By Lisa Fine — December 05, 2001 1 min read

Margaret Byrd Rawson, whose pioneering research and advocacy work in dyslexia helped lead educators around the world to a greater understanding of how to help children with reading disabilities, died Nov. 25. She was 102.

Her work, which spanned 70 years, included conducting one of the country’s longest-running studies of children with language disorders. She followed her subjects, 56 boys from The School in Rose Valley in Moylan, Pa., for more than 50 years. Her book, Dyslexia Over the Lifespan, published in 1968 and updated in 1995, described the study.

Ms. Rawson was a founding member and former president of the Orton Dyslexia Society, now called the International Dyslexia Association, based in Towson, Md.—LISA FINE

A version of this article appeared in the December 05, 2001 edition of Education Week as Death