Beverly Gold, a Baltimore educator for 40 years, died Thursday after a yearlong battle with breast cancer. She was 63.
She retired last year from Baltimore City Community College as director of faculty development.
Born and reared in Baltimore, she graduated from Towson State College in 1952.
Later, she earned a master's degree in education at Loyola College; a master of science degree in educational technology at the Johns Hopkins University; and a doctorate in reading and language arts from Union Institute.
She also earned certificates for advanced training in special education and the liberal arts.
After working in the Baltimore City school system through most of the 1950s and '60s, Dr. Gold joined the faculty of what was then the Community College of Baltimore (CCB) in 1973.
At CCB, she held various positions, including assistant department chair in English, professor of English, reading coordinator and director of faculty development. During her sabbatical year, 1986-1987, she was a literacy consultant to Communities Organized to Improve Life (COIL) in Southwest Baltimore.
Starting in 1955, she also tutored in her home, taking students from elementary school through college, helping not only with classroom work but also preparing them for college ad mission ** tests; she also taught them writing and study skills.
Dr. Gold wrote extensively about education and was the co-author of "Fundamental Reading and Study Skills," published in 1986.
She and her husband were avid travelers who visited Africa, China, Europe and most of the United States.
Dr. Gold was the recipient of a Lillie Carroll Jackson Award for Women in Service to Baltimore; a League for Innovation Award for Writing Software; a National Conference Award for Teaching Excellence; and grants from the Maryland Humanities Council to give seminars on literary topics.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Harvey Gold; two sons, Brett Gold of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Richard Gold of Cambridge, Mass.; her mother, Hilda Fox, of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.
She was the sister of the late Lee Ehudin and the daughter of the late Michael Fox.
Services for Dr. Gold were to be conducted at 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.
The family suggested contributions to the Baltimore City Community College/Beverly Gold Memorial Fund.