Ngaire Anderson Bieler passed away on April 17, 2016 in East Windsor, N.J. at the age of 83. She leaves her husband Thomas Bieler.
Ngaire and Tom came to Millbrook after long careers in the United Nations. Both had worked as staff in various parts of the UN Secretariat.
They lived on Mabbettsville Road and are remembered for the entertaining there and for keeping up their connections with UN staff with whom they had worked. Ngaire’s interest in music brought her to the Millbrook Music Assembly where she was Music Chairman for about eight years. Lillian Corbin, the present chairman of the Assembly, recalls that Ngaire “raised the bar” in selecting the musical groups to play at their concerts. The Memorial Day concert at the Hitchcock’s will be dedicated to her memory.
The following is from Tom:
Tom and Ngaire moved to Meadow Lakes (a retirement community in N.J.) from Millbrook NY where they had lived for over 20 years. Ngaire was born in the South Island of New Zealand and came to the U.S. in the late fifties, following two years in London, as an “au pair” to a family on Long Island. Subsequently she was selected as a Tour Guide with the United Nations. A few years later she left the UN job to take up the position of private secretary to Dorothy Rogers (wife of composer Richard Rogers) with whom she remained for more than three years. She rejoined the UN as head of the Tour Guide operation. Over the years of her UN career, Ngaire moved to higher-level positions in the Department of Public Information, with the last two years in the Department of Political Affairs as Secretary to the Iraq Sanctions Committee following the end of the Gulf War.
The great passion in her life was food and cooking. She assembled a formidable library with cooking equipment to match.
Three months after moving to Meadow Lakes, Ngaire suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke and passed away on 17 April 2016 at Meadow Lakes.