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Judith Berkowitz, Baltimore social worker and social activist, dies

Judith Berkowitz, Baltimore social worker and social activist, dies

Judith Berkowitz, a former Baltimore City social worker and a social activist, died of multiple myeloma Feb. 11 at her Cheswolde home. She was 89.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Isidore Herz, a clothing manufacturer, and Rachel Herz, a homemaker. Her parents were immigrants from near Krakow, Poland.

She was a 1945 graduate of New Utrecht High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College. She then taught at a Brooklyn elementary school.

She met her future husband, Bernard Berkowitz, a city planner who would go on to be president of the Baltimore City Economic Development Corp., on a blind date in 1949.

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