June 4, 1927 - November 3, 2019
Beverly Sevra Hurwitz (nee Supovitz), born June 4, 1927 in Lewiston, Maine, died peacefully in Philadelphia on November 3, 2019, at the age of 92. The daughter of Morris Supovitz and Edith Gold Supovitz (died 1939), and stepdaughter of Celia Abramson Supovitz, Beverly grew up with her younger brother Paul, among a large extended family, and spent her summers in Old Orchard Beach. After a short time attending Simmons College in Boston, she married and moved to the Philadelphia area where she raised her four children, Elliott, Janet, Julie and Jim. During that time, she became active in her children’s schools — becoming Vice President of the PTO at Wyncote Elementary School — and in their many extracurricular activities. While her children were young she began to volunteer at the Cheltenham Adult School, a passion that lasted over twenty years, eventually becoming Vice President/Curriculum Coordinator. The program ran hundreds of night school classes every semester and also coordinated a speaker’s forum that brought in nationally recognized journalists, writers, performers, and other celebrities to speak throughout the year. She was also civically active, serving as both a Political Committeewoman and an officer in the Beth Shalom synagogue in Elkins Park Pennsylvania.
After the two oldest had gone off to college, she returned to college herself to complete her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Arcadia (Beaver) College, She also later obtained her Real Estate License and an Art History Certification from the highly competitive Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Education was of utmost importance to her, and she instilled those values in all of her children.
After getting her college degree, she re-entered the working world, first as a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia Public Schools, then moving on to become Director of Adult Services at the YM&YWHA for several years. She went on to become the Assistant Manager for Public Relations at The Marketplace in Philadelphia, and then became the Assistant Director of Continuing Education and Community Services at the Community College of Philadelphia, from which she retired in 2002.
Beverly was very active in the arts, both as an aficionado and as a gifted artist and ceramicist. She continued producing beautiful ceramic pieces up through 2018, when she was 90.
In the mid-1960’s she founded and was the President of the Friends of Fine Arts, which sponsored monthly concerts in private homes to assist young musicians in furthering their careers.
After retiring Beverly traveled extensively, including trips to Italy, Paris, London, Prague, Thailand, Spain, Jamaica, and South America. She also travelled to visit her grandchildren who lived in Boston, Detroit and San Francisco. Beverly continued spending her summers at her family cottage in Old Orchard Beach until her 90th year, when she could no longer navigate the steps.
She is survived by her four children – Elliott Hurwitz, Janet Hurwitz, Julie Hurwitz and Jim Hurwitz; by eight grandchildren – Zack, Ben, Alex, Emily, Jacob, Nick, Daniel and Rebecca; and four great grandchildren – Noah, Carter, Thomas, and Hannah.