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Nancy M. Wohl, play therapist Oct. 11, 1952 -- April 27, 2007

Nancy M. Wohl, 54, a school social worker and authority in the field of play therapy for children, died Friday in her Clarence home, under hospice care.

Born Nancy Green in New York City, she attended high school in Stamford, Conn.

Her father, who died last year, was Gerald Green, the noted author and NBC News producer who wrote the Emmy Award-winning screenplay for the TV miniseries, "The Holocaust."

She earned an undergraduate degree at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and earned her master's degree in social work from the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Wohl worked in the North Tonawanda School District for the past 18 years.

She was an expert in play therapy, a technique through which traumatized young children can use toys to act out what they've seen or experienced and begin a healing process.

Mrs. Wohl co-authored a chapter in a 2001 academic book on play therapy, and she also was an adjunct assistant professor at UB.

She enjoyed traveling and had lived in Europe for several years.

In addition to her husband of 33 years, Michael, survivors include a daughter, Lillian; a son, Aaron; and two brothers, Theodore and David Green.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Mesnekoff Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Road, East Amherst.


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