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Nancy Hannah Leberman Lawrence A long-time resident of San Francisco, Nancy passed on November 20, 2012. She was born during the Spanish flu epidemic in Philadelphia to Joseph and Estel Leberman. She attended Cheltenham High School and then Goucher College in Baltimore. She received a master's degree from the University of Chicago. There she was part of the newly formed Great Books seminar developed by Mortimer Adler and Robert Huchins. The connections she made at Chicago followed her to San Francisco where she settled and lived for 60 years and taught middle school and high school. She married Philip Rutter Lawrence, a fellow Chicago graduate and lawyer, and raised 3 children. She was an avid bike rider and in college led bike trips through Europe and Canada for the Experiment in International Living. She supported many causes including the American Youth Hostels, The Society for Community Work of the Unitarian Church, the Sierra Club, Open Hand, and Larkin Street Youth Services. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip and daughter, Susan, and is survived by her son, Christopher and daughter Barbara, grandsons Ryley Lawrence-Devine, Aidan Lawrence-Devine, and Tommy Iverson, and granddaughter Tamara Faxon, and 5 Great-grandchildren: Dyllon, Christa, Rhyanne, Hunter and Kaylee. Daughter-in-law Karen Lawrence and Son-in-law Patrick Devine.
If you would like to contact her family please email nlawrence1918@gmail.com, and please include how you knew Nancy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Larkin Street Youth Services, 701 Sutter Street, Suite 2, San Francisco, CA 94109, phone 415.673.0911, www.larkinstreetyouth.org.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 7, 2012
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