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Anne Ratner

1905 - 1995

By: Adam Pitt | Date Added:

Anne (Anna) Kaminsky Ratner was a Teacher, Music Patron and Philanthropist for Camphill Village (www.camphillvillage.org) a special needs community for adults in Copake, N.Y. Ms. Ratner was born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine and was reared in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She studied the piano and in 1929 married Hyman Ratner and had two Daughters. After her husband died in 1960, she taught at the League Center for Seriously Disturbed Children in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. For many years, Ms. Ratner organized and held a concert series to benefit Camphill Village in her New York apartment overlooking the Hudson River on 106th Street and Riverdale Drive. Many well-known musicians who played at major concert halls would play benefit salon performances to small audiences in her living room and she would provide a large spread of refreshments from Zabars after the show. All moneys went to Camphill Village. Anne gave much of her time and effort towards furthering the recognition of Camphill Village and she loved the community very much. Some of the material for this entry comes from her New York Times Obituary in June 1995.

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