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Ann H. Jackowitz, 74, a parttime resident of Fleischmanns, N.Y. since 1999, died of complications from thyroid cancer on April 21, 2019 in New York City. She was outgoing and made friends easily, cared deeply about people and issues. Her local memberships included Fleischmanns First, Common Ground Garden Club and Congregation B’nai Israel Synagogue.
A writer of fiction and nonfiction and advocate for social justice, women’s health, and LGBTQ issues, she worked for 30 years in nonprofit fundraising for many organizations. She was executive director of the New York City Health and Hospitals Foundation and headed the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she also was on the hospital’s institutional review board (IRB).
She wrote for publications such as The Forward, Next Avenue, Mic, Lilith, and the 1984 feminist anthology, “Between Women: Biographers, Novelists, Critics, Teachers and Artists Write about Their Work on Women.”
A breast-cancer survivor, she became an activist for breast cancer research, serving on the board and advocacy committee of SHARE, a New York organization for women who had breast cancer, and co-founding the National Breast Cancer Coalition. In addition, she taught humanities at Dobbs Ferry (NY) High School and worked as a commercial film producer. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Simmons College and a Master’s degree in history from New York University.
Married to Barbara Taff, her partner of 33 years, she is also survived by her sister, Leslie (Alvan) Ramler of Pocasset, MA.