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Beth A. Paulson, a lawyer and independent fundraiser, dies at 67

Beth A. Paulson
lawyer, fundraiser

Beth A. Paulson, a lawyer, independent fundraiser and specialist in government relations and economic development, died June 25 at the Washington Home and Community Hospices in the District. She was 67.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her domestic partner, O. “Mac” McCauley.

Ms. Paulson, a District resident, also was a community activist in Southwest Washington.

Since 1995, she had been in business for herself, counseling community-based organizations and private corporations on issues involving economic development, crime prevention and drug abuse. Her specialties included obtaining corporate, foundation and government grants.

Earlier, she was director of the community programs and training division of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, general counsel of the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation in Washington and a lawyer with the firm of Vaughn & Paulson.

Beth Alden Paulson was born in Rochester, N.Y. She graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she also received a master’s degree in political science. In 1975, she received a master’s degree in social work at the University of Louisville.

She was a social worker and a grants-development specialist in Louisville before moving to Washington to attend Georgetown University law school, from which she graduated in 1986.

Survivors include her partner, O. “Mac” McCauley of Washington.

— Bart Barnes

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