MARJORIE M. SORENSEN

SORENSEN--Marjorie M., died in New York City on Sunday, April 13, age 92. Born Marjorie Joyce Mattson on a farm outside of Holdrege, Nebraska, she met her husband, Robert C. Sorensen, at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. They lived in Chicago, where she completed her studies at Northwestern University while active in liberal A.D.A. Democratic Party politics, and Washington, D.C., before moving to Munich, where Dr. Robert Sorensen worked for Radio Free Europe for five years. Marjorie ran the household, learned fluent German, took courses at the Art Academy, and was an active volunteer in efforts to support handicapped children through the German-American Women's Club. Returning to the U.S. and to New York City in 1958, Marjorie created the family home in an Upper East Side brownstone. She was an early behind-the-scenes actor in a variety of nascent causes including public television, international education, environmentalism, and the rights of women and the elderly. Marjorie and Robert were parents of three children: Chris, Katherine, and David. Marjorie is mourned by her surviving sons, Chris (Robert C.A. of New City, N.Y.) and David (of Copenhagen, Denmark), and grandchildren, Hannah and Stephen Simpson and Nicholas and Axel Sorensen.


Published in The New York Times on Apr. 27, 2014