The Curtis teacher Ida Kavafian reports that Dr. Lorna Breen, who was driven to suicide by the stress of caring for Covid patients in a New York hospital, was an enthusiastic amateur cellist who studied with Magdalena Garbalinska.
Psychiatrist Gia Merlo of NY University adds: Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, died Sunday. She was a delightful, empathic physician and cellist. She was an effervescent, dedicated member of the orchestra for many years and the news comes as a devastating, heart-wrenching blow to our New York Late Starters Orchestra members.
Rest her soul.