Serota, Beatrice (1919–2002)

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Serota, Beatrice (1919–2002)

English politician and baroness. Name variations: Baroness Serota. Born Beatrice Katz, Oct 15, 1919, in London, England; died Oct 21, 2002; dau. of a clothing wholesaler; attended London School of Economics; m. Stanley Serota (civil engineer), 1942; children: Judith Serota and Sir Nicholas Serota (director of the Tate Gallery).

As a member of the Longford committee on crime (1964), the advisory council on the penal system (1966–68, 1974–79) and the Lately committee on the age of majority (1965–67), played a major role in the development of policies to deal with the welfare of children and the treatment of offenders; promoted to the House of Lords (1967); apppointed Baroness in Waiting (a Government whip); appointed minister of State at Department of Health and Social Security (1969); became a deputy speaker of the House of Lords (1985). Appointed DBE (1992).