On Feb. 11, Pauline Bates died in her sleep, at her home in Baltimore, and in the company of her daughter. She was born on May 7, 1919 to parents Isadore and Regina Greenberg. She met and married Milton Bates in 1942. Together, they raised two children, Joseph and Lida. She was a strong supporter of human rights, animal rights, environmental conservation and democratic values. She voted in every single national and local election from FDR through 2020 — a fact she shared proudly. She also regularly donated to a variety of humanitarian and conservation nonprofits. She had a voracious love of learning and was often the smartest person in the room, although she was also the quietest. Her greatest joy was spending meaningful time with her family. Her remaining family includes children Joseph (Kristin) and Lida; grandchildren Chloe, Sasha and Isaac; grand-horse Stella; and nieces and nephews.

Contributions may be sent to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, one of her favorite nonprofits.

Never miss a story.
Sign up for our newsletter.
Email Address


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here