Nancy Freeman Creshkoff

From The New York Times — 11/27/2007

Nancy Freeman Creshkoff, 91, former editor, died at her home in Manhattan on November 19.

Nancy graduated from Vassar in 1938. Her marriage to Frederick Harper ended in divorce. With two small children, she started a daycare center at home, then took a degree in early childhood education at Boston University.

In 1951 she launched a daily program for pre-school children on Boston’s new public radio station, WGBH. In 1953 she married Lawrence Creshkoff, the station’s program manager. After moving to New Jersey in 1957, she worked as an editor at McGraw-Hill, then at Macmillan until retiring. In 1982, she went to the American Museum of Natural History, advancing from volunteer to associate editor of Curator, a quarterly journal for museum professionals. From 1999 to 2002 she volunteered as an editor in the museum library.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years; four children: Mary and Fred Harper; Maggie and Rebekah Creshkoff; two granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts may be made to the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.

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