In Memoriam: Alumni Classes of 1970 - 1979

Lynda Roth ’74, of Laguna Beach, Calif., an award-winning musician, died on June 2 at her home, surrounded by her life partner, Lisa Richter, and several close friends. She started studying piano at the age of 7, beginning a lifelong love of music. Lynda performed in various bands and later as a soloist in New England, New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As music director for “Playboy’s Girls of Rock and Roll,” she toured Monte Carlo and Honolulu. She was the last student of Lyle “Spud” Murphy, a Los Angeles jazz great. She was a prolific songwriter, recording a number of albums, including a joint venture with local jazz vocalist Karen Gallinger. In 1983, Lynda’s album “Try” was the Billboard Magazine pick of the week. In 1988, she earned an Emmy for the musical score “Dollars and Sense,” written for PBS. In 1994, she opened Studio Laguna, and continued to record and compose for a number of television and corporate clients, including “The Guiding Light,” ESPN and the San Bernardino County Museum. She founded the Muse Project, an innovative educational program to utilize the power of music to teach American history and literature. In addition to her partner, she leaves two brothers, Bill and Dennis, and a sister, Keren. Pamela Rosenbloom ’75, P’09, P’11, of Bethany, Conn., died of breast cancer on July 28. After graduating from Brandeis, she earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where she met her husband. She began her career in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with Vaughn Wunsch, where she was the firm’s first female architect. She later started her own practice and at the time of her death was serving as the director of planning for capital projects and modernization for the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven. She was active in the fight against breast cancer, participating in the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure and serving as the event’s keynote speaker in 2010. She leaves her husband of 32 years, Ben; a daughter, Jenna ’09; a son, Adam ’11; her mother, Rita; a sister, Carol; and a brother, Mitchell. Hedy Haas ’76, of Brookline, Mass., who combined her love of books and Judaica while working as a Judaica cataloguer in the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis, died on June 27. After graduating from Brandeis, she earned a master’s degree in library science from Simmons. According to Barbara Bolshon ’75, P’13, Hedy was remembered by her 1974-75 suitemates in East for her wit, intelligence, loyalty and friendship. She was part of the Orthodox Hevrah at Brandeis. She leaves her mother, Bertha, and her brother, Lester. Damon Borgo ’77, of Walpole, Mass., a freelance writer, died on May 21. He leaves his mother, Margot, and a brother, Louis.