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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Diane Bezan, 59, much-loved teacher

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At The Winsor School in Boston, where she was a beloved member of the faculty for nearly 30 years, Diane (Jaffa) Bezan taught generations of young women much more than math and algebra.

"Mrs. Bezan was an amazing woman," said Mary Gallagher of Boston, a 1994 Winsor graduate, who works in currency trading. "She gave her students an enormous sense of empowerment, validation, and guidance. She shared her love of math, but I think the most important thing she offered was her love. She transformed young girls into young women and inspired them to go out into the world and, to some degree, emulate her. She taught us how to learn and how to love."

"In recent years, we saw her courage and grace while she was battling cancer," Gallagher said. "Aside from my mother, she was one of the largest female influences in my life."

Mrs. Bezan, who was also an administrator for 15 years of her almost three decades at Winsor, died Monday of a brain tumor at Waban Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 59 and lived in Newton.

Read more of this obituary in today's Boston Globe.

-- Gloria Negri

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