Sivon Reznikoff was a native of New Iberia, La. Sivon chose Judiasm as her faith and married Rabbi Marvin Reznikoff. She was a gifted artist and creator of beautiful things. Sivon, born Shirley, was an author and professor. Born in the age when women were not recognized as experts in architecture and design, she changed her name to Sivon, chosen by her late husband, so that when she wrote, the reader would not know whether it was a man or a woman writing,and thus gain acceptance. Sivon owned and operated Louisiana Interior Design Institute in Baton Rouge, and later became a professor of Environmental / Interior Design at Arizona State University. She was well respected in her field, and became an expert in flammable materials. She has authored books such as: Specifications, text which is now a standard book for interior designers, and also Sensuous Spaces, which explained how to make a plain space look warm and luxurious. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rabbi Marvin Reznikoff, and son David. She is survived by her daughter, Tamara Adena Reznikoff. All are welcome for a gathering on Wednesday April 10 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 9111 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70809-2496, beginning at 11:00 am, with services at 12 noon. Interment to follow at Liberal Cemetery, 9665 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, La.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Apr. 5 to Apr. 9, 2013