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REMEMBERING PENNY: On the back of the program for In Style’s tribute to contributing fine jewelry and watches editor Penny Proddow, who died in February, were 10 “Pennyisms” compiled by longtime collaborator Marion Fasel, including “I live wrapped around an exclamation point.” The memorial, held Monday at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, eulogized Proddow for her energy, creativity and enthusiasm, a sort of punctuation mark to a life devoted to beautiful objects and a love of classical history.
Martha Nelson, editor of Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group, which includes In Style, People and Entertainment Weekly, said Proddow represented “no snobbery, only quality.” She added, “She wasn’t a fashion person. Nor would you call her fashionable. But wow, did she have style.” Proddow and Fasel were, Nelson said, “the Bernstein and Woodward of jewelry.”
Ralph Esmerian of Fred Leighton, designers Robert Lee Morris, Robin Renzi and Philip Crangi, and Movado Group Inc. chief executive officer Efraim Grinberg also offered tributes. Journalist Chris Hedges read aloud his New York Times “Public Lives” profile of Proddow from 2002. And perhaps most movingly, three of the children who were regulars in Proddow’s Metropolitan Museum of Art “Pause for Pegasus” class read poems and recollections of their beloved teacher. — I.C.