Helen A. Weinberg

June 17, 1927 - April 20, 2012

    Helen A. Weinberg of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a summer resident of East Hampton since 1970, died of lung cancer in Cleveland on April 20 at the age of 84, after an illness of four years.
    A professor of literature, composition, and art criticism at the Cleveland Institute of Art for 46 years, Ms. Weinberg became active in cultural life here soon after she and her husband bought a house on Spring Close Highway. She wrote art criticism for Newsday, lectured at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and led book discussions at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, among other undertakings. In addition to her years teaching in Cleveland, she studied and taught at Vassar College and Columbia University under grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She owned a loft in SoHo from 1980 to 1987.
    “She was a great patron of the arts,” John Weinberg, one of her sons, said, noting that she had a large collection of works by emerging and established artists and former students. A large part of her collection is now owned by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
    “She had a wonderful personal style and a great eye,” her son said. “Her homes were filled with her collections of beautiful art, objects, and books.”
    Born in Orange, N.J., on June 17, 1927, Ms. Weinberg grew up nearby in West Orange and graduated from Wellesley College in 1949. She held a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.
    She was married on Sept. 11, 1949, three months after her college graduation, to Kenneth G. Weinberg, an attorney. He died in 1999.
    Besides her son John, who lives in Richmond, Va., she leaves another son, Hugh Weinberg of New York City, and a daughter, Janet Weinberg of Los Angeles. A sister, Ruth Arnstein of New York City, also survives, as do five grandchildren.
    A funeral service took place at Mayfield Cemetery in Cleveland. Memorial donations can be sent to the attention of Dr. Abraham Chachoua, Thoracic Research Program, N.Y.U. Cancer Institute, 17th Floor, One Park Avenue, New York 10016.


She was a remarkable woman who held strong opinions and was fascinating to discuss a range of subjects with. I will miss her visits to Los Angeles, California where she came each year and held court at her daughter Janet's house. She had so many friends who would come to enjoy her daughter's delicious food, her company and conversation.
My favorite memory of Dr. Weinberg is when we ended up on the same flight from Islip back to Cleveland. We spent our time at the airport chatting about each others' extracurricular interests. She was a very strong-willed woman but also had a kind heart underneath.