Elizabeth Anderson Comer
John Bennett, Elizabeth Frank Bennett’s husband of 37 years, informed us that our classmate Elizabeth Marie Frank Bennett passed away on July 31, 2017 from leukemia. Her obituary follows:
Elizabeth M. (Frank) Bennett, age 62, of Acton died Monday, July 31st at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is the beloved wife and survived by her husband of 37 years, John Bennett of Acton, MA, her son Michael (also of Acton), and her daughter Katherine of Wallkill, NY. She is survived by her sister, Kathy Robinson of Pittsburgh, PA and her brother, Ken Frank of Ayer, MA and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles around the country.
The daughter of Emma Frank and the late Arthur C. Frank, she was born in Cleveland Ohio and raised and living in multiple states through her life until moving to Acton in 1972. Graduating from Hood College in Frederick, MD with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, she was engaged in biological research for nearly 20 years, resulting in the development of monoclonal antibodies in use around the world today to cure a wide-spread tropical disease.
An energetic, vibrant, passionate and active woman, she loved to sing, singing as a soprano with the Sounds of Stow and the St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church choir for many years. She loved her cats, breeding and showing Maine Coon cats. She loved jigsaw and word puzzles, flowers and gardening, outdoor walks, reading and travel while hating the cold and losing at board games. She loved her church, her church family and especially her own family. Beth touched so many, in so many different roles, and was loved by all.
Burial services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 9th at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central Street in Acton, MA with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial gift to either The Leukemia Research Foundation (www.allbloodcancers.org/ways-to-give) or to the Mass General Cancer Center (https://giving.massgeneral.org/cancer/)
The family would especially like to thank the doctors, staff and especially the nurses at Mass General Hospital, especially those on Lunder 10 and the Blake Building Intensive Care Unit. They did more than care for her as a patient, they cared for her as a person. We are so grateful for their service.
John can be reached at email@example.com.
Ann Kowitski Barber is heading to Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna for 2 weeks very soon. “Trip of a lifetime! Most exciting is my first grandchild is due in July. This should be a great summer! Moved last summer into a 55+ condo community that was about 2 miles from my house. What a joy not to shovel, worry about plowing or mowing. Best decision ever as I am still working – and I love what I am doing.”
Kathleen Weslock “After many years in corporate America, I’m taking time off to figure out how I want my life to look like in the Back 40. So I moved down to the farm in Pennsylvania from Connecticut. I’ve let jobs chose me, not vice versa. So this is a very cool, albeit unnerving time. Stay tuned for news as it will be a new adventure. In the interim, Hood asked and I accepted to serve as a Trustee. I’m honored and humbled. It helped make all of us who we are, and how we have made our mark on society. I’m thrilled to be a part of the planning process and know our new President is world class. I’m an empty nester with both of my grown boys working in NYC. Both are entrepreneurs, one in real estate and the other in food. Good for them. Can’t imagine our reunion was only a year ago. Rubina Patel, we need you to get us organized so we can make our 50th even better, and come up with an amazing gift for the college……Be well, Hoodlums.”
Sharon Thorpe Kourtz retired from Fairfax county in January. She wrote: “My dad died following a stroke in February, and my mom died of a stroke 23 days later. They will be buried Memorial Day.”
Elizabeth Anderson Comer: I am off to New Zealand to visit Anne (our youngest daughter). She just completed a semester studying in Wellington and will begin her senior year at Bard College in September. I am still digging and volunteering at Catoctin Furnace …and trying to keep up with Margaret (28) and Jacob (27)! I enjoy being a member of the Hood Board of Associates! It gives me an excuse to visit the campus and hear about exciting new programs. We had a Hood student intern this past semester at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society. A history major she was incredibly hard working and talented! Clearly a typical Hood student!