Avis Halberstadt

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Avis Halberstadt, age 68, a 30 year resident of the St. Margaret's area, died on August 4, 2014 from metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer. The daughter of the late Ethel and Milton Levy, Avis grew up in New Bedford, MA. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1967 with a degree in English and Education and began her teaching career as a second grade teacher in Cambridge, MA. She and her devoted husband, Fred, were married in 1970. In 1985, after moving to the Annapolis area, Avis continued her teaching career at Shipley's Choice Elementary School, Magothy River Middle School, and Severna Park Middle School until her retirement in 2006. In 1990, Avis began an SAT and Math tutoring business that she continued until recently. Avis was a "people person" and spent her life helping others. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 1998, she became a dedicated volunteer for the Maryland Affiliate of Komen for the Cure, working on many committees and culminating in her role as Chairperson of the 2007 Maryland Race for the Cure. That same year, Avis had surgery for primary stomach cancer. In November of 2007, she joined Compass, a support group at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) for women with Stage 4 breast cancer. In 2009, she co-founded METAvivor Research and Support, a 501(c)3 non-profit for women and men with metastatic breast cancer, and served on their board, as well as being Treasurer and Fundraising Chair of the organization. Avis was also a member of the AAMC Institutional Review Board, which reviews all the clinical trials that doctors at AAMC seek to offer their patients, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Scholarships for Scholars, a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Anne Arundel County. In addition, she organized the Chesapeake Bay Book Club, a group of women that became devoted friends over the years. Survivors include her husband, Fred, their son, Adam and his wife Bruna of San Diego, CA, granddaughter Charlotte, sister Sandy (Mike) Cohen of Tucson, her nephews Keith, Todd (Bianca), Jack and Graham, and many other loving family members and dear friends. A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Shalom, 1461 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD 21012 on August 8 at 10:30 A.M. Burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations in Avis' memory may be made to METAvivor Research and Support, 1783 Forest Dr., #184, Annapolis, MD 21401, or at www.metavivor.org.



Published in The Capital Gazette on Aug. 6, 2014
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