Elaine Selesnick


Elaine (Siegel) Selesnick, of Newburgh and Fort Lauderdale, died Feb. 1, 2013, while surrounded by her family.

She earned a B.S. degree was from New York University , a master's degree from New School of Social Research and a doctorate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Quigley Bros. Funeral Home handled her funeral arrangements and published her obituary.

She had a private practice of psychosexual and relationship therapy in Newburgh. She also was on staff at NYU Medical Center's department of psychiatry and behavioral health, was on staff at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, was a supervisor for a comprehensive sex therapy training program for physicians and health professionals at New York Medical College and was an assistant clinical instructor of the family medicine residency program at New York Medical College.

In addition, she lectured at Orange County Community College, Dutchess County Community College, State University of New York at New Paltz and the Orange County Department of Health . She also was a consultant for Cosmopolitan and other national magazines.

She enjoyed theater, arts and museums. In addition to her academic and career achievements, she was an accomplished painter and sculptor. She especially loved her views of the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean, depending on the season.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Dr. Stanley Z. Selesnick; two children, Dr. F. Harlan and Randy Selesnick of Miami and Dr. Fern Selesnick and Sheldon W. Frisch of Marblehead, Mass.; four grandchildren, Kelly Selesnick, Genna Selesnick, Gavin Frisch and Skylar Frisch; an aunt, Evelyn of Marlboro; a sister-in-law, Florence Selesnick of Coconut Creek, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Goldstein.

Her funeral took place Feb. 3 at Congregation Agudus Israel, 290 North St., in Newburgh. Entombment followed at Cedar Hill Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to Renal Transplant Program, 622 West 168th Street, PH-12, Columbia/Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10032. Attention: Joan Kelly.

Published in Newsday Westchester on Feb. 15, 2013
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