Elaine B. Holstein died peacefully at the grand age of 96 on Saturday, May 26 at the Stanley Tippett Home after a short illness. She was the beloved wife of Arthur Holstein until his passing in 2014. Elaine was born in the Bronx, NY to Max and Jay Brody.
Her son, Russell Miller, grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jamie, as well as their families, Danielle and Rachel Miller and John, Alexandra and Will Barry, and her sister, Charlotte, survive Elaine.
After a long career as an administrative secretary in the Plainview, NY school system, Elaine went on to earn her Masters leading to a second career as a social worker. An avid walker, on many days, Elaine could be found walking for miles along the Jones Beach boardwalk that she treasured so much.
She is remembered for her strength in the aftermath of the Kent State University shootings of 1970 where her younger son, Jeff, was killed along with three other students. Her fortitude in the aftermath of the shootings led to litigation that successfully challenged the concept of executive immunity after Ohio Governor Rhodes’ authorized the Ohio National Guard to carry live ammunition onto that college campus.
Kent State was one tragedy amidst an otherwise charmed life, as she described it, but an event that shaped who she was. Funny, sharp, a scrabble master, lover of jazz music, film aficionado, incredibly loving, and someone you could sit and have an hours-long conversation with, in which the talk could span from topics that were incredibly deep and insightful to humorous topics that had the room in stitches. She was a wonderful conversationalist and a friend to so many in her 96 years. She shared an incredible marriage with her husband Artie, living the retirement of their dreams and traveling the world together.
Her articulate wisdom is evident in numerous articles she has written in defense of students’ right to protest US involvement in the Vietnam War.
A private Memorial Service will be held for Elaine at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY .In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Kent State May 4th Visitor Center or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.