Betty T. Beiner, 75, public school educator

January 15, 2003

Betty T. Beiner, a retired educator who taught in area public schools and at what is now Towson University, died of a stroke Thursday at a hospital in Jerusalem. The former Northwest Baltimore resident was 75.

Born Betty Taksar in Baltimore, she was raised above her father's Poppleton Street grocery store. She was a 1944 graduate of Western High School, and earned her bachelor's degree from Goucher College in 1948 and a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University in 1950.

She began her teaching career in city elementary schools in 1951. She taught at Edgecombe Circle and Fallstaff elementaries. She also taught at Dundalk Elementary School and Bais Yaakov School.

In the early 1970s, she joined the faculty at Towson, where she was an associate professor of education and did research on multicultural education. She retired in 1982, then earned a master's degree in Jewish history from Baltimore Hebrew University in 1985.

Mrs. Beiner had been a member of Adath Yeshurun and Beth Israel congregations, and the Eastern Star.

In 1953, she married Irvin M. Beiner, who survives her. She and her husband were active members of United Synagogue Youth.

In 1987, the couple moved to Jerusalem.

"Their thirst for life led them to backpack through Europe in their early 60s, before retiring for a second time in Jerusalem," said her son, Stan J. Beiner of Atlanta.

Services were held Friday in Israel. Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Beiner is survived by three daughters, Debbie Beiner of Baltimore, Eudice Ben-Or of Jerusalem and Hannah Vogelman of Ma'ale Adumin, Israel; and 12 grandchildren.

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