Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 29, 2017
MARILYN C. FINE
Marilyn C. Fine was born on September 4, 1928 in Charleston, SC and passed away
peacefully after a long illness on January 19, 2017 in
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Arnold; parents Dave and
Janet Cohn; and sister-in-law Elaine
She is survived by her devoted daughters Barbara Klein (Neal) and Joanne Hays (Edward);
adoring grandchildren Daniel (Valerie), David (Dawn) and Alison Klein (Jon Garshick),
Bradley Hays; and brother-in-law Sam Menszer.
Marilyn graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (46) in Washington DC, where she
lived from the age of seven until retiring to Wilmington, NC in 1997. She graduated in three
years from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BS degree in Economics, and
married Arnold on June 25, 1950.
Marilyn was active in Washington schools and community affairs, serving on the DC Board
of Appeals for many years. She was an involved member of Washington Hebrew
Congregation for over six decades.
She worked as an executive to the Under Secretary of HUD from 1967-1987, receiving a
Certificate of Merit for her extraordinarily successful efforts in shaping the Community
Development Act of 1974. Marilyn and Arnold loved music, theater and world travel. They
especially enjoyed annual trips throughout Europe with a group of Washington friends, winter
vacations in Acapulco, and riverboat cruises with Wilmington friends in later years.
An only child, Marilyn was especially devoted to her aunt Hanna Pearlstine as well as many
uncles and cousins. She was always there for her family, and was an exceptionally doting,
hands-on grandma. She never missed a family milestone or event, no matter how far away,
until she became too ill to travel. We are very grateful to the attentive staff at Champions
Assisted Living, especially the warm, devoted caregivers in the Memory Care Unit and the
compassionate team at the Davis Health Center's Lightkeepers House where she spent her
A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made to the Banner Alzheimer's Foundation; 2901 N. Central Ave., Suite
160, Phoenix, AZ 85012, in memory of Marilyn Fine.