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June 27, 2019

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January 16, 2019
Hilary and I met once in 2017 when I delivered a painting to her house. The way she appreciated the artwork, despite her illness, really stuck with me. A lot of people just look at their art, but she was really seeing it. I'm sorry she's gone.
June 19, 2018
I have been out of touch with MIT for a while, so only belatedly found out about Hilary's death.

Hilary was my TA for an Ancient Architecture class at MIT in the early 1980's and then, years later, taught my daughter at Columbia. We were so privileged to have her as an instructor for two generations. In addition to her intellectual scholarship, Hilary knew how to connect with students and confidently injected elements of humor into her teaching. When discussing Minoan architecture, she mentioned the Cretans, with a sly wink, as a play on the word "cretin." We realized then that, although rigorous and enlightening, this foundation class was going to be fun. Here was a TA one could talk to, and who enjoyed teaching and excelled at it. My daughter recognized, and benefited immeasurably from, the same qualities during her class with Hilary and Kenneth Jackson at Columbia.

I am so sorry for your loss.
January 30, 2018
I knew Hilary at Princeton in the mid-70s. She was a wonderful wonderful person. We lost touch but I've never forgotten her; nor will I ever. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her death and moved by all the tributes she received. Here's a lesson to be learned: If there's someone from your past whom you admired but with whom you've lost touch... get BACK in touch.
My heartfelt and deepest condolences to the entire family.
January 25, 2018
I knew Hilary Ballon through my brother Mark Jarzombek who was a fellow Ph.D. Student at MIT. She had a magnetic personality that lit up a room and was obviously a brilliant scholar as well. I just heard of her death. What a tragedy to her family and colleagues.
September 18, 2017
I was so saddened to hear about the passing of the brilliant Hilary Ballon. Prof. Ballon delivered an inspirational lecture to the Columbia University Club of Philadelphia over a decade ago, and our Club members still talk about her amazing presentation on the original Penn Station in New York. Prof. Ballon was so gracious to the Columbia alunmni/ae in our region. She was charming, friendly, engaging, and of course, an intellectual tour de force. I stayed in touch with her for several years after she visited Philadelphia, and I will always remember a scholar who had that wonderful combination of genius and genuineness. My prayers to her family. Prof. Ballon was a true gift in the purest sense, not just to Columbia and NYU, but to the world of art history and architecture.
September 10, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Hilary's passing,and send my sincere sympathies to all her family and friends. As Avery Librarian 2004-8 I had the great privilege of working with Hilary before her move to NYU to take up the challenge of establishing a new campus. I will always remember and hold dear her warm appreciation of Avery Library. She was a kind, thoughtful and wise mentor.
July 31, 2017
All my heartfelt condolences to Orin, Sophie and Charles. Hilary was much more than my dissertation advisor to me. She was a role model for her kindness and her balance of family and work. She continued her mentorship and friendship beyond my student years and I so cherished our time together.
In Paris, I learned only recently of this tragic and early loss. I know the French academic community joins me in expressing their condolences.
July 19, 2017
Hilary and I were fellow fellows at the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library several years ago. We became friends and then collaborators; I contributed an essay to her volume on Robert Moses. She was a lovely, funny, warm, giving and extraordinary human being. I greatly admired her generosity, incredible spirit, wise advice, and brilliant insights. I thought the world of her and am so shocked and saddened to learn this news. I send my heartfelt condolences to her family.
July 06, 2017
Professor Ballon was one of those rare people who could radiate confidence and intelligence and still be so warm and approachable. A true role model. I will forever be grateful for her guidance and all she taught me. My condolences to Orin, Sophie, and Charles.
June 27, 2017
I will be forever grateful to Prof. Hilary Ballon. In my 50s I audited her Introduction to Architecture class at Columbia, loved it, and decided I wanted to pursue an M.A. degree. She agreed to sponsor my application, and served as a role model for me. Her intellectual rigor, her dedication to scholarship, her books, her brilliant lectures, her ambitious and authoritative exhibits about Robert Moses, were an inspiration. I am so sorry for your loss.

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