Esther, in recent years was fond of saying she "would not die tragically young." But her passing on November 2, 2013 has left a void for those who knew and loved her quick wit, worldly wisdom, open mind and compassionate heart. She traveled the world extensively, making lifelong friends everywhere. Esther was a Red Cross volunteer during WW II in the Pacific, a graduate (Class of 1938) and long time instructor at Hunter College, an author and a CPA. A devoted bridge player, swimmer, and community volunteer, she loved reading, doing the NYT daily crossword puzzle, and observing a daily cocktail hour as an opportunity for avid conversations. Whether you were a child, an old friend, or a new acquaintance, she wanted to know what you thought, and how you felt about the world. Her energetic independent spirit was a source of inspiration to many. Esther was predeceased by her parents Samuel and Rose, her brother Jesse, and Marty Marks, her partner of 30 years. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends from Chapel Hill, New York and around the globe. Donations can be made in her memory to a charity of your choice with her humanistic philosophy in mind.