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Doris Beck

Doris Beck

Doris Beck (Lew), 91, of Boca Raton, Fla., died July 12, 2020. Born in Chehanovietzer, Poland, she formerly resided in Livingston. Mrs. Beck was mayor of Livingston in 1975 and 1978 and also served as councilwoman from 1974 to 1982. She was the first woman to serve as mayor in any Essex County municipality.

The former drum majorette, who co-led a World War II war bonds parade in 1945, attended Weequahic High School in Newark; her image is on the cover of the book “Jews of Weequahic.” She graduated from Montclair State Teachers College in 1950 and taught fourth-grade English in Irvington.

She was a trustee for St. Barnabas Medical Center from 1977 to 2004 and St. Barnabas Health Care System from 1996 to 2007. She served on the board of trustees of the Orange Savings Bank and was president of the New Jersey State Library. She was president of the League of Women Voters of Livingston and vice president of the New Jersey State League of Women Voters. She was on the Arbitration Board of the New York Stock Exchange.

She was a staunch supporter of United Jewish Federation, the Mental Health Association, United Way of North Essex, Rutgers University, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Temple Beth Shalom of Livingston.

Predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Felix, in 2019, and a son, Jeffrey, she is survived by two sons, Bruce (Janet) and Steven (Lauren); her daughter-in-law Karen; a sister, Ann Kirschner; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Private services were held July 16 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County (

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