The obituary of Reva Beck Bosone, 88, a former Utah congresswoman, which appeared in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post, incorectly spelled her name and that of a surviving daughter, Dr. Zilpha T. Bosone of Vienna.
Reva Beck Boscone, 88, a former member of the House of Representatives who was the first woman elected to Congress from Utah, and who later retired as a judicial officer of the old Post Office Department, died of congestive heart failure July 21 at her home in Vienna.
A Democrat, she served two terms in the House before being defeated for re-election in 1952. During her four years in Congress, she had served on the House Interior and House Administration committees where she worked on the Colorado River project, as well as other questions dealing with Indians and conservation. She also was a member of a special congressional committee on the problem of pornography.
After practicing law in Utah for four years, she returned to Washington. From 1957 to 1960, she was legal counsel to the House Education and Labor's subcommittee on safety and compensation. She worked for the Post Office Department, where she became chairman of the contract board of appeals, from 1961 until retiring in 1968.
Mrs. Boscone was born in American Fork, Utah, and was a 1919 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. After teaching English and speech in high schools in Utah, and teaching English at the University of Utah, she enrolled in the University of Utah law school and graduated in 1930.
She then engaged in the private practice of law. She then won two terms in the Utah state House of Representatives, and became its floor leader, the first woman to do so. She became known for battling for child labor and unemployment insurance laws. Mrs. Boscone was the author of a wage-and-hour law for women and children.
From 1936 until taking her seat in Congress in 1949, she was a judge in the civil and criminal divisions of the Salt Lake City Municipal Court. During this time she gained a reputation as an enemy of drunken drivers, imposing a stiff fine for second offenders and a jail term for persons convicted of the offense a third time.
She was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1952 and 1956, and an official observer at the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. In the mid-1940s, she also had served as first director of the Utah State Board for Education on Alcoholism.
Mrs. Boscone was a member of the Society of Descendants of the Mayflower and an honorary member of the Order of the Coif.
Her marriage to Joe Boscone ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Zilpha T. Boscone of Vienna; a brother, Clarence M. Beck of Salt Lake City, and two grandchildren.