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Isabelle Silverman, 81, a former business manager for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, died Thursday (June 21, 1990) in the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged in New York City after a lengthy illness.

She was the publicist for Cooper-Hewitt Museum, a New York museum of design, from 1974 to 1986.

The former Isabelle Strauss was born in Ashland, Ky., and studied music at the University of Cincinnati. In 1933 she was employed by NBC Concert Management in Boston, and in 1938 she became assistant business manager for the Cleveland Orchestra. Two years later, she was named business manager for the newly formed Buffalo Philharmonic. In 1981, she recalled being described in newspaper articles at the time as "the youngest business manager for any major orchestra in the world."

In 1942, Sir Thomas Beecham asked her to come to Brooklyn to manage the Brooklyn Academy Orchestra, which he was forming.

Mrs. Silverman is survived by her husband, Selig J.; three sisters, Violet Straus and Louise Kline, both of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Eva Sofer of Falls Church, Va., and a brother, Harold Strauss of Huntington, W. Va.

A memorial service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Monday in New York.

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