Beverly Travers, 88

Beverly Travers of Wilton, Conn., died on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 88.

Mrs. Travers was born in Akron, Ohio, on Nov. 24, 1926, the daughter of Thelma Elcan and George Benton Herring. She graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1948, and then moved to New York City, finding employment at Outdoor Life magazine as an editorial assistant.

At Outdoor Life she met her future husband, the novelist Robert Travers. They married in 1952. Their son John was born while they lived in New Orleans before settling in Westport, Conn. Mr. Travers’ daughter from a previous marriage was Mary Travers of the folk singing trio, Peter, Paul and Mary. The couple also provided a home for several foster children.

Mrs. Travers was a long-time member of the Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport, and enjoyed singing in the choir. A movie fan since childhood, she was also an avid reader and loved the theater. She enjoyed taking photographs, playing the piano, and was fond of cats. She worked for many years in the publishing field as a copy editor/proofreader on books, medical journals and local publications such as the Westport News.

Her husband predeceased her in 1974. She is survived by her son, John Travers, a film editor and screenwriter in Los Angeles. A funeral will be held privately through the Magner Funeral Home of Norwalk. To leave an online condolence, visit