• Louise Berry, veteran Brooklyn superintendent, QVCC booster dies
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    Louise Berry, veteran Brooklyn superintendent, QVCC booster dies

    Louise Berry, the long-serving Brooklyn faculty superintendent who helped lead the trouble to determine a group faculty in Danielson, died this month on the age of 94.

    Berry, a Danielson resident who started her schooling profession as a college nurse on the Killingly Memorial Faculty in 1952 earlier than taking her abilities to the Brooklyn faculty system – the place she labored for the subsequent 58 years – is credited with creating the primary rural Head Begin program within the nation and beginning one of many first early preschool-for-all packages earlier than the idea was nationally embraced.

    Berry, who died on July 5, had an extended and diversified profession path that included a time period because the state senator for the twenty ninth District from 1973-75 and a candidate for Secretary of State. Throughout her time within the state Senate, Berry was one in every of solely three lady girls serving in that 36-member physique.

    Louise Berry talks to guest during her retirement celebration at Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn in 2016. [Aaron Flaum/ NorwichBulletin.com]

    Like many northeastern Connecticut residents, State Sen. Mae Flexer, the Democrat representing the 29th District since 2015, received to know Berry via her work within the Brooklyn district. She stated whereas there are solely nonetheless a small quantity – 9 – feminine state senators presently serving, Berry entrance into the state’s political stage created lasting ripples.

    “I think about it was a lot tougher again them, however Louise’s instance made it simpler for folks like me to run and be elected,” Flexer stated. “The remainder of us adopted her.”