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Obituary - LUCY ESTRIN


Lucy Estrin, age 90, of Maitland, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Florida Hospital – Orlando. A native New Yorker, she was born in Brooklyn on May 24, 1923, to the late Samuel and Eva Pizer Bookshin. She was a Miami-based psychotherapist with a large following of politicians, cultural icons and families struggling with everyday issues. Widowed at 35 years old with two sons, she returned to college at the University of Tennessee, earning a master’s degree in social work. She worked to promote progressive social issues while completing her thesis on Middle Tennessee’s Holocaust survivors and paying off debt incurred while she and her late husband ran their retail business.

Relocating to Miami in 1965, Mrs. Estrin flourished, taking positions with the Children’s Home Society, Children’s Psychiatric Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Barry University and eventually supervising psychiatric residents at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She became the first Florida-based teacher of Parent Effectiveness Training. With her sense of humor and ability to connect with people from all walks of life, Mrs. Estrin lectured to classes as diverse as the Miami Police Department and U.S. Air Force.

Prior to her eventual move to Central Florida in 2004, she lived in Coral Gables and Surfside. Mrs. Estrin was predeceased by her mother and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Mark (Karen) of Maitland, and Eric (Linda) of Calif.; five grandchildren; and a niece and her family.

Funeral services were held at the Ohev Shalom Cemetery with Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiating. The family requests contributions in memory of Lucy Estrin to Congregation Beth Am. Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando.


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