Marion Glickman Effron
March 5, 1923 – November 16, 2021
Marion Nancy Glickman Effron, 98, died Tuesday Nov. 16, 2021 in Chapel Hill, N.C. She had been a resident of the Carol Woods Retirement Community since 2010. Prior to moving to North Carolina she lived in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. for 57 years.
She was born March 5, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA – the daughter of Robert and Esther Glickman and grew up in Waterbury, Conn. where her father was a retail merchant. She attended Crosby High School and went on to the University of Connecticut, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree on June 4, 1944 – two days before the D-Day invasion.
Answering the call of federal government recruiters seeking workers to support the World War II effort in Washington, she went to work for the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. War Department in the nation’s capital. The agency’s mission was to collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence.
While still living in Washington at the close of the war, she met Army Air Corps Capt. Marshall R. Effron of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., whom she married in 1947.
In 1951 she moved to Poughkeepsie, where her husband helped run and later took over the family business – Effron’s Clothing Store – a Main Street institution in the city that continued in operation until 1987 when Marshall Effron retired and sold the store. She was a regular presence at the store.
Like her husband, she had a strong commitment to community service and took an active part in several religious, volunteer, and community organizations. Her involvement included making her home a hub for those efforts – hosting meetings, receptions, and fundraisers.
She was deeply committed to Jewish life and was a director of the local Jewish Welfare fund, president of the local Hadassah chapter and president of the Temple Beth-El Sisterhood.
In support of her three children’s education, she served as president of the Krieger Elementary School PTA.
She spent six years as the chair of the Dutchess County Women’s Democratic Club and worked to coordinate local campaigns for national and regional candidates – including the 1968 presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy, the 1968 Senate campaign of Paul O’Dwyer and the 1970 congressional campaign of John Dow.
Along with her husband, she was particularly active in the effort to preserve and restore the historic Bardavon Theater. Joining with others, they helped the community save the 1869 Opera House from the wrecking ball, transforming it into a regional center for the performing arts and home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. A bench and plaque in the theater’s lobby acknowledges their efforts.
She was among the earliest participants in Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Study -- a program that provides learning enrichment for older adults.
After moving to Chapel Hill, N.C, she continued her involvement, volunteering in community and political efforts.
A private graveside service for the family will be held on Sunday Nov. 21 at the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
A memorial celebration of Marion’s life will be scheduled for later this spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Marshall R. Effron Fund at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley (https://cfhvny.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1250) established by Marion which provides an award to support a student’s education at Dutchess Community College – or to a charity of your choice.
She is survived by: her sister Muriel Glickman Siegel of Philadelphia, PA.; children Andrew Effron (and Barbara Effron) of Annandale, Va., Seth Effron (and Nancy Thomas) of Bath, N.C. and Lucy Effron (and Stan Schickler) of Port Washington, N.Y.; grandchildren Robin Effron (and Samuel Robertson) of Garden City, N.Y., Michael Effron (and Alayna Effron) of Alexandria, Va., Rebecca Effron of Camden, S.C., Eve Effron McGaughey (and Christopher McGaughey) of Hope Mills, N.C., Carmi Schickler of New York City and Ari Schickler of Port Washington, N.Y. Her great-grandchildren are: Maura and Eleanor Robertson of Garden City, N.Y.; Jayden and Avery Effron of Alexandria, VA; and Hudson Marshall McGaughey of Hope Mills, N.C.