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Deborah Bernstein, who worked in investment firms, dies

Deborah Bernstein, who worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Pequot Capital Management Inc. and Aquiline Capital Partners LLC in the 15 years since she graduated from Stanford University's business school, has died. She was 41.

She died on May 10 at her home in New York City after a prolonged battle with breast cancer, her mother, Caroline Kresky, said in an interview.

"Deborah was a shining star who passed far before her time," Bernstein's parents and husband, David Miller, wrote in an obituary posted online.

Bernstein was a partner since November 2008 at New York-based Aquiline, a private-equity firm.

Bernstein joined Aquiline after eight years at the San Francisco and New York offices of Pequot Ventures, a venture capital unit of Pequot Capital Management. Bernstein was a general partner who co-led the firm's investment efforts in financial services technology, according to Aquiline's announcement of her hiring in 2008.

An athlete who completed marathons in Seattle and New York, Bernstein was active in charitable causes including Dress for Success, which helps women find jobs and stay employed. She also loved cats and would whip out her checkbook to give money to shelters after petting their animals, her mother said.

Deborah Lisa Bernstein was born on July 1, 1971, in Washington, the daughter of Kresky and Michael Bernstein. She studied economics at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., graduated summa cum laude in 1993 and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.

Bernstein and Miller, a fellow Dartmouth graduate, married in 2002. The couple's son, Asher, is 5 months old.

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