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Audrey Cowan Obituary
July 17, 1931 - March 16, 2017 Audrey Cowan, beloved and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 from complications related to her long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Jack and Lillian Eisenberg and, at the age of five, began her lifelong pursuit and study of the arts, leading her to become a highly regarded piano student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and an enthusiastic attendee of arts education classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She later broke barriers when she became one of the first female advertising account executives in Cleveland. Bob and Audrey married in 1962 and soon after moved to Los Angeles. There, she was first and foremost an incredible mother, instilling in her children a commitment to public service, a joy for the outdoors, a love of learning, and an unwavering and limitless compassion for others. In addition, she rekindled her passion for the arts, particularly and deeply drawn to the fiber arts. Her first major public work was weaving the Eleanor of Aquitaine runner for Judy Chicago's historic Dinner Party installation, now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. That led to a 30-year collaboration between Audrey and Judy, producing a variety of tapestries, including two monumental works now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City. She was chairwoman of the docents for the Armand Hammer Museum and served on the board and was president of Through the Flower, an organization supporting the feminist legacy of Judy Chicago. Audrey is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bob; her children Abby (Joel) Klein and Jon (Rachel) Cowan; her brother, Harve Eisenberg, and her sister, Barbara Tager; and her grandchildren, Dani and Josh. She was predeceased by her sister, Helen. In honor of her memory, the family would deeply appreciate donations to Through the Flower (https://www.throughtheflower.org/membership). A celebration of Audrey's life will be held on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 11AM in Santa Monica, CA. If you wish to attend and for complete details, please send an email to [email protected]
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2017
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