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Harry Beilin (1922– 2007)

BEILIN--Harry, 85, of New York City, died peacefully after a long illness on January 11, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Iris Fodor, his sons Lewis Beilin and Ian Beilin (Anna Fishzon), his grandson Felix Beilin, and stepchildren Anthony Fodor and Jody Sperling. He was
formerly married to Lois Beilin, of Scarsdale, New York. Dr. Beilin retired in 1996 as Professor in the Developmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York after a nearly 40-year career in service to that university. He taught, did research, and wrote extensively in the field of developmental child psychology, especially the areas of language learning, cognitive development, and the acquisition of mathematical understanding.

Dr. Beilin was instrumental in introducing the ideas of Jean Piaget to the United States and helped establish the Jean Piaget Society, from which he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was also a photographer and developed a special interest in the psychology of photography. A graduate of Brooklyn College and Columbia University, Dr. Beilin helped found the Educational Psychology and Developmental Psychology Programs at the Graduate Center, and was a member and leader of several professional organizations, including the Society for Research in Child Development. A veteran of the United States Navy, he served in the Pacific during the Second World War.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 14, at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue (91st Street) in New York City, telephone: (212) 769-4400.