Eugenia Mortlock Flatow, age 93, of New York City, passed away at home on March 5th, 2015. Born in the Bronx, she was raised along with her brother Larry Mortlock, in Bronxville, NY. Beloved wife of Professor Paul Flatow and loving mother of Susan Weeks Jackson, Dr. Evan Flatow and Jonathan Flatow, she was grandmother to 10 and great-grandmother to 11.
After graduating from the College of New Rochelle, she received an M.S. in Industrial Engineering at Columbia University. She held various public offices and served as management consultant, business proprietor, and citizen advocate in the areas of public housing, waterfront and environmental issues. Ms. Flatow was active in local politics, serving as chair of Community Planning Board #9 and as a Democratic district leader for 6 years. In Mayor John Lindsay’s cabinet, she was administrator of the Model Cities program. As Executive Deputy Secretary of State under the Honorable Basil A. Paterson, she was responsible for strategic State planning, Coastal Management, Weatherization, and Community Development.
She served as Officer or Trustee for many civic organizations including the Parks Council, Coalition for the Bight, the City Club, the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition, and the NYC Soil and Water Conservation Board. She most recently served as an officer of the Parodneck Foundation in various roles supporting their housing, neighborhood and environmental issues. While she received many awards for her activism over the years, her proudest achievement was being recognized for her advocacy for NYC’s waterways in 2008. Surrounded by four generations of her family, friends and colleagues, she christened a state-of-the-art NY Water Taxi, with the cleanest engine in the harbor, that was named for her.
Private memorial service to be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor by sending checks to the Parodneck Foundation, 121 6th Avenue, Suite 501, NY NY 10013.