Beatrice Ruth Conrad


Conrad, Beatrice Ruth  (nee’ Freedman), 88, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2016, at her home in Wakefield, Rhode Island, surrounded by her family.  Born in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Allan and Gertrude Freedman, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Herbert Conrad, to whom she had been married over 55 years. Beatrice is survived by her twin children, Allan Conrad of Manalapan, New Jersey and Susan Woodford Nelson, of Peacedale, Rhode Island.  She was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren, Daniel, Rosie, Marilyn, Justin, Meredith, Gabrielle, Matthew and Jeffrey, and three great grandchildren, Eve, Hero and Luca. Beatrice previously resided in Berkeley Heights, NJ where, for many years, Beatrice and Herbert were congregants at Temple Sinai, Summit, NJ.  Beatrice, a graduate of Hunter College, was a multi-talented, passionate woman who later earned her Master’s degrees in English Literature and School Social Work. After meeting Herbert at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, where Herbert was employed in research for the war effort, Herbert and Beatrice married and moved to NJ where they raised their children. Beatrice was an accomplished English teacher at Summit High School, and later a school social worker, while Herbert’s career as an analytical chemist advanced through National Starch Chemical Company to Johnson & Johnson, where he eventually retired as a distinguished and highly regarded scientist. Beatrice was a talented short story author and poet, who was published on a number of occasions, including American Scene: New Voices, “The Night of the Falling Star”, and The Lyric. Her work was also recognized in The Quotable Woman, a widely published compendium of distinguished authors and poets.  Beatrice was also an accomplished soprano vocalist, having performed lead roles (sometimes with her husband) in numerous little theatre productions including Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Funny Girl and The Most Happy Fella.  Beatrice continued to pursue her creative talents to the present, leading the Poetry Group at Brightview Commons in Wakefield, Rhode Island.  A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 28 at 2 p.m. at Congregation Beth David, 102 Kingstown Road, Narragansett, RI, 02882.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made Doctors without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001-5004.  Shiva will be private.


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