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HORTENSE GABEL DIES, EX-JUDGE WAS INVOLVED IN MYERSON SCANDAL

Hortense Gabel, a judge and social reformer whose reputation was tarnished when her daughter claimed she pulled strings to get her a job with Bess Myerson's office, died Friday.

Mrs. Gabel, 77, died at her Manhattan home, friends said.

A leader in the fight against racial bias in housing after World War II, Mrs. Gabel was a justice for the trial-level state Supreme Court from 1976 until 1987.

She was named judge of the year in 1986 by the National Association of Women Judges, an organization she helped found.

In 1988, a federal jury acquitted her of charges that she secured a job for her daughter, Sukhreet, with Ms. Myerson, the city's cultural affairs commissioner, by ruling favorably for Ms. Myerson's male companion in a divorce case.

Mrs. Gabel stepped down from the bench in 1987, citing health problems.

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