Betsy Stovroff Corrin, 54, an active community volunteer who served on the boards of several human-service agencies, died unexpectedly Wednesday (Dec. 31, 1997) in her Buffalo home.
A Buffalo native, Mrs. Corrin graduated from School 56 in 1956 and from the Buffalo Seminary in 1960. After attending Wheelock College, she graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in education.
She later taught at Westminster Nursery School and in the primary grades in the Buffalo and Williamsville schools.
Mrs. Corrin, at the time of her death, served on the boards of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, the United Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services. In her role with Jewish Family Services, she worked with Russian immigrants, teaching them English, getting them acclimated to the U.S. and helping them find jobs.
She previously volunteered with the Junior Group of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Josephine Goodyear Committee at Children's Hospital, the Hospital Aid Association at Children's and the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund.
Mrs. Corrin also did volunteer work with the Blind Association of Western New York, the United Jewish Fund and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. She recently had made plans to serve as a mentor at the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy.
During most of her adult life, Mrs. Corrin worked hard to overcome many medical problems, facing them with both courage and a sense of humor.
"She battled those problems and really made a life for herself," said her father, Haskell I. Stovroff. "She made a lot of contributions to the community, and she worked hard to help other people."
Family and friends always marveled at her encyclopedic knowledge of their birthdays, anniversaries, children's and grandchildren's names and the intricacies of their family connections. "Ask Betsy -- she'll know" became a popular refrain for anyone seeking information.
She was an avid reader and a stickler for grammar, known for correcting even the most learned and prominent friends when they made grammatical errors. Mrs. Corrin also enjoyed her summers at her family's home in Thunder Bay, Ont., and maintained friendships with her childhood friends from Camp Walden in Maine.
Besides her father, she is survived by her daughter, Lisa A. of Cambridge, Mass.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Temple Beth Zion. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.