Beryl W Levy
January 3, 1946 – January 17, 2019
Beryl W. Levy passed away on the evening of January 17 after a long illness.
Beryl was a social worker who dedicated her life to helping others. She earned her MSW at the University of Pennsylvania and later became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). In the early ’70’s, she was a medical social worker at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, where, under the guidance of a visiting English hospice nurse, she with her health care worker colleagues established one of the first hospice programs in the United States.
Beryl worked at the Manhattan headquarters of HIAS as part of the U.S. Government’s program in the ’80’s to resettle Vietnamese and ethnic minority refugees throughout the United States. With administrators from fellow immigrant resettlement organizations implementing the program, Beryl was flown to a week-long conference in Manila, not far from the Philippine beaches where for years her clients had barely survived in camps after fleeing war-torn Vietnam.
In recent years, Beryl was a school social worker at the Deron School in Union, NJ, where she helped diverse children, parents, and colleagues overcome difficult issues. Her wise and sensitive counsel smoothed students’ transitions into Deron and back to the local school districts where they lived.
Always, Beryl loved working with children and their families. She was beloved by her clients, colleagues, and friends.
Beryl was also a talented artist who drew charcoal pictures and painted watercolors of people, birds, and flowers. She was inspired by looking out the window, strolling about town or city, and trekking through the woods.
With all that, Beryl loved her family all the more. She leaves her husband Stephen and son Darren and his wife Jenna, as well as Beryl’s brother Bob and sons Matt and Alan.
- Memorial Service Sunday, February 10, 2019