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STOCKBRIDGE -- Joan Welkowitz, 76, of Hawthorne Street died Saturday at home.

Born in New York on April 17, 1929, daughter of Abraham and Ray Young Horowitz, she graduated from Hunter College High School in 1945 and from Queens College in 1949. She received her master's degree in psychology in 1954 from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University in 1960.

Mrs. Welkowitz taught at New York University for 41 years, retiring in August 2005. She was director of the university's clinical psychology program and the first woman to be a full professor there.

She was the author of "Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences," which was first published in 1971. The textbooks have sold more than 200,000 copies and are still in use today. She was working on the seventh edition when she died.

She lived in Metuchen, N.J., until moving to Stockbridge in 1994. She was a member of the Women's Group of Western Massachusetts and a recent recipient of the Doug Flutie Foundation Grant to study autism.

She enjoyed traveling, the many cultural events in the Berkshires and spending time in her gardens.

She and her husband, Walter Welkowitz, were married June 17, 1951, in New York City.

Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, David Welkowitz of Los Angeles and Larry Welkowitz of Keene, N.H.; a daughter, Julie Ann Welkowitz of Burlington, Vt.; a sister, Helen Pattin of Riverdale, N.Y.; a brother, Michael Horowitz of Binghamton, N.Y., and five grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- The funeral for Joan Welkowitz, Ph.D., of Stockbridge, who died Feb. 11, 2006, will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 at FINNERTY AND STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington by Rabbi Andrew Klein. Burial will follow in Stockbridge Cemetery. She leaves a daughter-in-law, Sara Ehrman; a son-in-law, Steven Keough, and five grandchildren, William Daniel, Stacy Beth and Annika Rachel Welkowitz, and Joshua Samuel and Shaina Rae Leanna Keough. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation through the funeral home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances, memories and reflection may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 13, 2006
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