Published On: Sat, Apr 21st, 2012

Julia Trevarthen, Boca planning director, dies at 51

BOCA RATON — Julia Trevarthen, 51, Boca Raton’s planning, zoning and development director, passed away April 11 following a three-year battle with uterine cancer.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Ms. Trevarthen moved with her family to Boca Raton in 1972.  She graduated from St. Andrew’s School, received an undergraduate degree in music theory from Florida State University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Before taking the job in Boca in 2008, Ms. Trevarthen had been an assistant director with the South Florida Regional Planning Council and director of its nonprofit Institute for Community Collaboration. Earlier in her life, she was an interior designer.

Ms. Trevarthen is survived by her parents, William and Patricia Trevarthen of Boca Raton, a sister, Susan Trevarthen; her brother-in-law, Camilo Mejia, of Fort Lauderdale and her niece, Linda Mejia, of Hialeah Gardens.

A public service in celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on April 29 at Grace Community Church in Boca Raton.

The family has requested any donations be directed to the Master Chorale of South Florida, 6278 N. Federal Highway, No. 351, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308

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