SASSON--Lois, Lois Sasson of Manhattan passed away at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Wednesday, December 30. She was 80 years old. The cause was complications from COVID-19. Artist. Designer. Film Producer. Feminist. Activist. Entrepreneur. Humanitarian. Philanthropist. Beloved sister and aunt. Cherished friend. Longtime partner of pop music icon, Lesley Gore who passed away in 2015, Lois was iconic in her own right. Lois designed luxury jewelry for prominent private clients and leading department stores, Bergdorf-Goodman and Neiman Marcus. A pioneering feminist, she advanced the rights of women and people across the globe. As a philanthropist, she performed many acts of kindness and charity under the radar. A political activist, she was a longtime friend, and confidant to Bella Abzug, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus. She remained politically engaged until the end of her life. Lois was a generous, kind, complex and wise woman, well known for her sharp wit and intellect. In her lifetime, she cast a wide net, with friends across the world. She meant so much to many and will be missed by all. Born Lois Kahaner, she is survived by her beloved sister, Susan Kahaner, also of Manhattan; niece, Lisa Dalinka and her husband and great-niece and nephew Sophie and Matthew. Contributions may be made to American Lung Association
Published by New York Times on Jan. 5, 2021.