AVIGAD--Lois Libby Schwartz passed away on September 5th after a noble battle with cancer. Born in New York City, April 29, 1933 to Hyman and Gertrude Schwartz, Lois grew up in Bellerose, Queens and graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, MA in 1954. This was followed by thirty years as a Research Associate at New York University Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Bernheimer, contributing to important research studies and publications on the properties of bacterial hemolytic toxins, such as streptococcus and staphylococcus. After receiving a Master's Degree in Arts from New York University, Lois devoted her last twenty seven years to the study of art, particularly American Folk Art, and maintained a close association with the Museum of American Folk Art. The love of art and music laminated her life. In her endeavors, Lois was industrious, dedicated, enthusiastic and orderly. She used scientific and fact-based analysis in her work and everyday life. Everyone who knew her appreciated her modesty, good taste, directness and clarity of thought. She leaves behind her husband Gad, daughter Rachel Tamar Noel (Dan), grandchildren Jonah, Asher, Isaac and Malachi, brother and sister-in-law Marvin and Donna Schwartz, their children Elizabeth and Charles, cousins Melvin Gray and Jackie Laster, and many other beloved cousins and friends. Funeral services will be private.
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Published in The New York Times on Sept. 7, 2013