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
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
2014 Susan Cooper, Esq.
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.