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Union Field Cemetery
Marc Siegel, a creator of public affairs and documentary television programs, who received Emmy and Peabody awards for his work on the PBS series “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews,” died at his home in Okeh Owenge, New Mexico on October 11th, 2015.
Mr. Siegel, born in New York on December 8, 1916, was the son of Isaac Siegel, a four-term US Congressman, and the brother of Seymour N. Siegel, a public broadcasting pioneer and the long-time Director of WNYC radio.
After serving in the Air Force during World War II, Mr. Siegel began his writing career with radio (and later television) scripts for the NBC series “The Eternal Light.” In more than fifty films for the ABC-TV series “Directions,” he explored topics that ranged from Native American tribal life to Middle Eastern Archaeology; from anthropological studies in Greece to political controversies concerning the Panama Canal Zone. His TV and film credits also included portraits of painter Marc Chagall, sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Yehiel Shemi, singer and actor Theodore Bikel, and the Bach Aria Group.
During the 1980s, Mr. Siegel served as chief writer and executive producer of the nine-hour PBS series “Heritage: Civilization and the Jews,” which featured Abba Eban as on-screen host. For his work on that series, he won the primetime Emmy for outstanding achievement, the Writers Guild of America award in the cultural documentary category, and Christopher, Golden Eagle, and Peabody awards.
Mr. Siegel was married to the late Anne Fishman Siegel, the Director of the Cary Leadership Program at Bank Street College of Education. He is survived by his son, Peter K. Siegel, a musician and record producer, and his granddaughter Rachel Carlson Siegel, a playwright.