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Betty Cottin Miller, 88, Former Peekskill Resident

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Betty Ruth Cottin Miller, a former resident of Peekskill and Mamaroneck, died on Aug.  2 in Brighton, Mass. She was 88.

Ms. Miller was the wife of Dr. Bernard S. Miller, the former principal at Peekskill High School. She was also an educator, working as a longtime English teacher at Mamaroneck High School. She started a program for students with learning disabilities and helped set up an open-curriculum “school-within-the-school.” She graduated from Queens College in 1946.

Miller was an official in the Mamaroneck teachers’ union, and also served in leadership capacities at Round Robin Nursey School, Neighborhood Association and Hadassah in Larchmont, N.Y., the residents' council at the Cabot Park Senior Living Community in Newton and several other organizations.

For six years she helped her husband run summer programs in the humanities. She worked as a librarian during Dr. Miller’s three years as headmaster of the International School in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In retirement, Ms. Miller became an editor of the Star, an alternative newspaper in Winchester, N.H., and later served as the office librarian for Ms. Magazine in New York.

She is survived by Steven of Cambridge, Mass.; Donald of Essex, Vt.; and Cyral of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her husband and son, Jeffrey.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to AIDS Action Committee, www.aac.org or to National Parkinson Foundation, www.parkinson.org. Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com

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