It is with sadness that I share the passing of Cindy Amatniek, current trustee and Ninevah seasonal resident, Dark Meadow alumna, and parent of Indian Brook camper then staff, among her many roles. Her husband Max reached out to us with this update last night:

Dear Campers, Board Colleagues, and Farm and Wilderness devotes,

I’m writing to inform you of the passing of Joan Cindy Amatniek who died today from GBM (Glioblastoma Multiforme). Her death was relatively easy after having survived the disease for almost 2 years. Walking, hiking, and a love for the F&W environment kept her going much longer than the typical patient.

The funeral announcement is below but we are also intending a life celebration in the late spring/early summer. We may have to make it a traveling life festival.

Thank you,

Max, Joan Cindy’s husband

Joan Cindy Amatniek, MD, age 61, died Feb. 11, 2020 at her home in Newtown PA from Glioblastoma. She is survived by her husband, Max Yaffe, daughter, Abigail Yaffe, and sister, Kathie Amatniek. Dr. Amatniek was a graduate of Harvard, Columbia School of Journalism, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She trained in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia. Dr. Amatniek devoted her work to the study of drugs for Alzheimer’s and other neurological conditions. She served on the board of Farm and Wilderness Foundation in Plymouth, Vermont. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood of PA or to Farm and Wilderness. Services will be at Joseph Levine & Sons, Trevose, PA on Monday, Feb 17, 2020 at 3:00 PM.


I know you’ll join me in joining Cindy’s family and friends in the light.

In peace,


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