We are sad to announce that Judith Bronfman, a longtime trustee of the Reisenbach Foundation, passed away last week after a three-year battle with cancer. Judith’s vision and energy set the tone for much of our grants programming over the years, and we keenly feel her loss.
In particular, Judith was the driving force behind our scholarships program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she was a professor of English for many years. Thanks in large part to her efforts, this scholarships program has to date supported the studies of more than forty graduate students who have gone on to work in public service in New York City. Just last month, though undergoing treatment for cancer, Judith led in the process of interviewing and selecting the most recent cohort of Reisenbach Scholars at John Jay. Judith was a supremely generous person who refused to allow her illness to interfere with her dedication to her community.
All of us at the Reisenbach Foundation are deeply thankful to have counted Judith as a friend and colleague, and our organization will be forever better because she was a part of it.