Gigi Lazarus

Gigi Lazarus, a volunteer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Georgetown Day School, died Nov. 22 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 84.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, said her son, Edward Lazarus.

Mrs. Lazarus, a Washington resident, initiated and led a reading program for kindergarten children at Georgetown Day School in the mid-1960s.

She then volunteered at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, first in the education department and later in the photography division, until 1989.

Gertrude Chiger, who went by Gigi, was born in Brooklyn to Russian immigrants. After a brief acting career in New York, she moved to Washington in 1956.

She was a docent at the National Gallery of Art and a member of Actors’ Equity Association, which in 2010 she recognized her for her support.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Arthur Lazarus Jr. of Washington; three children, Andrew Lazarus of Berkeley, Calif, Edward Lazarus of Washington and Diana Lazarus of Bethesda; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough