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Elinor Friedberg ’92

Elinor Friedberg ’92, July 6, 2011, in Portland, from recurring breast cancer. A spirited woman of energy, warmth, and flair, Elinor lived large. She earned her BA from Reed in music, but her passion was belly dancing, performing as Sharita. For her company of avant-garde belly dancers, Sharita Productions, she designed costumes and choreographed performances to the music of Stravinsky and Gershwin. She also taught classes at Reed and Portland State University. Elinor chose physician-assisted suicide to end her battle with cancer, and was surrounded by her family and friends on the evening she died. Her husband, Karl Blume, and her parents, sister, and brother survive her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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