Beverly Lutz Price, 79, an advocate for the handicapped who was instrumental in providing independent living facilities for people with severe physical disabilities, died of cancer Aug. 27 at home in Washington.
Mrs. Price, whose son Christopher was severely handicapped with cerebral palsy, helped organize a nonprofit corporation, Independent Living for the Handicapped, Inc., in 1974, and she served as president and treasurer of its board of directors.
The corporation provides residential services to people whose mobility is impaired. Its facilities are in Takoma Park and the District of Columbia, including a 20-unit apartment house in Columbia Heights that has no wheelchair barriers. The apartment house was built with D.C. and federal loans and opened in 1984. Its name was changed to "Christopher Price House" after his death in 1991.
Mrs. Price was born in Manchester, N.H. At the age of 12 she moved to Frankfurt, Germany, where she attended a secondary school for girls and became fluent in German. When World War II began with Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939, the family returned to the United States.
In 1943 she married William N. Price, a Navy officer who retired as a captain. During the war he was assigned to sea duty in the Pacific, and Mrs. Price lived in San Francisco. She later accompanied her husband to Navy shipyards in Bremerton, Wash.; Charleston, S.C.; Quincy, Mass.; and Portsmouth, Va. In 1955 they settled in Washington.
Mrs. Price was an office secretary for All Souls Unitarian Church, a social worker with the D.C. Commissioners' Youth Council and later comptroller for Lencor Inc., an import specialty firm. In 1967 her son Christopher left a residential facility for handicapped people and came to live at home. Mrs. Price quit her job to care for him, and she began working to organize an advocacy group for the handicapped.
For her work on behalf of disabled people, she received Washingtonian magazine's Washingtonian of the Year Award in 1979 and Hadassah's Myrtle Wreath Award in 1986. She was a former president of the Memorial Society of Metropolitan Washington.
After the death of Christopher, Mrs. Price completed a memoir of her years as a child in pre-war Germany under Hitler, which she was trying to have published. During her husband's years of active Navy service, she had participated in local music and theatrical groups.
In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include a son, Gregory N. Price of San Jose, and two grandchildren.