Judith Ann Pinsker

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1940 - 2014
Judith Ann Pinsker, novelist and award winning TV writer, died on April 26, 2014. She was 74 and lived in Englewood, N.J. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease.

In 1995, Ms. Pinsker co-wrote (with Claire Labine) the New York Times bestseller, Robin's Diary, a General Hospital Daytime TV serial tie-in novel, based on the AIDS storyline between characters Stone Cates and Robin Scorpio.

She enjoyed fifteen years as a Daytime TV drama writer, turning out scripts for various shows, including Ryan's Hope (1976-1984), General Hospital (1995-1998), and Another World (1984-1994), where she also served as Script Editor. Friends knew she prized her six Daytime Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild of America Awards, though she preferred a playful comment to a claim to fame.

"I had the joy and privilege of working with Judy for many years," Claire Labine, creator of Ryan's Hope, recalls. "Her dedication to our mutually shared characters and stories was extraordinary and a reflection of her integrity and generosity of spirit. Her humor sustained us all."

Ms. Pinsker also wrote A Lot Like You, a young adult novel published in 1988 by Delacorte Books.

Judith Lengfelder Pinsker was born on January 17, 1940 in Kenmore, N.Y. She was pre-deceased in 2010 by her husband, arts administrator Adam Pinsker. In addition to her son Joel, Ms. Pinsker is survived by her sister, Joan Bruce, her daughter-in-law Betsy Pinsker and granddaughter Eleanor.

A memorial service will be held for Judith on June 7, 2014 at the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House (110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY) at 1PM.
Published on NYTimes.com from June 3 to June 4, 2014
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