Beulah S. Bresler, 87, an administrator at the National Academy of Sciences who became a philanthropist, died of multiple organ failure April 3 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mrs. Bresler, a North Bethesda resident, worked for the organization in the 1980s.

Her husband of 38 years, Jack Bresler, died in 1991. She then helped form the Jack and Beulah Bresler Tzedakah Fund and served as president. Tzedakah is a Hebrew word often translated as charity or philanthropy. The fund has given to causes including hunger relief, the promotion of higher education and Alzheimer’s research.

Beulah Seide was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., to Polish immigrants. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1951.

She spent much of her early life as a homemaker in the Boston area and settled in the Washington area in the mid-1970s.

She did volunteer work, helping answer the mail of then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. For the Jewish Social Service Agency, she helped Russian immigrants learn English. At B’nai Israel Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Rockville where she was a member, Mrs. Bresler read stories to children.

Survivors include four children, Mark Bresler of Holland, Pa., Joel Bresler of Lexington, Mass., Kenneth Bresler of Newton, Mass., and Faye Bresler of North Bethesda; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein