Longtime Stuyvesant Town resident dies at 97

Beatrice Nava

Beatrice Nava, a long-time Stuyvesant Town resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 29, at age 97 in her apartment. She is lovingly remembered and already missed by those and her grandchildren, extended family, neighbors, friends and even her doctors.

Born in Philadelphia, she lived in that area and taught for many years before relocating to Mexico for several years with an extended stay in Nicaragua, before returning to the US and settling in New York City in 1984.

She got her B.A. and M.A. from Bryn Mawr (in 1943 and 1964, respectively). She prided herself on her social awareness and activism, and was even arrested in Washington Square Park for protesting police brutality. On another occasion, she was protesting the Vietnam War in Washington, DC, and happened to run into her son, Ed.

She was an avid reader, never missing a day of the New York Times and other important publications like the New Yorker. She contributed her story to the book, Written Out of History: Memoirs of Ordinary Activists. She enjoyed the company of a wide range of friends, both in person and via computer, as she mastered the digital age of email.

She is survived by her four children (Ed, Joan, Jim, and Maggie) and her cat (Esperanza).

2 thoughts on “Longtime Stuyvesant Town resident dies at 97

  1. Thank you for the obit on my neighbor Beatrice Nava. While I knew her only casually whenever we met in the lobby or hallway, she was a lovely person and I am happy that I had a chance to know her at all. I will miss her presence in the building. God bless her.

    Fran Alongi

  2. I cannot believe that no one has left a comment for this long-time resident. I did not know her, but I love to imagine the changes she experienced: the demise of the Third Avenue El, Connolly’s Bar & Grill, Wertheimer’s, Plymouth Shops, the Gramercy Theater when it was actually a movie theater, and us “kids” from P.S. 40. And so much more. A life experienced in memories. I hope you have gone to rest with your favorite ones.

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