Marcia Lauter Obrasky Levin, 87, popular children's book author and creator of the Donna Parker series, died April 19 at her winter home on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Fla., after a long illness.
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Levin wrote seven volumes of the successful series, using the pen name Marcia Martin. The novels, published by a division of Random House, became a staple of young girls' reading in the 1950s and '60s.
In addition, Levin, who started her career as an elementary-school teacher, authored 22 books for beginning readers, also under her pen name. She followed these by writing some of the first enrichment textbooks in "New Mathematics" (McGraw Hill).
Levin is survived by her husband, Martin Levin; daughter Dr. Wendy Newby; sons Jeremy Leven (sic) and Hugh Lauter Levin; sister Louise Obrasky Bernstein; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made to: the Levin Center for the Development of Educational Potential, 1525 Richard Stokes Drive, Decatur, GA 30033.