BROOKS--Lynn, (nee Marilyn Schwarz), founder of Big Apple Greeter, passed away suddenly on May 4, 2013, surrounded by her husband, three sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. Lynn was the loving and adored wife of Stan Brooks, long-time news reporter for 1010 WINS radio. Lynn was born in Mt. Vernon, NY on September 10, 1930 to B. Leo Schwarz and Beatrice Rothschild, and was raised by her father and stepmother, Ruth Cohen Schwarz. She was the sister of William O. Schwarz. Lynn attended Julia Richmond High School, Pennsylvania College for Women, and Hunter College. She attained a MA degree in Human Relations from New York University. Lynn worked at the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Adelphi University, and the International Center of New York, before going on to found Big Apple Greeter in 1992. Lynn loved New York City - its cultural attractions, its parks, and, most of all, its diversity - and she took great pride in establishing an organization that enabled thousands of visitors from around the world to share in her appreciation of the City and its people. Lynn was a life-long fighter and activist for civil rights, women's rights, and social justice. She was recently chosen as a winner of a nationwide Later-Life Story Contest by the Center for Productive Longevity. Lynn is survived by her husband, Stan, her sons, Rick, George, and Bennett, her three daughters-in-law, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and six nieces and nephews, as well as countless admiring friends and colleagues. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00AM at the Riverside Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, New York City. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by Big Apple Greeter, 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007.
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Published in The New York Times on May 6, 2013