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Obituary: Mildred Lachman Chapin

Mildred Lachman Chapin, 97, died Aug. 26, 2019.

Mrs. Chapin was born to Hannah Segal and Henry Rosenstreik Pollack in Philadelphia, one of eight siblings. She was a dancer from an early age. She received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied economics and met her first husband, Alexis. Moving to Washington, D.C., with their two children, she headed the YWCA dance program and performed. She began painting in 1955. She accompanied her diplomat husband, living outside the United States for most of the ’60s. She had art shows in Italy, France, Turkey, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Sedona.

She earned a master’s degree from American University and had a parallel career as an art therapist. She was a life member of the American Art Therapy Association and had a private practice while teaching at institutions in Chicago, Vermont, and Arizona.  She published numerous articles and two books, “Reverberations: Mothers and Daughters” and “Haiku, Painted and Written.”

Moving to Tucson in 2002, she showed at numerous galleries including the Tucson Jewish Community Center and Tucson Museum of Art.

Survivors include her sisters, Bertie Dratch, and Lillian Bergman; brother, Solomon Pollack; children, Ellen Cohen of Tucson and Roy Lachman; and two grandsons.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, 125 Broad St., New York, New York 10004. Arrangements were made by Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel.