- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 11, 2005

Betty S. Levinson, a founder of TRI-Services/the National Institute of Dyslexia and an area resident for 46 years, died May 18 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of respiratory failure from pneumonia. She was 75.

Born June 2, 1929, in New York, she graduated from Hunter High School and received a degree in psychology from Hunter College. She received her master’s degree from City College of New York. After graduate studies at Michigan State University, she received her doctorate in human development and clinical psychology at the University of Maryland in 1973.

Mrs. Levinson diagnosed, treated and advocated for thousands of learning-disabled and dyslexic persons during more than 35 years in private practice. Her other specialties included psychotherapy and working with adults and gifted children.

She was a member of numerous local and national groups and organizations, including the Montgomery County Community Coordinated Child Care Council, from 1970 to 1973; the psychology division of the Association for the Advancement of Science, from 1988 to 1991; and the International Orton Dyslexia Society-International Dyslexia Association, from 1994 to 2000.

Mrs. Levinson also was a chairwoman for the Maryland Psychological Association’s subcommittee of children and adolescence.

She had recently been informed that she is the recipient of the International Dyslexia Association’s Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award for 2005.

Mrs. Levinson is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr. Robert B. Levinson of Rockville; two daughters, Brooke Fox of Mt. Airy, Md., and Jana Llynn of New York; a son, Eric Levinson of New York, and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Betty S. Levinson Foundation, an organization created to provide financial assistance to families of dyslexic children, at 19 Hawthorn Court, Rockville, MD 20850.


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