On Nov. 28, Mrs. Beatrice S. Kolchin at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air at 87. She was born on Aug. 31, 1933, in Bodenbach, Czechoslovakia, and came to the United States with her parents when she was 5 years old. She grew up in Flemington, N.J. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend Syracuse University. During her junior year, she married her high school sweetheart Richard Kolchin in 1955. She graduated from Syracuse with a degree in nursing. While she and Richie started their family in N.J., she worked as a public health and private duty nurse. After the family moved to Maryland, she worked as a supervisor for the Harford County Health Department and nurse coordinator at the Perry Point Veterans Administration Hospital. She also earned a graduate degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. Both she and Richie were longstanding members of Temple Adas Shalom and supporters of The Arc of Northern Chesapeake Region-Harford County, assisting individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. She was predeceased by husband Richard I. Kolchin and parents Oscar and Malwine Schneck. She is survived by sister Esther Kaufman of Bridgewater, N.J.; daughter Cynthia L. Kolchin of Abingdon; son Frederick B. Kolchin (Linda) of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
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