Beth Harber Lavine, 95, of Rockville, Md., died Sept. 24, 2019. Born in New York City, she also had lived in Trenton, Lawrence, and Ewing.
In New York, Mrs. Lavine was an editor and writer for “Seventeen” magazine for eight years, wrote for Foster Parents Plan for War Children and the World Broadcasting System, and was a volunteer researcher for the American Jewish Committee.
She was community relations director of the Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton for five years, winning first prize in the first annual competition of the New Jersey Hospital Public Relations and Marketing Society. Later she taught in the GED program of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor and was a professional tutor in the college’s Learning Center.
For some years she was a publicist for New Jersey State Opera and wrote for the fluoridation project and the migrant health program of the State Department of Health.
She graduated as valedictorian from Julia Richman High School in Manhattan and from Hunter College magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as an Arista member, and winner of the William C. Hess Memorial Prize and Helen Gray Cone Fellowship. She earned her master’s degree as a resident graduate scholar at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.
She was the author of “The Fourth Floor,” a family history that is in the collections of the New Jersey State Library, New York Public Library, Princeton’s Firestone Library, the Library of Congress, and the libraries of YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the American Jewish Historical Society.
Predeceased by her husband, Samuel H., in 1989, she is survived by her son, Ted (Laura Winick) of Rockville; a sister, Deborah Rose of Brookline, Mass; and two granddaughters.
Services were held Sept. 29 with arrangements by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.