Gloria L. Gerecht, 87, a civic activist who retired in 1990 as vice president of CD Publications, a Silver Spring newsletter firm, died Feb. 11 at her home in Silver Spring.
She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her husband, Asher Gerecht.
Mrs. Gerecht served as vice president of CD Publications since the company was founded by her husband in 1961.
Gloria Beatrice Lantz was born in New York City and grew up in Dallas. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1946. She was an elementary school teacher in Chicago before moving to the Washington area in 1953.
Mrs. Gerecht was a past member of the board of the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and chaired several of the group’s environmental committees.
In 1973, she received an award from the Maryland Environmental Trust for environmental activism.
She co-founded the Gerecht Family Institute for Outreach at Hebrew Union College in New York City and the National Center to Encourage Judaism, a private organization based in Silver Spring. She was a member of Temple Shalom, a Reform congregation in Chevy Chase, and was a past president of docents at the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Asher Gerecht of Silver Spring; three children, Ellen Gerecht and Michael Gerecht, both of Kensington, and Daniel Gerecht of Ashton; a brother; and six grandchildren.