Longtime resident Mary Camper-Titsingh died on July 11, 2016, exactly three months shy of her 91st birthday. Born in the Netherlands, she became a U.S. citizen in 1954 after experiencing the difference in lifestyle on this side of the Atlantic.
Her career started with the Ford Foundation as the Investment Research Librarian after receiving her Master’s Degree from the Columbia University School of Library Science. She retired in 1989 as the Social Responsibility Analyst for the Foundation’s Investment Division.
Always involved in efforts to move society ahead, she was active in the Democratic Party. She served on the National Committee of the Americans for Democratic Action, was on the boards of directors of the Chicago Child Care Society and of the New Concepts Investment Fund. She was an appointed member of the Capital Region Planning and Development Committee of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Development.
She moved into Rivercross in 1983. On the Island, she served as the head librarian of the volunteer Roosevelt Island Library (forerunner of the NYPL Island branch), an occasional reporter and regular “stuffer” for The Main Street WIRE, and a participant in the Maple Tree Group effort to bring the Island under local control.
She wrote the 2010 historical novel, The Man Who Kowtowed, a celebration of an 18th century cousin who opened Japanese trade relations for the Dutch and made his country the first nation to establish formal connections with the Far East. Pursuing her avocation, she was elected to the Writer’s Section of the New York chapter of Pen & Brush Inc.
She is survived by a sister, Theodora Norwood of Tillamook, Oregon; son William Druliner and daughter-in-law Abbey Balin Druliner, son Bruce Druliner and companion Ann Koch, son Clifford Druliner, granddaughters Meriah and Danielle Druliner, and great granddaughter Quinn Druliner, all of Palomar Ranch, Santa Ysabel, California.