Gail Roth Master
Merchantville – Passed away peacefully February 3 from ovarian cancer at Penn Hospice in Rittenhouse, Philadelphia. A longtime resident of Merchantville, NJ, Gail was born on January 24, 1947, in Rockville Center, New York, to Dr. Lee and Lenora (Fleischer) Roth. She is survived by her husband, Rev. JW Gregg Meister of Merchantville and a daughter, Miriam LR Meister, PhD, of Seattle, Washington. She is also survived by one brother, Merrill (Ellen) Roth of Athens, NY; a sister, Susan Nurin, of New York; nieces and nephews Tamara and Justin (Melissa) Nurin, Stephen and Nina Roth. and numerous cousins and relatives by marriage.
Gail is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and earned an M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Education was central to her life, and after briefly teaching adult middle and high school students, she spent more than 30 years helping educators and schools improve their practice through research, policy development and programs, writing and editing. She had worked for area consulting firms, including Foundations Inc, in Moorestown, NJ, and the Institute for Research and Reform in Education and Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia, as well as an independent consultant.
Gail was deeply committed to her Jewish faith and was active in her synagogue, Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. She had served as an administrator and more recently helped design and run a semester-based adult education program. She has participated in Jewish Text Study both in her local congregation and elsewhere via Zoom during the pandemic
Gail lived a focused life, determined never to put off until tomorrow what could be lived today. She, Gregg, and Miriam traveled whenever they could, and she loved planning their trips. Destinations included the Amazon, Southern Africa, Israel, and many locations across Europe and the United States.
She loved literature, theater, museums, historical sites and looked forward to the weekend’s Inquirer to-do list so she could plan for the week ahead. She regularly attended the Philadelphia Orchestra, even if she no longer played the violin which had made her accepted as a child at the Julliard School (which she refused to attend), and looked forward each year to welcoming family, friends and anyone with no place to go. go for Thanksgiving dinner. Gail has volunteered in Merchantville, most recently as the editor of the local newspaper Merchantville Observer. Gail loved long bike rides with her husband, especially along the Delaware and Raritan Canal through Lambertville. Following a bad fall from biking last year, she started walking three to four miles every day, starting at dawn.
Relatives and friends are invited on Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to Platt Memorial Chapels, 2001 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, where the funeral will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Masks must be worn at all times in the chapel. The service will also be broadcast live on www.plattmemorial.com Interment will take place later in the afternoon at Beth Moses Cemetery, West Babylon, NY. Contributions in Gail’s memory may be made to the Jewish organization or cause of your choice, and/or to Mount Holyoke College.
Posted on February 04, 2022
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