KENILWORTH—Dr. Mary Higginbotham Beaven, of Teaneck, New Jersey (and formerly of Kenilworth), passed away at the age of 78 on July 18, 2015.
Mary taught English at New Trier High School, Waters High School and Carleton Washburn, all in Illinois.
Following her masters and doctorate from Northwestern University, she taught at Northwestern University, Indiana University, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mary’s career concluded as the Master of Business Administration program director at Fairleigh University. She was regularly published, and received much recognition for her pioneering works.
Mary was also a fighter on behalf of all who faced injustice, who loved the opera and ballet, as well as spending time with family and friends. She had a wonderful smile that would light up a room.
Survivors include her sons, Mark Beaven of Los Angeles and Carey Beaven of Roswell, Georgia, and daughter-in-law and grandson, Suzanne Beaven and Chase Beaven of Roswell, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles F. and Sophia Marie (Flentye) Higginbotham, and her brother, James M. Higginbotham.
A funeral service was held on July 23 at Kenilworth Union Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Jewish Home at Home, 10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, New Jersey, 07647.