Suni (Sheila) Mallow

Suni (Sheila Finkelstein) Mallow, 74, daughter of the prominent Williamsport cardiologist Herman Finkelstein and his wife Bess, died on Jan. 7, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla.

After graduating from Vassar College, Suni went on to study at Radcliffe College and became the first woman to receive a graduate degree in classics from Harvard instead of Radcliffe.

On moving to New York, she became acquainted with many of the emerging artists including Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Robert Motherwell and Helen Frankenthaler. Asked by Jonas Mekas, “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema” to edit a newsletter for the New York film movement, she turned it into a national cinematography magazine, “Filmmakers Monthly”. When she sold it in 1979, it had one of the highest ad rates per reader in the business. An accomplished skier, Suni then started a publication, “Skiing in Europe” for the very high-end skier and traveller. At one point in the 1980s, she briefly held the women’s European record for total vertical feet in heli-skiing. When Deng Xiaoping opened up China to outsiders, Suni helped develop tourism from the United States to the previously closed areas of the country, and she was among the first Americans to travel to those newly opened sectors. In the last 15 years of her life, Suni traveled among her residences in New York, Fort Lauderdale and Morocco and became a major support to her mother in the final year of Bess’s life.

Suni is survived by her sisters, Sammy Hyde of Sarasota, Fla., and Diane Danielle of Berkeley, Calif. Interment will be in Williamsport, Pa.