DR. NANCY LEE nee HIRSCH Was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Sterling Black. She is survived by her children, Jason Bloomberg and wife Valerie Bloomberg, Leda Black and husband Rolf Pendall, Stephen Black and Diana Black Kennedy and husband Derek Kennedy; her step-children, Sterling Black Jr., Anne Black Nash and husband Richard Nash, John Black and Jim Black. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Justin, Siena and Griffin; two step-grandchildren, Joshua and Julian. Dr. Black was born in New York in 1936. She received her MA from Columbia University, where met her first husband, Larry Bloomberg. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Adelphi University, where she studied with renowned therapists and originators of the Gestalt therapy technique, Fritz and Laura Perls. She moved Albuquerque, New Mexico where she raised her first two children and practiced psychotherapy. After her divorce, she moved to Los Alamos and became engaged in local politics, where she met her second husband, Los Alamos Senator, Sterling Black. In 1968, she and Sterling were delegates for Eugene McCarthy at the 1968 Democratic Convention. They moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1969, where she raised her children and her stepchildren and, in 1970, added twins Stephen and Diana to the mix. She was a dedicated mother, a highly competent homemaker and a fabulous cook. She continued to practice psychotherapy part time until 1988, when she went back to work full time. She specialized in treating families of abuse, and trained therapists and social workers around the world. She retired shortly after her husband's death. After surviving a stroke, she lived for ten years in assisted living, where she was in charge of the menu planning and the training of the kitchen staff. She moved out to California to be near her youngest daughter in 2009. While in California, she enjoyed watching the fog roll in and out from her hill top nursing home. She will be missed. The service will be held at Fernwood Funeral Home in Mill Valley, California on October 1st at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Hospice By The Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939.
Published on: Fri September 30, 2011