1924 - 2020
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FARLEY--Phyllis Rothschild, died at 2:30am on February 29th, peaceful and encircled by love. She was born on May 27, 1924, the daughter of Walter Nathan Rothschild, CEO of Abraham & Straus, and of Carola Warburg Rothschild, whose parents, Felix and Frieda Warburg, gave their home at 1109 Fifth Avenue to become The Jewish Museum. She was the passionate mother of Christopher, Frederick (Alexandra), Alexander (Tsisnami), and Elliot (Therese O'Neill) Peters, beloved Grandy of Clelia, Rachael, Jack, Courtney, Mattison, Eian, Maude, and Louisa, and great-grand- mother of Owen, Emmet, Morgan, Naomi, Felix, Xander, and Frederica. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Philip Farley and her ex-husband C. Brooks Peters. She was a woman of extraordinary accomplishment with an unwavering commitment to humanity. She served for many years as Chairman of the Board of her beloved alma mater Sarah Lawrence College; she worked with Ruth Watson Lubic to create the first out-of-hospital midwife assisted delivery center for women at The Maternity Center Association in New York City (for which she and Mrs. Lubic received the prestigious Rockefeller Award for Public Service from Princeton University); and she created the innovative Doulas To Accompany and Comfort program, training volunteers to support and ease the passage of people dying alone in hospitals. This work earned her much press attention and spurred The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, the institution through which the program was designed and implemented, to honor her at its 2005 Gala. Phyllis loved dogs, her family, horses, her friends, and both German and Italian opera. She was a complex and indomitable spirit, whose last spoken words, fittingly, were "MY way!" We shall not look upon her like again. Donations in Ms. Farley's name can be made to The Doula Program to accompany and comfort at

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 3, 2020.
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March 4, 2020
I am so lucky to have known and loved Phyllis. She was an amazing person and I admired what she had done with her life.
Schatzie Farley
March 3, 2020
I loved Cousin Phyllis. Never at a loss for expressing her opinion, she was always direct and honest. My memories are of her love of animals, particularly dogs, which I could never keep track of. Everyone in our family loves animals. I brought mine to visit her in the country and mayhem ensued. I will miss her dearly.
Serena Benenson
March 3, 2020
Our sincere condolences in the loss of this special and most beloved woman. All who knew her were blessed!
Betty & Paul Hatfield
March 2, 2020
I am eternally grateful that this amazing woman was part of my life and for sharing her life with my father, her husband, Philip W Farley. Her accomplishments, foresight and passion knew no bounds. People of all ages and means, and animals benefited from her immense talent for organization and leadership, creating positive social change. My vision of the world was changed by her.

Condolences to her family and friends. Cherish the legacy and memories she left.
Augusta Farley
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