October 16, 2012
Hermine Nessen, 80, died of acute leukemia Friday at her home in Aspen.
She spent winter and summer in Aspen and spring and fall in New York City. Hermine loved Aspen and this year she chose to pass her last days here. For many years, she worked as a ski ambassador, assisting visitors down the slopes. She also was a much-loved ambassador at the Music Festival and a patron of Aspen Filmfest. She had many friends in the community and they will miss her loyalty and her generosity of spirit.
Family and friends in New York City will also mourn her. Hermine was born there in 1932 to Florence and Stanley H. Fuld, former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals. She was married for 59 years to Maurice Nessen, a prominent criminal attorney. Hermine also had a passion for justice. She was the juvenile justice coordinator for Citizens Committee for Children. In that capacity, she wrote numerous studies advocating reform based on her first-hand observations of New York City Family Court and juvenile facilities.
Her husband, her children Josh, Billy and Liz, and six grandchildren survive her.
Donations to Aspen Music Festival are suggested.