HELEN FEDERICO
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FEDERICO--Helen Lesser, died July 19 at home in Pound Ridge, NY, age 90. Helen had a long career as a graphic designer, painter and illustrator. Born September 15, 1921, to Donald and Augusta Brand Lesser. A talented and directed young artist, she graduated from Washington Irving High and Parsons School of Design. She worked for the Abbott Kimball advertising co., where she met her future husband, art director Gene Federico. They were married June 26, 1942. Helen worked at I. Miller shoes, assisting Alexey Brodovich, known for introducing modern graphic design to the U.S., and was associate art director under Paul Rand at William H. Weintraub Co. Moved to Pound Ridge in 1951, where Helen worked as an independent illustrator, painter and graphic designer. Clients included MOMA, IBM, Doubleday, Glamour, Fortune. Specializing in gouache and acryllics, she created scores of beautiful paintings. She wrote and illustrated children's books and illustrated cookbooks. She was a former trustee of Hiram Halle Memorial Library (Pound Ridge). Survived by daughters Lisa Federico (Hillsdale, NY) and Gina Federico (Pound Ridge); grandchildren Rio and Deco Goodman, and Elie and Kaare Andersen. Lovingly attended in recent years by caregivers Steven Hunt and Paula Forbes. There will be a memorial in September. Donations may be made to Cary Library, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, to support the Helen Federico Collection.


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Published in New York Times on Jul. 22, 2012.
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