Dear friends. Another dear friend of miniature books is gone. Natalie was a good person. I will miss her very much.
Neale M. Albert
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From: "Roger Huet" [vhuet1@...]
Sent: 01/23/2005 06:55 PM
To: Neale M Albert/PaulWeiss@PaulWeiss
I am sad to say that our friend Natalie Buchman passed away last Monday by cancer.
I feel her departure as a terrible lost. In addition to be a lovely friend, she was my inspiration and my editor. Her most recent work for me was the editing of my most recent series 'TWELVE SHORT STORY MASTERPIECES.' She has authored many miniature books and between them, perhaps the most important was "The World Trade Center."
Natalie started collecting dollhouses and built a wonderful collection that has been donated to Junior Museum in Troy, near New York. She has also build an interesting miniature book collection and has published the Medieval Digest, a set of twelve books on the arts of eating and drinking in the Middle Ages and a wonderful little book entitled Philosophy of Religion that she bound wonderfully.
Natalie reached excellence in different fields, arts, literature and dance. Natalie was deeply human and compassionate, kind to everyone. She donated $1 million to The Sage Colleges (NY) for design and construction of a "connector" building linking the central campus buildings in Troy. The building was named The Buchman Pavilion in her honour during the September festivities.
This is her obituary: Published in the Albany Times Union on 1/21/2005.
"LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. Natalie Buchman, a dedicated wife, a loving parent, a good friend and inspiration to all who knew her, a valuable and generous member of the community and a true bon vivant, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2005 at 82. Her husband, Louis Buchman, co-founder and vice-president of Barclay Home Products in Cohoes, passed away in 1997. Originally both from New York City, they lived happily in Loudonville for 40 years before moving to Longboat Key in 1995. Natalie received her B.A. from Russell Sage College and her M.A. in speech and hearing from the College of St. Rose. She served on the executive board of Russell Sage College and played an active role with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Saratoga Polo Association, the Albany Institute of History and Art and the Cohoes Music Hall. She and her husband Louis gifted Russell Sage College with a new campus center, the Buchman Pavilion. In 1999, Russell Sage honoured her with the Crockett Medal in recognition of her achievements in community service. Natalie was a recognized miniaturist and a publisher and author of miniature books. Next year, her dollhouses and miniature collection will be installed in a permanent home at the Junior Museum in Troy. A true renaissance woman, she was also a French teacher, television educator, speech pathologist, oil painter, figure skater, birder, horticulturist and ballroom dancer. In the fall of 2004, Natalie received nine 1st Place awards in the Sundance Classic Dance Competition in Palm Beach, Fla. and 30 1st Place awards and 12 2nd Place awards at the Fred Astaire National Dance Sport Championships in Orlando, Fla. In both venues, she was competing with dancers of all ages! Survivors include three sons, Arthur of Copenhagen, Denmark, Bill and Jack of Sarasota, Fla. and a daughter, Zoe Zak of Rosendale, N.Y.; five grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Braunstein of Miami, Fla. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Memorial contributions can be made to Woodstock Jewish Congregation Building Fund, P.O. Box 1203, Woodstock, NY 12498."
Should you wish to send your sympathies to the family you can write to the e-mail Natalie's address
or to her daughter Zoe Buchman Zak:
1040 Creek Locks Rd.
I tried many times to reach you by phone,
My kindest regards to Margaret and to you,
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