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Gail M. Bendit, clinical psychologist and former Roland Park resident, dies

During the late 1980s, Ms. Bendit organized the Brain Trust, an intellectual festival at Park School.

Gail M. Bendit, a retired clinical psychologist and former Roland Park resident, died May 25 of fallopian tube cancer at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich. She was 69.

The daughter of Daniel K. Volk, a tire company owner, and Hope Kane Manser, an administrative assistant, Gail Laura Manser was born and raised in Trenton, N.J.

Her family later moved to Ewing, N.J., where she graduated from Ewing High School.

She was a 1969 graduate of Goucher College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. She also pursued graduate studies at Loyola University Maryland.

Ms. Bendit practiced social work briefly after graduating from Goucher and, during the 1970s, worked at the Columbia Medical Plan in Columbia.

In addition to maintaining a private clinical social work practice, she later worked during the late 1980s and 1990s at Johns Hopkins Hospital on research projects that involved the mentally ill.

A former resident of Kenwood Road in Roland Park, Ms. Bendit served on the boards of Florence Crittenton and the House of Ruth. She was also a board member, patron and fan of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

During the late 1980s, she organized the Brain Trust, an intellectual festival at Park School, family members said.

She moved to Ann Arbor in 2009.

"She was a convert to Judaism and a member of Beth Am Synagogue, where she was involved in educational outreach," said a daughter, Rachel Bendit of Ann Arbor.

Ms. Bendit was an avid gardener and raised flowers — her favorites were pansies — as well as fruits and vegetables. She also enjoyed entertaining family and friends at dinner parties.

She loved reading and doing crossword puzzles, especially The New York Times' puzzle, her daughter said.

Funeral services were held May 27 at King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, Va.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by another daughter, Sarah Bendit of Detroit; and three grandchildren. Her marriage to Dr. Emile Bendit ended in divorce.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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