Eleanor L. Edelman, a past board member of the East Hampton Historical Society who was dedicated to architectural preservation, died unexpectedly in her sleep at her Bronxville, N.Y., home on Jan. 7. She was 87.
Mrs. Edelman, who was called Elly, and her husband, Albert Edelman, who died in 2003, had been married for 53 years. They commuted between Bronxville and East Hampton, where they owned a house on Middle Lane that had been built in 1720. Mrs. Edelman also had lived in Bedford, N.Y., and New York City.
Eleanor Louise Weisman Edelman grew up in St. Louis, where she was born on Jan. 17, 1924, one of three daughters of Benjamin Weisman and the former Hilda Ackerman. After graduating from Mary Institute in St. Louis, she received a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College. In 1984, after her children were grown, she returned to college for a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
In partnership with a friend, Sophia Schachter, who also summered in this area, Mrs. Edelman formed Edelman Schachter, a firm providing research on architecturally significant houses in the New York City area. In addition to the board of the East Hampton Historical Society, she had been on the boards of the Family Consultation Service and the South Fork-Shelter Island chapter of the Nature Conservancy. She was founder and first president of the Bronxville Skating Club, the Loft Film and Theater Center of Bronxville, and the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence Library.
Mrs. Edelman is survived by four children: Gwen A. Edelman and Thomas J. Edelman, both of New York City, Cornelia Edelman Moss of London, and Jennifer B. Edelman of Tel Aviv. Four grandchildren also survive. Two sisters predeceased her.
Rabbi David Posner officiated at a service for Mrs. Edelman on Friday at Temple Emanuel in Manhattan. Burial followed at the Independent Jewish Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
The family has suggested memorial donations to the Friends of the Sarah Lawrence Library, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, N.Y. 10708, attention of Sha Fagen.