1930 - 2014
Anne Donchin, a thirteen-year resident of Hastings-on-Hudson and onetime resident of Oyster Bay, New York, died on August 26. Born in Chicago on March 2, 1930, Ms. Donchin went on to a distinguished career as a philosopher specializing in feminist bioethics. After early admission and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Chicago, she married, then moved with her husband Dr. John Adams to Houston, Texas, where he taught at Rice University and she earned a Master's Degree. In 1970 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching at various universities in New York, she served for many years as a professor of philosophy, women's studies, and philanthropic studies at Indiana University Indianapolis, retiring in the year 2000. She is best known as co-founder, co-coordinator and newsletter contributor of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB, for short). In addition, she was an Associate Editor of Bioethics, served on various feminist bioethics boards, co-edited two books, published some 40 articles, and numerous reviews. Prior to her death she was working on a book entitled Procreation, Power and Personal Autonomy: Feminist Reflections. Professor Donchin is survived by her life partner Edmund Byrne, a daughter and three sons, and three grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for September 2 at Grace Episcopal Church in Hastings-on-Hudson.
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Published on NYTimes.com from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2014