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ORTNER--Everett, age 92, passed away on May 22, 2012, following a brief illness. Everett was an active leader in local, national and international preservation activities and a recipient of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Landmarks Conservancy. He will be missed by family and friends, and by scores of Park Slope neighbors for whom he, along with his wife Evelyn, brought about the rebirth of a dying Brooklyn neighborhood to create one of the nation's most desirable urban communities in which to live and raise a family. We thank you. Everett is survived by a nephew, Arthur Levin of Delray Beach, FL, a niece Roberta Feigenbaum of Fairlawn OH and a godchild, Monica Musich of Fairport, NY. A private memorial service will be held at Green-Wood Cemetery on a date to be determined. Contributions honoring Everett can be sent to Preservation Volunteers, 1995 Broadway, Suite 605, New York, NY 10023. Preservation Volunteers is an on-going not-for-profit co-founded by Everett and Evelyn Ortner.

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Published in New York Times on May 26, 2012.
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June 24, 2012
Everett and Evelyn Ortner were extraordinary, gifted people. Our favorite Everett story is his explanation about why he never ate fish. When he was a child, his mother served him a whole fish. Everett looked that fish in the eye and realized it was once a living, breathing creature. So he stuck to eating beef, which came in cellophane wrap.
Earl Black
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