Charlotte Devereux Aladjem, age 85, of Del Mar, California, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the Olivenhain Guest Home in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Charlotte suffered from Alzheimer's and took part in a UCSD study documenting the disease.
She was born in West Medford, Massachusetts, on March 23, 1928. During the 1960s, frustrated by the lack of resources for her son, William "Billy" Hutchins, born with severe developmental disabilities, Charlotte became a leading national advocate for the rights of people with mental disabilities, educating political leaders including Senator Edward Kennedy and Governors Frank Sargent and Michael Dukakis while serving as President of the Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens and co-founding the Disability Law Center in Boston. Charlotte then formed a successful real estate firm, living and working out of the historic Vendome in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
In 2000, she moved to Del Mar, California, where she quickly became involved in the community, volunteering her time to the Del Mar Community Connection, the city's Historical Society, and the Rancho Coastal Humane Society thrift shop in Solana Beach.
Remembered fondly by friends on both coasts, Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Anne. H. Hutchins; grandson, Devereux H. Katz; son-in-law, Harry L. Katz; brother, Robert Devereux; and loving service dog, Billy. She is predeceased by her son, William Forester Hutchins.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to The Arc Massachusetts, 217 South St., Waltham, MA 02453; The Del Mar Community Connections, 225 9th St., Del Mar, CA 92014; or The Baja Animal Sanctuary, PMB 626, PO Box 439060, San Diego, CA 92143.