Roxie Marie Berlin

Posted On May 19th, 2013 -

Was born on September 5, 1919 in Santa Monica, California. At the age of three, she learned to swim in the Pacific Ocean. As a child she worked as a movie extra with her brother George. She began studying the cello in grade school, and music became a life-long passion. Roxie studied botany, then earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles, and later a master’s degree in social work and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Washington. She played string quartets on a weekly basis in San Francisco, and continued her musical soirees in Seattle and Honolulu. She was a spirited advocate for parent involvement programs in the public schools to help low achieving children increase academic success. Roxie married Irving Norman Berlin on September 4, 1942, and remained with him for thirty-three years. Living in Hawaii since 1977, Roxie was an avid swimmer and kayaker, and loved hiking in Haleakala Crater. She played ‘cello in the Maui Symphony and often played chamber music house concerts. Passionate about politics and ardently outspoken, Roxie served on the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights Neighborhood Board (#5), and the boards of the Morning Music Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Lyon Arboretum. Roxie loved to cook and host dinner parties for her many friends. On April 22, 2013, Roxie died quietly in her sleep, at home, of lymphoma. She is survived by her physician son Gregory, who cared for her loyally in her last eight years, her daughter Susanne, a psychotherapist in Seattle, and her son Walter in West Hollywood. Donations in her memory may be made to Planned Parenthood of Hawaii or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For information about her memorial, email

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