SWARTZ--Barbara E., died peacefully in New York on July 31, 2014 at age 69 after a long period of declining health. Formerly the director of the New York University Law School's clinic at Bedford Hills Prison, she later became a Distinguished Professor of Law at Touro College Law Center, Long Island, where she also created the school's human rights program in Berlin. A long-time human rights advocate, she served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and other international groups. Her passion later in life was mediation, helping people amicably resolve both domestic and workplace disputes. For several years, she served as a commentator on Court TV. She earned a J.D. from NYU and master's degrees in political science and public health from the Universities of Michigan and Columbia, respectively. Barbara was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 28 and spent 12 years on hemodialysis before receiving a kidney transplant, which sustained her life during the past 18 years. She demonstrated an indomitable will to live a full life and to act on her commitment to human rights in spite of the limitations imposed by illnesses, inspiring many by her example. Barbara loved to travel and developed lasting friendships worldwide. She met her husband, Knud-Erik Rosenkrantz, in Copenhagen 35 years ago. In lieu of a funeral, a celebration of Barbara's life will be held at a later time. Donations may be sent to: Compassion & Choices of New York, 244 Fifth Avenue, #2010, New York, NY 10001-7604.
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Published in The New York Times on Aug. 6, 2014