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Betty Singer, 87, of Brookline; social worker led child protection team at Children’s Hospital

Betty Singer held a variety of positions in  four decades at Children’s Hospital.
Betty Singer held a variety of positions in four decades at Children’s Hospital.Credit:

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As an advocate and social worker, Betty Singer spent years leading the child protection team at Children’s Hospital Boston.

From contributing expertise and observations to the landmark 1970 report “The Way We Go to School: The Exclusion of Children in Boston” through her work at helping create an AIDS center for young patients at Boston City Hospital, Mrs. Singer for decades held numerous roles helping to protect the area’s neediest and most neglected children.

Her work, said Dr. Eli Newberger, former medical director of the child protection program at Children’s Hospital, “without question, saved hundreds of children’s lives. I don’t exaggerate.”

Mrs. Singer, who also volunteered at Carroll Center for the Blind, translating text into Braille, died Thursday in her Brookline home. She was 87.

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