NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Marcia (Dembow) Strousse died July 8. She was 87.
Strousse was born in 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of Fanny (Abrams) and Harry Dembow. When she was a senior at Bryn Mawr College, she won the Vogue Magazine Prix de Paris writing contest for a theater review of Tallulah Bankhead’s performance in “The Little Foxes.” The prize led to her first job, after graduation in 1947, as assistant to the fashion editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she was later a feature reporter and wrote for The Sunday Magazine.
After marriage she moved to Stamford in 1955. After her marriage ended, she joined Golf Digest Magazine in 1968 as assistant promotion manager two weeks after Golf Digest was purchased by The New York Times Company. She was subsequently named vice president (one of the first NYT female vice presidents) of Marketing and Communications for the entire NYT magazine group. Upon her retirement in 1992, she started her own successful event/marketing company, Current Events.
Strousse was active in the community, serving on the Board of Ferguson Library in Stamford, and volunteering at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Southfield Neighborhood Village, and leading a Girl Scout troop. Her retirement days were busy with numerous book clubs, exercise classes, volunteering at AmeriCares, the New Canaan Thrift Shop, and the Fairfield Alumnae of Bryn Mawr College, most recently serving on the annual Alumnae Seminar Committee. Strousse is survived by her children, Cynthia Strousse of Boston, Mass., Tracy Strousse of Burbank, Calif., and David Strousse of Hartland, Vt.; daughter-in-law, Victoria; two granddaughters; sister, Shirley Bornstein of Philadelphia, Pa.; and nephews. While Strousse always appreciated a well-planned event, she requested a private family memorial.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The New Canaan Library, New Canaan, CT 06840, newcanaanlibrary.org or Staying Put in New Canaan, P.O. Box 484, New Canaan, CT 06840, email@example.com.
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