Author and teacher Bertha "Ben" Cummings Neustadt, a member of the State Commission on Employment of the Handicapped and wife of Littauer Professor of Public Administration Richard E. Nesutadt, died after a long illness at her Cambridge home May 5.
Neustadt taught foreign students to speak English at Columbia and Boston Universities, and wrote a popular textbook in the field, Speaking of the USA.
Born in Paterson, New Jersey on March 19, 1921, she received an A.B. from Vassar College in 1941 and an M.A. from New York University in 1944.
There will be a memorial service at Memorial Church on May 23 at 2:00 p.m. Tributes may be sent to Amnesty International, a charity Neustadt strongly supported.