Nancy C. Roth, 93, of the Avila Community in Albany died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Born in Albany, Nancy attended Public School # 19 in Albany, Hackett Jr. High School and Albany High School. She was a 1947 graduate of Cornell University and a 1949 graduate of the Albany Law School, where she was the only woman in her graduating class. She practiced law with her father and brother in Albany, and then in New York City. She returned to Albany to marry Rabbi Alvin S. Roth in 1958, and later served as an attorney in the Counsel’s Office of the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. In 1986 Nancy was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In 2007 she was honored with the Third Age Achievement Award by the Senior Services of Albany Foundation. In 2017 she attended her 70th class reunion at Cornell. She was a member of Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany.
Nancy was the loving and devoted wife of Rabbi Alvin S. Roth until his death in 1996. She was the daughter of Samuel and Katherine Selverstone Caplan of Albany and East Schodack, and the sister of Jay S. Caplan. She was the beloved mother of Dr. Samuel C. Roth (Dr. Deborah Offner) of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Emily Roth of Chicago, Illinois and Katherine R. Boyar (Gabriel) of NYC, and cherished grandmother of Allison and Susannah Boyar and Julia Roth. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Robert Roth, of Palo Alto, California.
Services at the Beth Emeth Cemetery, Turner Lane, Loudonville, NY on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 2pm. All are welcome. Those wishing to remember Nancy in a special way may make a memorial contribution to Planned Parenthood, 855 Central Avenue Albany, NY12206, the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th floor, New York, New York 10004 or a charity of your choice. Following the service of interment at the cemetery, friends are invited to the Avila Community, 100 White Pine Drive in Albany where there will be a reception.
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