On May 4, Lillian Shapiro (née Pearlman) of Columbia at 97. She was the daughter of immigrants, grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., in a family shaped by her father’s union organizing. She earned degrees in early childhood and special education from the Bank Street College of Education and an Ed.D. from Columbia University Teachers’ College. She married Henry D. Shapiro, a young and brilliant doctor. She blazed a path for working professional women in the 1940s, starting as a progressive preschool teacher in the West Village. Her focus later turned to the challenges of providing culturally appropriate preschool facilities in East Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, where she was instrumental in advocating for bilingual, parent-involved Headstart programs. Her last professional posting was as director of special education for Suffolk County, N.Y. She is survived by children Rabbi Dovid S. (Deborah) Shapiro and Judith A. Shapiro (Mitchell Lazarus) and grandchildren Gershon, Nachman, Rivkah, Yekutiel, Alexander, Tehila, Fayge Gittel, Sarah Soshie, Malkie Shapiro and Reuven and Sarah Lazarus. She was predeceased by husband Henry David Shapiro, M.D.; sister Ruth (Abe) Grumet; and parents William and Gussie Pearlman.

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