Both the Berkows are DC natives. Larry graduated from Georgetown Law School, and after military service, served in legal positions with the FCC, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and the Washington office of a Wall Street law firm. He served the community on several boards. Bettymerle graduated from the University of Maryland, and served as a high school teacher before directing a program to help humanities teachers recharge their intellectual batteries. She volunteered in the First Lady’s Office. The Berkows have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. They both enjoy book groups.
Sandy CrausmanApt. 601
Sandy Crausman grew up in Spring Valley, NY. She attended Cornell and then graduated from Queens College with a degree in Elementary Education. Later she went back to school for Masters in Learning Disabilities. She was a disability specialist at Sherwood Elementary in Olney, and later coordinated programs for profundly disabled students. She lived in Derwood from 1968. She enjoys traveling, music, the theater, museums and socializing. She and Joel have children and grandchildren nearby.
Joel CrausmanApt. 601
Joel Crausman grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Long Island University, and his PhD in Psychology from the University of Miami. He worked in the Montgomery County Public Schools until 2003, after which he taught Psychology at Montgomery College until 2014. He lived in Derwood from 1968. He enjoys traveling, music, the theater, museums and socializing. He and Sandy have children and grandchildren nearby.
Enid PortnoyApt. 640
Enid Portnoy was born in New York City and grew up in Florida. She graduated from Northwestern University. She acted and directed plays, earning her a scholarship for a Masters in Theater and Oral Interpretation of LIterature and then a PhD in Communications. She taught Communication Studies for 43 years at West Virginia University. She still teaches workshops and Oasis lifelong learning classes. She enjoys concerts, and spending time with her 2 sons and their families.