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She also fought off criticism from professionals in her field early in her career after colleagues sought to have her American Psychological Association membership revoked for practicing outside of a private setting.
Brothers published about 15 books, including 1987’s “What Every Woman Should Know About Men” and 1992’s “Widowed,” which was inspired by her husband’s death in 1989.
Brothers was born on Oct. 20, 1927, in the Rockaways section of Queens in New York. She daughter of Estelle (née Rapaport) and Morris K. Bauer, both of whom were Jewish lawyers and had a practice together.
She married physician Milton Brothers in 1949.
She earned degrees in home economics and psychology at Cornell University and a doctorate in psychology from Columbia University.
She is survived by her sister, daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.