It is with deep sadness that CHPC notes the passing of Marian Sameth. Marian served CHPC for over 60 years—as Associate Director beginning in 1946 and, since 2000, as a Board member.

Marian joined CHPC in its tenth year and shaped its mission and work, leaving behind an impact that will remain palpable for future generations. Long-time CHPC Executive Director Roger Starr recognized that Marian was the person at the helm behind the scenes of the organization.

Our extensive archive, named in her honor, provides insight to our work and the research of countless others on the subjects of New York City’s housing, land use, and development. Anyone who uses our archive has read Marian’s meticulous hand-written meeting minutes, marginal edits on memos, and notes that add context to the primary documents it contains.

CHPC honored Marian at our 2008 Annual Luncheon with a special tribute to her decades of service. You can watch a recording of that tribute here.

CHPC will sincerely miss Marian’s warmth and passion for our work and for our city. We are grateful for her legacy and will carry it forward in her memory.