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Service for:
Judith Ann Schiff, 84
July 11, 2022
July 15, 2022
Graveside Service
11:00 am

Grove Street Cemetery, 227 Grove St, New Haven, CT.




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Posted by:
Roz Paaswell

Judy was my classmate, Barnard College, 1959. I don’t remember everyone from my class, but my memory of Judy is clear. Intelligent, goes without saying. It’s how she used her mind and her brains, even back then — persistent, curious, generous, warm, never dropping an intellectual challenge until she solved it. The narrative of her life is remarkable, and her contributions to Yale, her city, her Jewish community are her legacy. Roz Paaswell, co President, Barnard ’59

Posted by:
Beth Brown

Our mother, Bess Henkin, worked with Judy at the Yale Library until mom’s death in May 1965.
Judy was a regular guest at our dinner table, especially after her mother’s passing, especially on holidays.
We found the tributes inspiring, since we remember Judy’s early, early time at Yale.
Occasionally we, on the other coast, were able to follow Judy’s illustrious career through others and published media.
Judy, enjoy the celestial library in peace and contentment.
Beth Ann (Henkin, Miller) Brown
Judy (Henkin, Casman) Villano

Posted by:
Elisabeth Martin

As neighbors and a member of the Yale community, we were so sad to hear of Judy’s passing. She dedicated her life to Yale, to the University Towers community, and to documenting history. Her many contributions and she is greatly missed by all of us.

Posted by:
Diane and George Dumigan

We are so sad to hear of your passing Judy. You were a treasure not only to Yale and New Haven, but to those who loved hearing your stories at University Towers Coop apartment. We adored you and were so happy when you joined us on summer nights at the pool to share the history of the university and town with us. It was as always a fascinating discussion. Your friendship and knowledge was boundless. We will greatly miss you. Rest In Peace, May your memory be for a blessing.

Posted by:
MJ (Peg) Chambers

Judy was an enlightened human being, ever-available to guide anyone’s way to the nooks and crannies of New Haven history. She never forgot a face, and she had such an engaging chuckle! Thank you, Judy!

Posted by:
Barbara Lamb

I am so saddened to learn of Judy’s passing. I had nothing but admiration and respect for this fine woman. My interactions with her go back to the 1980s when I was a returning student doing research at Yale and our paths first crossed. She always knew the right place for me to look for whatever I was trying to find. And she would often take it upon herself to do a little research for me without being asked and would comeback to me with data and suggested sources I had never considered. She was a great speaker with so much insight and knowledge of NewHaven’s history. I know I speak for many that she will be forever missed. NewHaven will not be the same without her

Posted by:
David Karrick Jr

First knew Judith Schiff when I was a Yale undergrad in the early 1960s. She was very helpful to my mother arranging my late father’s papers to add to the Brewer and Karrick collections. Last saw her in 2006 when I was researching my father’s time in Europe with the AEF in 1918 & 1919. She was always very unassuming, allowed me to buy her a sandwich for lunch. She dedicated her life to Yale, especially advancing the rights of women. Judith Schiff is irreplaceable, no one can do all that she did for maintaining Yale’s history.

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Judy did so much to preserve and celebrate our rich local history and devoted so much of her professional life to bridging the town-gown divide between Yale and New Haven by sharing that history. She will be great missed.

Robert E. Shure Funeral Home is the only strictly Jewish Funeral Home in the Greater New Haven area.

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