Sandy Eisenberg, 88, supported cultural groups

November 15, 1998|By Dan Fesperman | Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF

Sandy Frenkil Eisenberg, a longtime supporter of Maryland arts and cultural organizations, died Thursday at Sinai Hospital after an extended illness. She was 88 and lived in Pikesville.

Mrs. Eisenberg served on the boards of the Maryland Historical Society, the Women's Civic League, the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, the Lyric Foundation, the Baltimore Opera Guild and the Harford Opera Company.

Those interests translated into voluntarism and fund raising, which carried over into the philanthropy of her husband, local historian and author Gerson G. Eisenberg, including the donation of the Eisenberg Collection of paintings to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The couple's involvement also included the establishment of the Gerson G. and Sandy Eisenberg Endowment for the Humanities Collection at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of the Johns Hopkins University.

Mrs. Eisenberg also worked with Nathan Carter and the Morgan State University choir, and assisted in arranging the choir's trip to Finland.

Her husband said in a 1975 interview, "My wife feels it's not enough just to write checks. She's inspired me to be actively involved."

Mrs. Eisenberg's energies carried over into her vacations with her husband.

Traveling with the philosophy of "taking your mind along as well as your bathing suit," their journeys around the world almost always included seminars or courses about places they were visiting. That could mean attending a New York University folkways seminar in Cooperstown while touring the Adirondacks, a deep-sea fishing course and a lesson in coastal ecology while relaxing on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

A Baltimore native, Mrs. Eisenberg attended Hopkins and the University of Maryland, and taught English in Baltimore-area public schools. During World War II, she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

She was appointed to the Maryland Humanities Council in 1983 and 1987. She also served on the Maryland State Arts Council and was a member of the advisory board of the Child Study Association of Baltimore, a board member of Friends of the Enoch Pratt Library and a member of the Academy of American Poets.

She had also been a vice president of the Number 9 Front Street Foundation and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a sister, Celia Glasser of Virginia Beach, Va.; and two brothers, Victor Frenkil and Dr. James Frenkil, both of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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