Lillian B. Frankel, social worker and poet

January 7, 2013

Lillian B. Frankel, 97, a Montgomery County psychiatric social worker and poet, died Dec. 26 at the Arden Courts assisted-living facility in Silver Spring. She was a longtime Silver Spring resident and moved to Arden Courts in 2006.

She had dementia, said her son Stephen Frankel.

Mrs. Frankel was a social worker in Montgomery County from 1969 until her retirement in 1987.

She later taught children’s writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and wrote poems that appeared in such publications as the Maryland Poetry Review, Poet Lore and The Washington Post. In the early 1990s, she won a Maryland State Arts Council grant to write poems about the Great Depression.

Lillian Berson was a Chicago native and a 1936 graduate of the University of Chicago. She graduated from the old Chicago Teachers College in 1939 and received a master’s degree in social work from Catholic University in 1965.

In the 1940s, she wrote radio and documentary scripts for the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture. She later co-wrote 17 “how-to” books geared toward children with her late husband, photographer and social worker Godfrey Frankel.

Her husband died 1995 after 48 years of marriage. Survivors include two sons, Stephen Frankel of Brattleboro, Vt., and Daniel Frankel of Los Angeles.

— Megan McDonough

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