Virginia Tarin Schendler, 1960-2018

Virginia Tarin Schendler came into this world in 1960 in Helsinki, Finland, where the nurses had never seen a newborn with a head of beautiful dark curls. Her ancestors include immigrants from Russia, Poland, Ireland, and Germany.

Tarin graduated from Smith College and Fordham University School of Law. She was a fearless advocate for equality, free schools, veganism, and the rights of people around the world who face oppression. A multilingual attorney and real estate broker, Tarin also provided free counsel to New Yorkers facing eviction and other legal challenges. She had a special gift for exchanging joy with young children.

Tarin died tragically in a car accident December 20, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Michael Terry, and their son, Benjamin Schendler-Terry; her mother, Virginia Geary Schendler, and sister, Revan Schendler; her soul brother Gustavo Vianna Biehler; Samantha Terry and Danielle Terry and Michael's extended family; beloved cousins and aunts; fellow activists and prison abolitionists, and many friends and strangers who remember her infectious laugh and generosity, her love of vegan food and camaraderie, and her anger at injustice.

A memorial gathering was held in Brooklyn on January 20, 2019. In Tarin's memory, please make a gesture of generosity, and think of her.