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Biographical/Historical Information

Stella Dreyfus Koch (1878-1962) was born into a family of German Jewish immigrants in New Orleans. Her parents (Bertha and Leon) were from the Bavarian town of Ingenheim, Germany and immigrated to New Orelans in 1857, where her father Leon went into the jewelry business. In 1889, the family moved to the New York City area, and Stella completed her schooling there, including a degree obtained from Normal (now Hunter) College. She was a teacher in the New York City public schools for some time in the early 1900s. Stella was married to Richard S. Koch (1876-1935), with whom she had Helen A. Koch (1907-1919), Alfred N. Koch (died circa 1919), and Richard F. Koch (1920-2012 ). Stella resided in Cedarhurst, New York for the rest of her life.

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Lippmann, Rachel: [Portrait of Stella Dreyfus Koch in a blue dress], Leo Baeck Institute, 2009.016.