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ANITA RUBIN SIEGEL KING - BURLINGTON - Anita Rubin Siegel King died on Feb. 13, 2013, in the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center, following declining health. She was born on Feb. 8, 1916, in New York City, and was raised there and in Woodmere, Long Island. Anita was predeceased by her parents, Maxwell and Celia (Cohen) Rubin, and her younger sisters, Joan Herzberg and Fay Cooper. She graduated from Smith College in 1937 and obtained a certificate in social work from Columbia University. In 1939, Anita married Victor Siegel, leading to her two children, Andrew Siegel and Claire Oppenheim. After 12 years their marriage ended in divorce, and she then became an advertising research account executive in New York City. Some years later, she was married to Rufus King resulting in her moving to Washington, D.C. There she began working for National Institute of Mental Health, in the Children's Service Division. Commuting to Philadelphia, she trained with Salvador Minuchin, and began her own clinical therapy practice. She moved to Williamsburg, Mass., in 1987, and continued psychotherapy private practice, until retiring in her early 90's. Throughout her life political activism was important to Anita. She turned to her concern with worldwide population growth. Through the Western Massachusetts Sierra Club, she developed a Population Committee, working with students from the five colleges in the Pioneer Valley, training them to be activists, and bringing internationally recognized speakers to Smith College on subjects related to population. In addition to enjoying travel, she was a lifelong lover of classical music. Also, she loved entertaining and bringing friends together for energetic conversation. She was a role model for younger women. In 2011, she moved to the Converse Home in Burlington, to be near family. She is survived by her son, Andrew Siegel and wife, Ene Piirak; daughter, Claire Oppenheim and husband, David Oppenheim; grandson, Eric Siegel and wife, Maria de Fatima Callou; and granddaughter, Rachel Siegel and husband, Jules Fishelman, and their two children, Gertie and Ira; stepgrandchildren, Aili and Marika Dalton and their spouses, Jason Gorzyck and Greg Maino, respectively; stepgreat-grandchildren, Liivo and Asta Gorzyck; her devoted former daughter-in-law, Lisa Schamberg and husband, Pat Robins; brother-in-law, Mel Herzberg and his children, Peter, Andrew and Kenneth; and nephew, Jon Cooper. The family would like to thank the staff at the Converse Home, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Center for their care and attention to Anita. There will be a graveside interment and memorial gathering at Temple Israel Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2013. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Sierra Club, Population Connection (formerly ZPG); and/or Population Media Center, P.O. Box 547, Shelburne, VT 05482.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 15, 2013
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