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In Memoriam

Vivien Ash Gallagher (right) with friends from the Class of 1964 at their 50th Reunion, pictured left to right: Sue Coster Malsin, Sue Yates Kindelan, Jan Slocum, Claire Monahan Knox, and Gallagher.Vivien Ash Gallagher '64, a dedicated alumna who served on the Lasell Board of Overseers and took great pride in supporting the institution's growth through the years, died on November 30, 2019, in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Gallagher was a dedicated letter writer even in the era of email and texting and faithfully corresponded with many of her classmates because, in her words, "everyone enjoys receiving a letter, no matter how brief."

She was particularly close to Claire Monahan Knox '64, Susan Coster Malsin '64, and Jan Slocum '64, who all met in Woodland Hall in 1962. The four classmates stayed in close touch, frequently visiting each other and twice traveling together to Key West, Florida, for vacation. Gallagher served as Malsin's maid of honor at her wedding.

"They remained friends through the years and shared in life's ups and downs," says Jeff Gallagher, Vivien's husband of 29 years. "Lasell and her friends were very important to Vivien."

She joined the Board of Overseers in 2012; attended a number of her class reunions and served as co-chair for her 45th Reunion in 2009; and made annual gifts to The Lasell Fund for nearly 40 years.

Gallagher worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security, receiving many awards for her performance. An avid reader, she volunteered as a tutor with literacy organizations.

"She made the sun shine every day," Jeff remembers. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three children, Molly, Donald, and Leslie.


Bradford Allen

Bradford "Brad" Allen, a former mathematics professor known for his supportive and student-centered approach to teaching, died of brain cancer on November 25, 2019. He was 67. Allen taught for 13 years at Lasell and published more than 40 articles(sometimes in collaboration with Lasell students) and made some 20 academic presentations about his research throughout his career.


Sylvia GoodmanSylvia Block Goodman, a beloved professor who taught biology at Lasell  for 25 years and served as chair of  the science department for some time, died on January 27, 2020. After retiring from Lasell in 1989, she enjoyed world travel, volunteering at Boston's Museum of Science, playing golf and bridge, and spending time with her family  and friends.

Images courtesy of the Winslow Archives at Lasell University


In Memoriam:

Ruth Upham Petremont '36
February 20, 2020

Eleanore Loeffler Olsen '38
January 19, 2020

Sarah Payne '38
November 14, 2019

Harriett Tifft Longley '39
January 18, 2020

Lucy Harrison Eimer '40
November 29, 2019

Louise Lorion DeVries '41
January 6, 2020

Virginia Whelan Petrie '41
September 26, 2019

Caroline Gamble Jans '42 P'64
May 21, 2019

Esther Roth Garbe '43
January 10, 2020

Ruth Tillotson Murtha '43
December 26, 2019

Ruby Nichols Sears '43
April 27, 2019

Nazarene Mondello Stramondo '43
September 18, 2019

Harriett Klebenov Canavan '45
October 6, 2019

Carolyn Crowell Wallace '46
August 28, 2019

Phyllis Haviland Hildebrandt '47
September 16, 2019

Lucile Tucker Anderson '48 GP'06
January 28, 2019

Carol Rae Grunewald '61
January 11, 2019

Carol Goodman Hopkins '61
August 31, 2019

Carolyn Mills Rayne '62
September 17, 2019

Mary Lou Colby Daley '63
November 15, 2019

Barbara Richmond Nelson '63
March 28, 2018

Karin Bartow Skooglund '63
October 24, 2019

Carole Pulaski Clark '64
November 2, 2019

Margaret Moffitt '64 
August 16, 2019

Sue Maxwell Wright '67
October 28, 2019

Linda Kelterborn Johnson '69
January 8, 2020

Deborah Doane Laramie '71
October 29, 2019

Lois Schoonmaker '75 
October 2, 2019

Muriel Monroy-Conway '77 P'12
November 27, 2019

Maureen O'Brien '81 
January 29, 2019