My museum mentor passed away several months ago. Even in the depths of her cancer she did everything to steer me toward avenues to knowledge. She gave me self-confidence and hope.
I wrote this little booklet as a condolence card for her husband and children. I like to look at it from time to time because it brings back such fond memories. Wherever Michele was, there was intellectual curiosity and hysterical laughter.
I'm thinking of her a lot now as I search for a new job and career.
This is from the Brown University alumni magazine:
Michele Morrisson Bernstein ’81 AM, of Setauket, N.Y.; Aug. 16, of pancreatic cancer. She was an anthropologist and curator who won national recognition for an exhibit on 19th-century seafaring women. In 1990, combining her love of sailing and history, she became a fine arts curator for the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. She became the first director of the Three Village Historical Society and later worked as curator and educator for the Stony Brook University Institute for Long Island Archeology. She enjoyed punk-rock music and gardening. She is survived by her husband, David, as well as a daughter and a son.