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Toby Saks, Seattle cellist, dead at 71

Aug. 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

SEATTLE, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Cellist Toby Saks, a founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, has died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, her family said. She was 71.

The Seattle Times reported she died Thursday, just weeks after she was diagnosed.

"Death has never scared me," the newspaper quoted Saks, a native New Yorker, as saying in mid-July.

"I've never been afraid of it," she said. "I think about what I've done in my life: starting my career as a cellist, achieving a fair amount of success, having two great kids, coming to the University of Washington, starting the [music] festival, meeting Marty [Dr. Martin Greene, her husband of 25 years] ... It's been wonderful. I've had the joy of grandchildren -- and the joy of handing over the festival to [current artistic director] Jimmy Ehnes; it's like my other soul took over. He is so divine."

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