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Michele Faye Kort

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January 30, 1950 - June 26, 2015 MICHELE FAYE KORT (January 30, 1950 - June 26, 2015) died peacefully at home Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer. A dedicated feminist and senior editor of Ms. magazine for the past 13 years. Michele completed her BA in art history at UCLA and graduated with an MBA in arts management in 1975. She became director of the Women's Building, an early feminist space in Los Angeles. A lifelong Angeleno, Michele was a devoted fan of the Bruins and played for the UCLA women's basketball team before Title IX opened up women's access to collegiate sports. She adored women's sports and covered them passionately throughout her career. After leaving the Women's Building, Michele began writing for The Grantsmanship Center News, which launched her award-winning career in journalism-first as a freelancer and later as an editor. Over her many decades in journalism, her bylines-covering sports, music, culture, art and feminist issues-appeared in LA Weekly, The Advocate, Shape, Redbook, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Songwriter, InStyle, Living Fit, Fit Pregnancy, Vegetarian Times, Fitness, UCLA Magazine, Women's Sports and Fitness and more. Her four published books have gained her a loyal following of readers who contact her regularly. Michele was a passionate lover of all music, always ready with a must-hear tune to bring out your inner dancer. Her biography of singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro, was her greatest labor of love and is soon to be re-released-with a new afterword-as an e-book. She is survived by her partner of 25 years, Miriam; her father, Norman Kort; her sister Melissa Kort (Tom Meade); her beloved nephew Isaac Kort-Meade; her Kort, Geldin, and Bloom cousins; hundreds of friends, and her Corgis, Millie and Cricket. Services will be held Sunday at 1pm at Santa Monica Synagogue.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 28, 2015
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