjoyed a long lifetime distinguished by its adventurous pursuits, commitment to learning and often anonymous deeds of kindness. She joined her daughter, Joyce, and late son-in-law, Daniel Cowin, in rallying to the cause of the American Folk Art Museum, doing so with her customary generosity and enthusiasm to help the Museum realize its dream of a new institutional home. Living into her 100th year, Sylvia Berger embraced life to its fullest. To Joyce and her family we convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. Ralph Esmerian, Chairman L. John Wilkerson, President Board of Trustees Gerard C. Wertkin, Director

 

BERGER-Sylvia. The Board of Directors and members of the Quaker Ridge Golf Club record with deep sorrow the passing of our esteemed member, Sylvia Berger, who had a long association with our club. Our condolences go to her family. Beth Z. Post, President Roger H. Tulcin, Secretary

 

New York Times, The (NY)

Date: March 5, 2002

 

 

Deceased Name: BERGER , SYLVIA JOSEPHS

BERGER-Sylvia Josephs. In her 100th year. Died on March 2, 2002. A woman of extraordinary intelligence and taste; character and grace. Fiercely independent in mind and action. Her midwestern roots were evident in her sense of fairness and ethics. Born and raised in Duluth, MN she graduated from Smith College in 1924 (was the only one to return and participate in her 75th reunion). Attended the Sorbonne, received a law degree from New York University in the late 1920's. She was a pro bono lawyer for 20 years at the Juvenile Court in the Bronx. A seasoned traveller before World War II. She could read Greek, Latin and French; studied Russian language and Russian literature at Hunter College until she was 96. Attended art classes at the Metropolitan Museum and went to the Philharmonic until late last fall. Married to Arthur M. Berger for over 53 years. He predeceased her, as did a brother Irving and son-in-law Daniel Cowin. Survived by daughter Joyce Cowin, three grandchildren Kenneth (Jasmin), Andrew (Allyson), Dana (Barclay Palmer), three great-grandchildren Reagan and Alexandra Cowin, Sylvie Palmer. As well as a sister Muriel Cowan and brother Arthur Josephs (Adrianne) from Duluth, MN. Interment private. A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter's, April 3rd, 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Russian Department at Hunter College or the Jewish Studies Program at Smith College.

 

BERGER-Sylvia. The Board of Trustees and staff of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services note with sadness the passing of Sylvia Berger, beloved mother of Joyce Cowin, a devoted JBFCS trustee and friend. Sylvia Berger lived a rich and full life. Our condolences to Joyce and her entire family. Joseph S. Kaplan Chairman of the Board Jean L. Troubh, President Alan B. Siskind, Ph.D. Executive Vice President and CEO

 

New York Times, The (NY)

Date: March 4, 2002

 

 

 

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