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February 7, 2008

Bert M. Cohen Hirshberg, a lifelong advocate for community and nonprofit organizations, died Saturday after being stuck by a car near Symphony Hall. She was 89 and lived in Boston and Newton.

Mrs. Cohen Hirshberg was born in Lawrence and graduated from Boston University. She was one of the three founders of Literary Trail of Greater Boston, a nonprofit organization that provides tours of prominent literary sites in the city. She worked for the BU Alumni Association for 20 years, including as an editor for Bostonia Magazine.

Mrs. Cohen Hirshberg was also a reading therapist at Massachusetts General Hospital and taught English as a second language in Newton and Brookline schools. She was a member of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Symphony, the League of Women Voters, the American Repertory Theatre, and Temple Israel.

Mrs. Cohen Hirshberg was the wife of the late Milton Cohen and the late Al Hirshberg, who wrote the Jimmy Piersall biography "Fear Strikes Out."

She leaves a son, Alan Cohen of Harvard; a daughter, Jane Pellouchoud of Three Oaks, Mich.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandy Raphaelson of Tel Aviv and Sylvia Daniels of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and a brother, Robert Krim of Andover.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Levine Chapel in Brookline.

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