Muriel Davidoff, longtime Riverdalian, dies at 94
Muriel Davidoff, a longtime Riverdalian, died on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the age of 94. According to her family, her passing was due to complications of pneumonia.
Ms. Davidoff had a variety of jobs in the medical field after returning from service in the United States Navy during World War II. Her medical career began when — as a member of Women Accepted for Voluntary Service, known as WAVES — she attended hospitalized servicemen in Washington, D.C.
She remained active in veterans’ affairs throughout her life, and won an award for her volunteer work at the Bronx Veteran’s Administration Hospital. She also served as Commander of the Riverdale Post of the Jewish War Veterans and volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Yonkers.
Ms. Davidoff’s family remembers her as a multi-talented woman of “boundless creativity” and “a professional artist creating paintings, illustrations and more” which she exhibited in galleries throughout the New York area. Artwork she donated was displayed at the Kingsbridge branch of the New York Public Library.
Her skills included designing clothes, sewing and knitting. She also made friends easily. Her son Ronald said, “To know Muriel was to instantly like her.”
Author of a children’s book, Natie and Me, Ms. Davidoff was also a “natural born musician” with a unique gift, her son Ronald recalled. She could hear a song once and then “play it beautifully on the piano.”
Ms. Davidoff was born in New Haven, Conn. on October 13, 1919, to Hyman Shutan and Anna Berg. She had two brothers, David and Nathan, and a sister, Ester.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Alex Davidoff, her children Ronald and Bart, her daughters-in-law Penelope Anne and Madonna Maria and grandchildren Naomi, Nathan, and Bianca.
She was buried with full military honors at King David Memorial Gardens in Putnam Valley, N.Y. on Dec. 17.