- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 17, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyce Wein, a former biochemist and co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival, which is credited with helping fuel the 1960s folk revival, died Aug. 15 of cancer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She was 76.

After marrying jazz impresario George Wein in 1959, Mrs. Wein gave up her career in biochemistry and became a key adviser to her husband. In 1963, they joined Pete and Toshi Seeger in founding the Newport Folk Festival.

She also was a founder of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women, an organization that works to promote sex equality, and participated in several scholarship programs and numerous other charities.


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