1942 - 2016
died peacefully on February 14 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City after a prolonged fight with cancer. She was 73 years old. A proud New Yorker, Muriel was born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, later living in Manhattan with an additional home - a magical place - overlooking the water in Sag Harbor. After attending Vassar and Barnard, she received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1970. She taught for many years at Lehman College before becoming Professor Emeritus in order to begin a second career as a psychoanalyst. She trained and then taught at NYU in the Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, while also a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.
Muriel entered psychoanalytic training when already a scholar in anthropology and feminist theory. She then turned her brilliant mind to questions of gender and sexuality, deepening our understanding of how these sites of identity and experience function in psychic and social life. She was a transformational and provocative thinker and writer who questioned received wisdom, opened conversations on dangerous topics, and developed new ways of thinking about and doing psychoanalysis. Her body of work is bold and original in the areas of gender and queer studies, sexuality, feminism and relational psychoanalysis. She was the author of numerous papers and books, and was a revered and beloved teacher, mentor, supervisor and clinician.
Muriel loved the ocean, nature and her beloved cats as much as she loved ideas and people.
Muriel was the daughter of Alfred and Dora Dimen and is survived by her brother Michael, sister-in-law Kelly Taylor, niece Abigail Dimen-Taylor, aunt Geraldine Dimen, and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 17th , at 3pm at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 630 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan.
A Memorial in her honor will be held in early April, location TBA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to:
The Robert Giard Foundation: http://robertgiardfoundation.org/do
Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons: http://www.arfhamptons.org/
Published in New York Times from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2016.