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Obituary: Ann Hysa Dorfsman

Ann Hysa Dorfsman
Ann Hysa Dorfsman, 92, died of undetermined cause on Sept. 20, 2010. Born and bred in New York by immigrant parents from Ukraine, and widow of Louis Dorfsman (see NYT editorial obit of Oct. 26, 2008). They were residents of Great Neck for 54 years. She was valedictorian of her class at Washington Irving High School, a graduate of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (’39) (The art studio at the new building at Cooper Union is named for Ann Hysa Dorfsman and Louis Dorfsman).

Ann was a multi-talented artist as adept at illustration as photography, calligraphy, fashion design and interior design. She was the founder and curator of the Historic Wall Coverings Collection at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, NY, for 20 years until her retirement. As it was her true passion, she was a master weaver (starting at the Great Neck Adult Education class) of wall hangings, pillow covers, clothing, rugs and the innovator of many weaving styles and techniques.

An avid cook and gardener, she experimented with recipes until she perfected them: breads of all sorts, quiche (before it became part of the American lexicon), the ultimate spaghetti sauce and on and on. She was outstanding at everything she set her mind to – the “Martha Stewart” of her day.

In lieu of flowers or gift baskets, Ann would prefer a donation of any size to the Alzheimer’s Association (; then enter your zip code for a local chapter; or 1-800-272-3900).

She is survived by her daughter Elissa Delano Dorfsman of Morrisville, PA; her granddaughter Sophia Indira Dorfsman of Yorktown Heights, NY; and two sons, one if California and the other in New York. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.