On Sept. 21, Edith Mayer Cord at 93. Born in Vienna in 1928, she moved to Italy with her family to escape the rise of Nazism. After Italy passed anti-Jewish laws, the family entered France illegally. She lost her father and brother in the war, and spent years
on the run with the support of the Jewish underground. After the war, she rejoined her mother in France, where she earned her baccalauréat in philosophy and the Licence ès Lettres from the University of Toulouse. In 1952 she settled in New York, where she met her husband. In 1962, the family moved to Indiana, Pa. She worked for years as a professor of French and German at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1979, she started working in the financial services industry. The family moved to Columbia in 1984. She published her first book, “L’Éducation d’un Enfant Caché,” in 2013, and her second book, “Finding Edith,” in May 2019. She was an active speaker at schools, universities and civic groups. She was preceded in death by son Daniel and husband Steven. She will be missed by daughters Emily and Louise; daughter-in-law Leigh Hellner; sons-in-law Vuong Duthinh and Philippe Guiot; grandchildren David, Caroline, Julien, Aaron, Ethan, Anna and Kim/Shane; and by extended family and many friends.

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