Mildred Simms was born in South Carolina and lived much of her childhood in North Carolina. She graduated as a Science major from Bennett College. Her work included analyzing Pap smears and being a research biologist. She and her husband lived in Indian Wells, California, for 47 years. Mildred moved to IKF to be near her two grown daughters. She enjoys meeting people, loves reading, is a former tennis player and ice skater, and listens to classical music.
Larry & Betty BerkowApt. 342
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.