Deborah Sagal-Cotler, wife of NYPPA President Bruce Cotler, dies age 54

Deborah Sagal-Cotler, wife of New York Press Photographer’s Association President and freelance photographer Bruce Cotler, died September 15 after a long illness. She was 54.

Cotler, a life-long resident of Brooklyn, was a special education teacher with the Department of Education up until her illness permanently sidelined her. 

She was a graduate of Brooklyn College with bachelor’s degree in art.

She met President Cotler while attending Brooklyn College and they were married for more than 25 years. She was a devoted mother to her two daughters, one of whom is currently attending her alma mater.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughters, Samantha and Emily; her mother, Dorothy Sagal and her brother, David Sagal.

The funeral will be held on Sunday September 18th, 1 p.m. in a graveside service at Beth David Cemetery, 300 Elmont Road, Elmont N.Y. 

In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in her name to the Jewish National Fund, Trees for Israel.