Helen Feind, who began summering in Amagansett aboard a Beneteau sailboat docked at the Devon Yacht Club and continued to spend summers here for nearly 35 years, died on Oct. 28 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She was 92.
Mrs. Feind and her husband, Dr. Carl R. Feind, eventually bought a cottage in Beach Hampton, but the yacht club, where she enjoyed dancing, tennis, and bridge, remained her favorite haunt, her children said. When her family was here, she never missed a family night there, always glad to have more dance partners to call on, her daughter Ellen Strauss Sanford of Warren, Vt., said. She continued playing tennis into her 80s and kept dancing into her 90s, taking two or three dance classes a week in New York City, Ms. Sanford said.
Mrs. Feind was born in New York City on May 20, 1919, to the former Mildred Kunstler and Walter Rose, but was adopted as a child by her mother’s second husband, Louis Falk. She grew up in New York City, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles, graduating from Washburn High School in Minneapolis before matriculating at the University of Californdia at Los Angeles.
In New York City during World War II, she worked as a portrait photographer and was a model with the William Morris Agency.
Mrs. Feind and her first husband, Stuart M. Strauss, divorced. In 1969, she was married to Dr. Feind, a surgeon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She was president for many years of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary. A longtime resident of Alpine, N.J., as well as Amagansett, she returned to live in New York City when Dr. Feind died nine years ago. She had been living recently near her daughter Susan Kelly of Villanova, Pa., outside of Philadelphia.
In addition to Ellen Sanford and Susan Kelly, Mrs. Feind is survived by two other children, Lee Ann Mondloch of Fairfax Station, Va., and Carl R. Feind Jr. of McComb, Miss. She also leaves 10 grandchildren.
Mrs. Feind was cremated. A service was held in Pennsylvania, and the family is planning a memorial on the South Fork in the summer.
They have suggested contributions to the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary, care of Mrs. David Andrews, P.O. Box 896, Alpine, N.J. 07620.