Sylvia Werksman Rothstein

2008
Sylvia W. Rothstein, 96, a retired elementary school librarian and D.C. public schools volunteer, died Sept. 20 at her home in
Chevy Chase after a stroke.
Mrs. Rothstein was the librarian at the old Colmar Manor Elementary School in Prince George's County from 1967 to 1977.
She also volunteered as a Spanish teacher in D.C. public schools and helped Spanish-speaking parents register their children
for elementary school. She was an early advocate and supporter of the English as a second language program.
Sylvia Werksman was born in New York City and moved to Washington when she was 7.
She graduated from the old  Central High School in 1928 and received a degree in library science and Romance languages
from George Washington University in 1932. She earned a teaching certificate in library science from the University of Maryland
in 1967. After graduating from college, she co-owned the Shoreham Hat Shop in the District's Shoreham Hotel with her mother.
She was a board member of the Temple Sinai Sisterhood in Washington and a library volunteer at the Friendship Heights
Community Center.
Her first husband, Lee Lann, died in 1942. Her second husband, Robert J. Rothstein Jr., to whom she was married for 51 years,
died in 1988.
Survivors include three children from her second marriage, Frances R. Rothstein of Silver Spring, Susan L. Rothstein of San
Francisco and Joseph B. Rothstein of Honolulu; a brother, Sidney L. Werkman of  Washington; and four grandchildren.
-- Lauren Wiseman