GOLDBERG, ADRIENNE BERENSON, born in Chicago in 1925, the daughter of Clara Rofsky and Leonard Berenson. Her mother's family emigrated from Russia, her father's from Lithuania. The famous art critic, Bernard Berenson, was her grandfather's first cousin. She graduated from Tuley High School in Chicago in 1942, Northwestern University in 1946 and received her Master's degree from Columbia University in 1948. She was a professor of English and African-American Literature at Queensboro Community College (QCC) of City University of New York. After studying African-American literature at Columbia's Teachers College with Dr. Bone, she developed the African American studies curriculum of QCC, taught the first African-American literature course in their English Department, and was on QCC's search committee for African-American faculty. She challenged gender discrimination in promotion against the City of New York, with the help of American Jewish Congress, and prevailed. She was a representative for women in another successful gender discrimination challenge. She also taught at Brooklyn Polytech and Queens College in New York City, and Temple University and Drexel College in Philadelphia. She lived in New York, Philadelphia, Annapolis, and Trinidad, California and traveled throughout the world, including Europe, Israel, Turkey, and Senegal, West Africa. She devoted her life to teaching, charity, justice, literature, and the arts. She was the recipient of many awards for teaching and community service. She died suddenly on March 15, 2013. Contributions can be made in her memory to Mt. Olive Community Life Center, 2 Hicks Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401. Adrienne's successes, both academically and professionally, reflect her curiosity and keen intellect. Yet her greatest achievement was as a person who truly cared about others. She wanted to know people deeply and the stories of their lives. Her heart was large enough to hold both the love and the pain of others. Her ability to see each person's unique value and her generous spirit helped each of us strive to be our better selves. She was a remarkable person whom we loved dearly. We keep her close in our hearts and appreciate each moment of life as the rich gift that she knew it to be. In coming months, one memorial service will be held in Trinidad, California and one in Annapolis. Family members are her husband of 65 years, Clarence Goldberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org, her son, Larry Goldberg, in Trinidad, at email@example.com, her daughter, Susan Goldberg, in Pittsburgh, at firstname.lastname@example.org, daughter-in-law, Kathleen DiCiolla, and grandson, Jacob Alberto DiCiolla Goldberg.
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Published in The Capital on Mar. 22, 2013