You are here

Share Share Share Share Share Share Share

Memories of Roslyn Zinn from Barry Crimmins

Barry Crimmins

I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of the wonderful artist Roslyn Zinn. Roz was a brilliant, talented, wise and generous woman who brought an incandescent love and beauty to all she met. Possessed of a rare presence that both soothed and inspired, Roz was the woman with whom Howard Zinn spent almost his entire adult life. Roz and Howard shared 64 years of marriage and countless remarkable friends and experiences. She was Howard's primary and most significant editor. On a personal note, Roz Zinn was boundlessly kind to me, offering spirited artistic encouragement and compassionate and sage advice precisely when such support was most needed. I know dozens of other people can say exactly the same thing.

Roz Zinn lived a full and amazing life and she will be missed all the more for it. I know a big part of why Howard will carry on spreading truth with loving optimism is because he is imbued with so much love from Roz.

Barry Crimmins is a political satirist who lives in Auburndale, MA.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Memories of Roslyn Zinn from Barry Crimmins." (Viewed on January 17, 2018) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

The JWA Podcast

listen now

Sign Up for JWA eNews


Discover Education Programs

Join our growing community of educators.

view programs