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Elizabeth C. Bellavance, activist
Elizabeth C. Bellavance, activist

Elizabeth C. Bellavance, an educator, social activist, and patron of the academic and arts communities who was also an outspoken advocate for the Eastern Shore's Hispanic community, died July 24 of cancer at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. She was 77. "Liz was an extraordinary, extraordinary woman. I used to call her the Grand Dame of the Eastern Shore," said Kim Propeack, a lawyer who is the political and communications director for Casa de Maryland. "She was attached to the plight of undocumented immigrants. She was incredibly engaged with this issue," said Ms. Propeack. "The Shore has lost someone very, very...