Betty Jean Lifton. She wrote Twice Born: Memoirs of an Adopted Daughter in 1975, which detailed her experience growing up adopted in an era that enforced extreme secrecy when it came to adoption. It was one of the first major books published about the adoptee's emotional experience. It also admonished the practices of closed adoption at a time when nobody wanted to hear it. She wrote many other books about adoption, dealing with grief, searching, and more. But not only did she write important books, but they were good books of high literary quality too. I admire her as a writer as well as an open records advocate. She also helped countless folks as an adoption therapist.
She will be missed by many.
Find the full obit from the New York Times here.