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WHO WAS BELLE MAYER ZECK?

Belle was born in Port Henry, NY on February 22, 1919, on a farm in upstate New York. Her parents named her Rosalyn.  At the age of six she told her parents that she wanted to change her name to “Belle” because it was so beautiful. 

                Belle’s family moved to Rockland County in 1925.  Belle learned to read at the age of four, so when she arrived at school at the age of six, she was placed in the third grade. Belle graduated from Suffern High School and then Syracuse University. After trying her hand at teaching for a short period of time, Belle entered Fordham University Law School and, in 1940, she graduated second in her class.

                Belle served as a prosecuting attorney at the Nuremberg trials, working under Telford Taylor, on the I.G. Farben Trial.  It was there that she met her husband, Bill Zeck (a former NY State Supreme Court Justice).  Belle and her husband had two children, Deborah Zeck Thorne and John Gustav Zeck, and four grandchildren.

                 Belle ran for the NYS Assembly in 1960, and served on the party’s New York platform committee four years later.   She was a Trustee of the Bank of New York, an original member of the Board of Trustees at Rockland Community College, a founding member of the Antrim Players and a Democratic Party Activist. 

                Belle Mayer Zeck died March 18, 2006, at the age of 87 years.  The members of the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association lost a friend, an inspiration and a role model.

                In recognition of her life long achievements as an attorney and her dedication to the advancement of the status of women, the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association gives an award in her name. 

The Belle Mayer Zeck Award has been proudly bestowed upon the following individuals whose accomplishments are an inspiration to us all

                         1991     Belle Mayer Zeck
                         1992     Harriet D. Cornell
                         1993     Sydell J. Green
                         1994     Hon. Catherine Miklitsch
                         1995     Carolyn Fish
                         1997     Hon. Margaret Garvey
                         1998     Ellen B. Holtzman
                         2000     Hon. William Warren
                         2001     Hon. Sondra M. Miller
                         2002     Hon. Howard Miller
                         2003     Hon. William Sherwood
                         2005     Hon. Linda Christopher
                         2006     Bridget M. Casey
                         2008     Patricia Zippelli
                         2010     Dr. Winsome Downie-Rainford
                         2011     Hon. Ellen Jaffee
                         2012     Hon. Linda S. Jamieson
                         2013     Hon. Thomas P. Zugibe
                         2014     Alexander Bursztein, Esq.
                         2014     Susan Cooper, Esq.






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