In Loving Memory of Neila Straub

As aptly described by one of our classmates, Neila Straub was a force of nature. She also answered to loyal friend, kind heart, amazing chef, entertainer extraordinaire, world traveler, and helluva lawyer.  First as a social worker, and later as a very successful lawyer, she was a champion for those who were on the fringes of society, who were lost and alone, and who just couldn’t catch a break. As a friend, she was as reliable, caring, and generous as they come.

We remember Neila in law school as a member of the International Moot Court Team, as a performer portraying the Lunch Lady and one of Lenny’s Pigs in the Law Revue productions, and as the professional caterer who hosted many a dinner party.

Neila with classmates Ameli Padron-Fragetta and Janet Hoffman (Naples, 2016)

After retiring from her law practice in 2015, Neila sold her house in Salem, Massachusetts and permanently moved to Naples, Florida, where she had owned a vacation condo that became her permanent home. There, she was visited by many old friends and acquaintances, all of whom received the royal treatment and feasted on her many culinary creations. She was a volunteer at the Naples Museum of Art, the Naples Botanical Gardens, and a Naples Community Theater. She was a board member of her condominium association and was an activist for social and political causes. She loved to travel, play golf, watch sunsets on the beach, and dote on her grandson, Stevie, and her beloved four-legged son, Cooper.

Neila with Maggie Gallogly, Ameli, and Elaine Rappaport Lev enjoying a boat ride (Naples, 2015)

Neila passed away on April 4, 2017, at age 68, after suffering a brain hemorrhage while on a Caribbean Blues Cruise in late January. She is survived by her daughter, Michaela, her beloved toddler grandson, Stevie, her brother, Scott, and a bushel of friends who miss her dearly.

Thank you, Neila, for all that you did to enrich so many lives.

~ Ameli Padron-Fragetta

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