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Beth Weinstein, 61, of West Hartford, died at Arden Courts of Farmington, on January 29, 2012 of Alzheimer's Disease. Born in Philadelphia, PA, the eldest of four daughters of Ralph and Dorothy Weinstein, she and her family moved to Las Vegas after the death of her father in 1960. She graduated from Las Vegas High School, received a B.S. from Barnard College in 1971, and an MPH from Yale University in 1973. She began her career as an environmental analyst for the Connecticut DEP, then as Director of Health Projects at CCRG, then consultant to the OPM. From 1981 to 2002 she worked for the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health, first as Block Grant coordinator for Preventive Health and Maternal and Child Health. She was Assistant Director and then Director of the Preventable Disease Division, and from 1987 to 2002 Director of the AIDS Division. In 1992 she helped usher in the law that led to the first needle exchange program in the country. She was honored in 1990 for her work by the Connecticut AIDS Action Council. She lectured in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. Beth was a frequent visitor to the state capitol and LOB, where she lobbied and testified tirelessly for numerous public health issues. She helped found Kehilat Chaverim and sang with the West Hartford Women's Chorale. She loved Israeli folk dancing and singing Broadway musicals and Hebrew hymns. She traveled to all parts of the globe, but loved Paris best. Beth is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Epstein of West Hartford; daughter, Rachel Weinstein Podolsky of New York City; step-son Noah Epstein of New York City; mother and step-father Dorothy and Paul Eisenberg of Las Vegas; sisters Joan Weinstein of Los Angeles, Ruth Weinstein of Israel, and Amy Weinstein of Pasadena; and an uncle and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be remembered for her commitment, integrity and, finally, courage in the face of her disease. She will be missed by family, friends, colleagues, and the many people whose lives she touched.
A public memorial service will be held at a future date. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation and/or the .

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 3, 2012
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