Miriam S. Eldar, 1925 - 2011

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Miriam S. Eldar, 86, died on May 29, 2011, in Water Mill, New York. Born in Warsaw, Poland, on January 2, 1925, Mrs. Eldar moved to New York City in 1957 where she continued her career as an architect. She later joined the McGraw-Hill publishing company.

Miriam Eldar, FCSI, AIA, was elected President of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) in 1984, the first woman to be elected to that office. She was later elected President of CSI's Northeast Region. She was elected a Fellow of the Institute and she may have been the first woman to be named a Fellow from the Northeast Region. She was the Chapter Technical Chair for several years before—and again after—her tenure as President of the Chapter. Miriam was on the Region's Technical Committee and conducted many educational sessions at Region Conferences.

She was the leader of a group at McGraw-Hill during the early development of the electronic version of Sweets Catalogue. Miriam was a tireless advocate of CSI in addition to the AIA. She would make a presentation to any group interested in CSI's MasterFormat system. According to long-time member Steve Blumenthal, FCSI, "She was the most respected woman in the Region. She will be missed."
Mrs. Eldar is survived by her niece Livia and many loving friends and relatives in the United States and Israel. She was predeceased by her husband Jake Eldar. A celebration of her life was attended by over 60 of her close friends on Sunday, June 5.

A significant portion of the text above is from the Sag Harbor Express. Steve Blumenthal, FCSI, also provided information.