Beatrice Shugarman, 86


December 13, 2006

Beatrice Shugarman, a homemaker who founded an organization for parents of twins, died of multiple organ failure Dec. 6 at Sinai Hospital. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 86.

Born Beatrice Richmond in Baltimore and raised on Broadway, she was a 1938 graduate of Eastern High School. During World War II, she was a Coast Guard volunteer.

In 1945, she married Larry E. Shugarman, owner of a dental laboratory.

The couple had three children before Mrs. Shugarman gave birth to twins in 1956.

"They didn't know until that day that Mrs. Shugarman was going to have a double birth," The Evening Sun reported in a 1960 story on the couple and the Parents of Twins Club they had founded three years earlier.

The purpose of the club was to "help parents through the obvious problems of bringing up twins and, from time to time, invite experts to meetings for lectures in double child care," the article said.

"She ran the program for many years until stepping down in the 1970s," said a daughter, Ellen S. Penndorf of Annapolis.

"Her hobby was keeping up with her family and grandchildren," Mrs. Penndorf said of her mother, who had her sixth and last child, a son, in 1958.

Mrs. Shugarman was a member of B'nai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation.

Services were Friday.

Surviving, in addition to her daughter and husband of 61 years, are three sons, Sheldon S. Shugarman, Chanan Shugarman and Laibel P. Shugarman, all of Baltimore; two other daughters, twins Marlene R. Hurwitz of Pikesville and Sharlene P. Shugarman of Potomac; a brother, Julius Richmond of Baltimore; and 17 grandchildren.

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