The Women's Refugee Commission is mourning the death of chair emerita Dr. Beverlee Bruce.
Beverlee joined the board of the Women's Refugee Commission in 1991 and was chair from 1995 to 1999. She participated in many organizational delegations to assess the needs of refugee and displaced women and children and led the Women's Commission delegation to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Beverlee was a social anthropologist, development specialist and educator. She had served as the Program Director at the Social Science Research Council and earlier, as U.S. Peace Corps Director and as Chief Technical Advisor for the United Nations Self-Help Village Development Project in Liberia.
Beverlee taught at the City University of New York, Temple, Harvard, Northeastern and Howard Universities, as well as at the Universities of Massachusetts/Boston, California/Los Angeles, the University of Liberia/Monrovia and at Marymount Manhattan and Wellesley Colleges. At the time of her death, Beverlee was on leave from her position as adjunct professor at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She received her BA in English from California State University-Los Angeles and an AA in Drama from Los Angeles City College.
Beverlee had also served on the Boards of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court, the Friends of Liberia, the Global Policy Forum, the International Rescue Committee, the Refugee Women's Network, Solar Cookers International, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and the Women's Foreign Policy Group.
We will miss the boundless energy and generosity of spirit Beverlee brought to everything she did, including her tireless work on behalf of refugee women and children around the world.
Beverlee's obituary in the New York Times can be seen here.