Gerald Lavin, 79, United Nations officer

October 09, 2006

Gerald Lavin, a former United Nations officer, died Oct. 2 of complications after surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 79.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he graduated from Queens College and earned a master's degree from Hofstra University.

Mr. Lavin taught school in New York City and then moved to Indonesia, where he taught the children whose parents worked at the Caltex oil company based there. Upon returning to the United States, he worked as a corporate media writer, producing copy for print and film.

In 1968 he went to work for the United Nations, working his way up to the United Nations Development Program, where he served as a senior officer specializing in communications and external relations. His duties included writing speeches for U.N. Secretary-General U Thant.

In 1988, having retired from the U.N. a year earlier, Mr. Lavin moved to Annapolis. He became a supporter of the Humane Society and competed in tennis, golf and bridge. He was also interested in history, movies and, according to his family, fond of grounding his sailboat "on many a Chesapeake Bay sandbar."

A memorial service will he held at 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis.

He is survived by two daughters, Edith "Mimi" Lavin of Berkeley, Calif., and Nancy Lavin Albert of the British Virgin Islands; a brother, Richard Lavin of Castro Valley, Calif.; a sister, Elaine Lavin Tierney of Brewster, Mass.; and a grandson. Marriages to Joan Veit Siddle of Inverness, Calif., and Jane Shorall Voros of Pittsburgh ended in divorce.

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