In Memoriam

Eve Sternberg

Eve Sternberg

College archives include this handwritten note:

Eva E. Sternberg died Nov. 9 [1970] of cancer. Surviving are husband Steven L. Teitelbaum, daughter Caren, age 4, and her parents. Burial at Valhalla Cemetery, University City, MO. Contributions can be made in her name to the Committee for Environmental Information, St. Louis, MO. 


Sincerely, Ann K. Williams


See also several notes below. The one by Penny Zweigenhf Feuerzeig is especially touching. SN

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05/05/13 06:01 PM #1    

Ellen Levy (Koenig)

Eve worked with me on the Mt Holyoke News and was a fabulous contributor and page editor. She was so looking forward to married life and that cancer struck her so very young was a real shocker.

05/05/13 06:28 PM #2    

Nancy Selinka (White)

A vibrant and vivacious personality . . . incisive intellect . . .  warmth and generosity of spirit  . . . ready wit and a fine sense of humor.  Beauty. These are the words and phrases that come to mind, remembering Eve. She died so very young, only seven years after our graduation. What a terrible loss!

Eve and I went to the same high school, but didn't know one another very well. I was shy and reclusive then, and she was outgoing, social, and well-liked. "Popular."  On our first night at Mount Holyoke, Eve called me at South Mandelle to invite me to visit her at Abbey. I was surprised and flattered, a little nervous--and I went. We talked, laughed, and had fun. I felt so comfortable in her company! It occurred to me that my loneliness in high school had probably been self-imposed, and my life could have been different. Happier.

On my way back to my dorm, I stood outside Abbey on that warm fall night looking up at the stars and at all the beauty around me, and vowed that my life would be different. I would drop my shyness, make friends, and be a part of my college community. And I did! I had a wonderful life at Mt. Holyoke and made close friendships I still treasure today. I never, ever forget that first evening on campus, and I never forget Eve for helping me to break through the isolating wall of shyness and for offering me the gift of friendship. 

I've told this story to numerous friends, and, when I come to campus, I still visit the place outside Abbey where I looked up at the stars and made that vow to myself. Thank you, Eve! 


05/07/13 09:27 AM #3    

Sally Nunneley

The following note was provided by Emily Tucker Dunlap:

Eve Sternberg was on the editorial staff of the Mount Holyoke News at the same time I was.  I remember her working diligently and remember her phoning her father from the News Office one evening to wish him a Happy Passover.  

05/09/13 08:57 AM #4    

Sally Nunneley

The following remembrance was provided by Penny Zweigenhaft Feuerzeig:

Eve Sternberg Teitelbaum was one of my closest friends at Mount Holyoke. We spent long hours together talking, laughing, smoking, sharing, studying, commiserating, gossiping. She was smart, funny, beautiful. Our friendship was everything a friendship should be.
Eve got married right after graduation to Steve Teitelbaum, then a med school student at Washington U in St. Louis. Sadly for both of us, we had a falling out about a year later when I went to visit, and nothing was the same after that. The details are unimportant, but to this day I regret letting my pride and hurt feelings keep me from repairing that breach. We stayed in touch, but very sporadically, and I never knew about her battle with breast cancer when she was barely 30.
I still remember my shock when I got a call in April 1971 asking if I knew Eve had died. I didn't know, but the news was crushing.
Subsequently I talked to Steve, who said Eve had been doing graduate work on Kipling before she got sick. She loved those studies, he said. They had one daughter, who he said was the image of Eve. He had remarried and seemed happy.
I still think about Eve. I still wish I had reached out to resurrect our friendship to the level it once had been. Her death underscored for me the damage we do to ourselves by holding grudges, or harboring resentments. Life is too short, and real friendships too valuable to toss aside so cavalierly. Eve was a real friend, and I'm sorry she's not here to share our 50th reunion.

05/12/13 02:15 AM #5    

Caren Teitelbaum

I am Caren, Eve's daughter. I was so moved by your beautiful and honest memories of my mother. Although I was young when she died, I also remember her as warm, spirited, and loving. It would be meaningful for me to continue to learn more about her, and I would be grateful for any additional memories of her.

My e-mail address is

05/14/13 10:04 AM #6    

Sheila Crocker (Denny-Brown)

I did not know Eve well at MHC but what I did know I liked: beautiful, funny, gutsy, interesting is what I remember. We got to know each other better after graduation because we both ended up in St. Louis, married to doctors. I remember that she and Steve came to my hospital room after the birth of our son in 1965, and  we saw each other several times after that.  We shared a love of art and literature, and i remember talking about books we liked. I think that her daughter was born the next year? Bruce was caught  in the doctor's draft and we were sent to  Tacoma in '66 and then he to Vietnam Nam in '67, so we lost tough with them. I was greatly saddened to hear of her struggle with cancer so very young, and am grateful  for the chance I got to consider her a friend.

Sheila Crocker Denny-Brown

05/27/13 09:34 AM #7    

Sally Nunneley

This note was sent after our 50th reunion by Eve's daughter, Caren Teitelbaum:

Dear Sally, 

It has taken me a while to reply to your e-mail because it has felt impossible to put fully into words what my experiences on Saturday have meant to me. But I will do my best to give you an idea.

I was frankly overwhelmed that everyone welcomed me and included me in such an open-hearted way. This started with you, your warm response to my request to attend the Memorial Service, and your communicating so closely with me when you, no doubt, had a lot on your plate. I know that this event and the reunion in general had their own personal and unique meanings for everyone who attended--and I loved hearing about the lives and memories of the many other women in your class. That so many who were there were kind enough to think of me, include me in their own important experience, and share their memories and feelings about my mother was an extraordinary gift that I will have with me forever. 

Thank you for what you did for me.

Warmly and fondly,



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