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Anchorage resident Beatrice K. Rose, 78, died June 12, 2007, at home.
A graveside burial will be held at 1 p.m. today at the downtown cemetary in the Reform Jewish section (southeast corner). A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Sholom, 7525 E. Northern Lights Boulevard.
Ms. Rose was born July 25, 1928, in Chicago, to Samuel and Celia Koenick. Bea graduated from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in education, speech therapy, and earned a master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
In 1957, Bea and Nissel A. "Mike" Rose, her first husband, came to Alaska with the encouragement of Alaska's territorial congressman Bob Bartlett. Although she expected to live in Alaska for only two years, Bea stayed here for the rest of her life. In 1964, Bea was hired by Nick Begich as the first full-time speech therapist for the Anchorage School District. She retired in 1987 but continued to substitute teach until 1992.
Bea was an active community volunteer in Anchorage. She helped found Congregation Beth Sholom and volunteered many hours on the board, in committees and in the religious school. Other organizations to which Bea devoted her time included the Alaska Democratic Party, ARCA (now ARC of Anchorage), NEA-Alaska, Alaska Women's Political Caucus, AIPAC, Alaska Press Women, Alaska Women Speak and more.
Bea was especially concerned about treatment for individuals with mental illness because of her son, Nathaniel Rose. She served on the board of the Alaska Mental Health Association, worked to destigmatize mental illness and advocated passage of the Alaska Mental Health Trust lands settlement.
Bea lived life to the fullest. She always took a sincere interest in others and reached out to the less fortunate. She embodied the spirit of "tikkun olam," the Jewish belief in repairing the world. After retiring, Bea loved spending time with her grandchildren and traveling around the world with the love of her life, Phil Keith. She also pursued her passion of writing.
She is survived by her loving partner, Phil Keith; her son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Laura Rose; daughter and son-in-law, Beth Rose and John Levy; grandchildren, Adam and Shira Rose-Levy and Celia Rose, all of Anchorage; and her sisters, Marilyn Yalom of Palo Alto, Calif., and Lucille Joseph of Guadalupita, N.M. She is also survived by her extended family, David, Susan and Emma Levy.
Bea was preceded in death by her son, Nathaniel Ari Rose.
Donations may be sent to Congregation Beth Sholom, 7525 E. Northern Lights Boulevard, Anchorage 99504, or Hospice of Anchorage, 500 W. International Airport Road, Suite C, Anchorage 99518.
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