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The Juilliard School mourns the passing of our dear friend Helen-Mae Askin. A person of great intellect, wit, and artistry, she often attended Juilliard events and was a strong supporter of the arts and its integration in the education of young people. An accomplished violinist, she often performed in solo and chamber settings for audiences in traditional and non-traditional venues. Her love of music and her humanity permeated all that she touched. We send our deepest condolences to her beloved husband, Seymour, her brother Sidney Knafel, a former Juilliard trustee, and her entire family. Her ready smile and gentle persona will be missed by us all. Joseph W. Polisi President The Juilliard School

Published in The New York Times on June 11, 2018