Elizabeth L. Huberman


Elizabeth Lyle Huberman, a longtime summer resident of Menemsha, died peacefully on January 30 at Pennswood Village in Newtown, Penn., where she had lived for nearly 17 years. She celebrated her 97th birthday last November.

Elizabeth was the wife of the late Edward Huberman, the mother of Joel Huberman (Anne Elberfeld) of Buffalo, N.Y., Jamie Huberman of Oakland, Calif., Jack Huberman (Nina Dougherty) of Santa Fe, N.M., and the late Joan Huberman (1954-1981). She leaves three grandchildren (Julie, Amy, and Daniel) and three great-grandchildren (Emma, Beth, and Alexander).

Elizabeth was born in Gloucester where she grew up and attended Gloucester High School. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she became the secretary of labor leader John L. Lewis. She married Edward Huberman in 1939. During her honeymoon in Mexico (1939-1940), she carried out research on the Mexican labor movement, which later resulted in a Mexican publication on that subject (Historia del Movimiento Obrero Mexicano, republished in 2006).

During the 1940s and 1950s, she devoted herself to raising and caring for a family of four children. A former She earned a Ph.D in the 1960s and later became an English professor.

She came to Menemsha for many years to visit her brother-in-law, Leo Huberman, and then became a more regular summer resident when her husband, Edward, inherited Leo’s house in 1968. She made her last visit to the island when she was 94 years old.