Betty (Saltman) Sobel, 87, of Westport, died Aug. 30 in Golden Hill Health Care in Milford.

Born Sept.13, 1923, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late David and Bertha Saltman. She moved to Westport in 1960 and lived in town since then.

She helped found the Westport fellowship of the Ethical Culture Society and supported the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the World Affairs Center as well as local and national civil rights and anti-war organizations during the 1960s and 1970s. She was also a member of the board of trustees of the international women's networking organization, Women Welcome Women.

She worked for radio station WMMM in Westport before starting her own public relations company, Poco Promo and a singles travel business, Solo Flights.

Survivors include a son, Leigh Sobel and his wife, Bernadette; a daughter, Wendy Sobel; three grandchildren, Kieran, Evan and Brian; a niece, Carlyn Saltman; a nephew, Taft Saltman; her former sister-in-law, Barbara Simon, and her former husband, Sidney Sobel. She was pre-deceased by a brother, Robert Saltman; her partner, Seymour Framson, and her former husband, Lou Zemel.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104, or online at