Mildred "Micki" Savin, a lifelong
devotee of the arts who brought a special touch to an array of
cultural organizations in Hartford, died Thursday at her residence
She was 94.
Savin organized fund-raisers and programming events for almost
six decades on behalf of Hartford's most prominent arts organizations.
She made a life out of civic activities.
In 1965, when Savin was named
the B'nai B'rith "Woman of
the Year," she remarked in a newspaper account that she
was not concerned with a long life, "but how worthwhile
I make the years allotted to me."
Savin was president of the board of the Hartford Ballet, and
a founding member and two-time president of the Connecticut Opera
She was also a founding member and president of the Hartford
Symphony's women's auxiliary.
In 2003, the Connecticut Opera presented Savin with the coveted
Medici Award for Arts Leadership for her more than 40 years of
dedication, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness.
Savin was a past president of Hadassah, a member of its speaker's
bureau and a board member of the Connecticut regional B'nai B'rith.
She was also a president of the Sisterhood of the Emanuel Synagogue
and a founding member of Beth El Temple in West Hartford.
Until recently, Savin was
the contributing editor of the Connecticut Opera Guild's "Allegro" newsletter,
and she wrote numerous articles for The Courant's Northeast
Savin was born in Norwich and graduated from Norwich Free Academy.
She earned degrees from Connecticut College and from Trinity
Her husband, Isadore, died in 1973.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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