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Obituary: Elizabeth J. Bogen

Elizabeth J. Bogen, a 1961 Scheiber High School graduate and former editor of the Great Neck Record, died unexpectedly on Oct. 17, 2011 of complications after knee surgery. She was 68 years old.

Ms. Bogen earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, a master’s degree in social work (Hunter College), and a second master’s degree in East Asian studies from Columbia University. She was the award-winning editor of the Great Neck Record from the late 1960s until the early 1970s. She worked for several years at the VERA Institute for Justice in New York City and then moved to the New York City Planning Department where she did a study of contemporary immigration to New York City and published her findings in Immigration in New York in 1987. She was the founding director of the New York City Office of Immigrant Affairs and served in that post until 1990. Since then, she worked for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a manager in the School Health Program.

Outside of her work, Elizabeth was fascinated by a wide variety of crafts and the design of handmade things. Her master’s thesis in East Asian studies concerned the design and production of Chinese deco rugs. She was one of the first people to study these rugs and she published and spoke extensively on the topic. She was also an avid collector of handmade things ranging from African masks to contemporary American jewelry, pottery and glass. She was blessed with an eye for fine design and good craftsmanship.

The daughter of the late Ruth and Samuel Bogen, Elizabeth is survived by her brothers, Nicholas and Timothy, her sisters-in-law, Emily Klein and Marsha Lesowitz, and her nephews and niece, Benjamin, Matthew, Alexis, and Jeremy.