One of the genealogical greats, Steve Siegel, past president and founding member of the Jewish Genealogical Society, lost his valiant battle with cancer early this morning.
Siegel was library director and archivist at the 92nd Street YM-YWHA in Manhattan for 31 years until his retirement last year. He initiated and organized the annual Family History Fair (1990-2005) during New York Archives Week. He is a past president of the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and served as president of the Jewish Historical Society of New York. He was a genealogist for more than 40 years, with a focus on Jewish genealogy, Jewish archival sources, and New York City local history. Steve was co-founder and co-editor of Toledot: The Journal of Jewish Genealogy (1977-1982) and compiled the Archival Resources volume of Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the USA (1978).
Funeral servuces will be held on Monday, Jan. 23rd at 10AM at the Plaza Memorial Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue (91st Street), New York City. Contributions in his memory can be made to Cornell University Hillel.
My thanks to Leslie Corn for telling me the sad news.