Valerie Lavender Berlin of Northampton died May 30. She was the wife of Steven Berlin. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of Esta and Leon Tritter. After attending Girl’s Latin School in Boston, she moved to Syracuse, New York to work at a law firm. She eventually moved to Northampton to attend Smith College as an Ada Comstock scholar. Her poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize and Best of the Nest Peregrine Prize. She was active in the Smith College Alumnae Association and the Northampton Historical Commission, where she worked on several high-profile projects including the Northampton 350th anniversary.
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