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BESKIND--Dorothy M. Levitt, 97, notable photographer and film-maker died peacefully at home in Easthampton NY, family by her side. Cherished mother of Joanne Beskind Elkin, Susan B. Lelyveld (Michael), Ellen Safir (Peter), grandchildren Katherine, Victor, Archie, Roland, Jesse; longtime companion, Sidney Goldstein. Her 25 year marriage to D. Herbert Beskind ended in divorce. We will forever miss her bright light, keen eye and spare aesthetic, adventurous zest for life, the wisdom, warmth, love and sparkle she brought to ours. Daughter of the late Rebecca and Adolph Levitt, dubbed the "Doughnut King" for his invention of the automated donut machine, founder of Doughnut Corp of America; predeceased by sister Irene L. Morse, and twin brother David M. Levitt. Beskind produced an extensive archive of over 300 films and numerous photographs of renowned artists including Joseph Beuys, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois, Bob Morris, Eva Hesse, Alice Neel, and Andy Warhol. Her work has been shown at the Whitney, Tate Modern, SFMoMA, the Jewish Museum, Yale University, Kutztown, U. Leeds, UK., and Pentax Gallery Tokyo. Memorial service in New York, details to be announced.

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Published in New York Times on Nov. 2, 2014.
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November 8, 2014
What a wunderfull life! with best memories

george mulder
November 7, 2014
Thanks for many great times together Dorothy. You were always ready to do
Hanne H7L
November 5, 2014
my sincere and loving thoughts go to Joanne Elkin and the rest of the family. Enid Rothenberg
November 3, 2014
To the family, Luke 20:38 assures us that your loved one is in God's memory. Please find comfort in that hope.
Mary Ellington
November 2, 2014
She was a truly unique woman ahead of her time.
Karen Richelli Kolbert
November 1, 2014
May the peace of God be with you all in this time of sorrow. Rom 15:33.
G J.
October 31, 2014
May the peace God gives help you through these difficult days.
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