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Freethought Today · June/July 2013

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

In Memoriam

Eileen Lottman, 1928–2013

Eileen Lottman, 85, New York City, died at home surrounded by loved ones June 7, 2013. She was born in Minneapolis, grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.

She started her professional career in New York with publicist Lois Smith, becoming publicity director and then editor at major publishing houses including Putnam, Dell and Bantam before turning to writing full time. Eileen was the author of 23 novels, including After the Wind (1979), The Brahmins (1982) and She and I (1991). A lifelong advocate for free speech and social justice, she also loved animals and supported animal rights.

Her husband of more than 40 years, noted film editor Evan Lottman, and daughter Jessica Lottman preceded her in deaht. Survivors are her many loving friends, who feel deeply the loss of her humor, honesty and companionship.  A memorial was held June 14. 

“We met Eileen at an FFRF event in New York City several years ago and were very impressed with her long writing career and dedication to freethought,” said FFRF Cp-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Count us among her sad but appreciative friends.”

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