Elaine Barkin
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HADLEY - Elaine Rappaport Barkin, an extraordinary and courageous woman of enormous spirit, died at the age of 100 Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 14, 1913, and schooled in Brooklyn at the Adelphi Academy, she graduated from Smith College in 1933 and earned her master's in social work in 1935 from the Smith College School for Social Work.
She worked at the Jewish Board of Guardians (JBG) where, in 1942, she job-shared her work on delinquency and family problems, and also represented the New York Jewish agencies in the court system. After leaving the JBG, she worked for the Child Adoption Committee. Later, she focused on career counseling, psychotherapy, and geriatric services.
She was appointed to boards that looked at the needs of elders throughout Massachusetts, including one at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She served on the first board of the Franklin County Home Care for 25 years and represented her community during this time. In addition, she was appointed by the governor of Massachusetts to be one of six national ombudsmen on the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators, a position she held for a number of years.
She married Solomon Barkin in 1940, a prominent labor economist, and enjoyed his companionship for almost 60 years. The family lived in Manhattan, Great Neck, N.Y., and Paris, France, where her husband was in the diplomatic corps assigned to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The family returned to live in Leverett, where her husband had a tenured professorship in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Survivors include her three children, David, Roger, and Amy; three grandsons, Adam, Michael and Benjamin, and two great-grandsons, Jacob and Eli; and a large circle of friends.
Elaine was a feisty, dedicated, socially active and colorful woman who remained mentally alert until her death. She had a life-long love of learning and appetite for life. Up until her last days she took courses in the local Five College Learning in Retirement program. She was a lover of opera, music, theatre, bridge, gourmet cooking, reading and travel.
She will be remembered as a deeply loving mother, a generous and devoted friend and confidant, a "bon vivant," an extraordinary listener and advisor to the young (and not so young), a hostess, an eternal optimist, a "raconteuse extraordinaire," and a role model for graceful aging. She was a kind and selfless person, beloved by all she met. She brightened the lives of those she touched and left footprints on our hearts, and we will never be the same. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Franklin County Home Care Corporation, Roseann Martoccia, Executive Director, 330 Montague City Road, Suite 1 Turners Falls, 01376.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Sep. 23, 2013.
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September 30, 2013
Such a memorable lady, so vibrant and with such a wonderful hearty laugh. She certainly did light up the world around her.
Sara-Jane Kornblith
September 26, 2013
Sending my love and prayers in this time of need.
Morrisa Rice
September 26, 2013
My sincerest condolences to all family members on your loss. Elaine became part of the fabric of so many people's lives through her good works and her humanity and generosity. Elaine was seated as a member of the Board of Directors of Franklin County Home Care when I began working there in 1977, She was a dedicated board member and I was always impressed by her genuine interest in the welfare of our clients as well as staff. She will be greatly missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Deborah Taylor, friend
September 23, 2013
Elaine was a wonderful, wonderful person who lit up the room the minute she entered! So grateful to have met her.
September 23, 2013
Such an honor and a pleasure to have known Elaine, a truly special person, I am glad she got to experience and celebrate her 100th birthday with her family and friends as she wanted. The world is a better place for having had her, a poorer place for having her gone, but she and her intelligent and warm spirit will continue to live on in us!
Tomma Henckel
September 23, 2013
My condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Barkin. May you draw close to the hearer of prayer during this difficult time. Psalm 65:2
M. Joseph
September 23, 2013
The Force has left us. An amazing, funny, woman....so honored to have crossed paths. Love you, Elaine!
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