Harryette C. Offit, 67, tutor for dyslexic students

September 11, 2005

Harryette C. Offit, a reading specialist who tutored dyslexic students, died of lung cancer Wednesday at her Pikesville home. She was 67.

She was born Harryette Caplan in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1955, she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from what is now Towson University.

Mrs. Offit taught in city public schools until 1973, when she joined the faculty of the newly opened Jemicy School in Owings Mills. She tutored students at the school, which specializes in teaching dyslexic children, until 1983, when she left to establish a tutoring service.

She also instructed parents and school volunteers in how to teach reading to dyslexic children.

Mrs. Offit continued tutoring in her home until earlier this year when her health began to fail, said her husband of 48 years, Saul B. Offit, former owner of Aetna Shirt Co.

Mrs. Offit was a member of the Woodholme Country Club, where she enjoyed playing golf. She was also an avid bridge player.

She was a longtime member of Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., where services will be held at 1 p.m. today.

Also surviving are two sons, Marc A. Offit of Chicago and Howard P. Offit of Bethesda; a brother, Jerry Caplan of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

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