Babette Ann (Kraus) Husick died of natural causes on July 5, 2014.  

She was 79.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mrs. Husick was a gifted scholar, attaining the rank of valedictorian of her class at James Madison High School, despite a serious illness while still in her teens. She graduated with honors from Brooklyn College, earning a bachelor’s degree in english and her teaching certificate.

Upon graduation, she married her long-time sweetheart, Charles B. Husick, a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and immediately joined him at his post in the rural Charante region of France, where the couple lived for a year, until his military discharge and return to the United States.

Throughout her husband’s career, she moved to more than ten cities, always quickly rising to positions of respect, prominence and leadership in community organizations. Her fluency in French made her an important and valuable representative in business and political circles, as she hosted industrialists and diplomats from France and its former colonies at her homes, at events, and as she traveled extensively.

Mrs. Husick was always active in religious and civic organizations, serving as an officer of several Reform Jewish organizations, as well as holding local, state and national offices in the League of Women Voters, serving on the Chester County Board of Health, and as a national board member of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee. She was named a “Woman of Valor” by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas County, Florida.

Mrs. Husick undertook the study of law when her two sons, Lawrence and Bradley, were 11 and 5 years old, gaining admission to Law Review in her first year. After two episodes of breast cancer, she discontinued her study to spend more time with Bradley, but later became a litigation paralegal in law firms in Kansas, Virginia, and Florida. Several trial attorneys with whom she worked commented that as a paralegal, she was a better lawyer than most of the members of the bar against whom her firms litigated.

A long-time sailor, she shared that activity with her family spending summers sailing in New England, Chesapeake Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1980, she and Lawrence sailed from Wisconsin to New York, crossing 3 of the Great Lakes and the Erie Canal.

Mrs. Husick’s younger sister, Carol Elizabeth (Kraus) Shapiro died in 1982.  Babette was divorced after 34 years of marriage, and thrived in her independence. In addition to her career, she was elected to the City Council of St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1996, she suffered a spontaneous hemorrhage of a spinal artery that left her paralyzed and in constant pain. Nevertheless, she lived completely independently, cared for her mother Ida and her beloved dachshund Ruffy, and continued to work in community organizations, teaching an annual course in issues in Constitutional law, fundraising, and being politically active.

Mrs. Husick is survived by her two sons, four grandchildren, two nephews, three great-nieces, and a great nephew. She expressed her gratitude to the staff of Holsticare Hospice, who cared for her with gentle compassion in her final illness. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her memory to the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center.

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Babette A. Husick