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Paula Logan Obituary
Paula Polly Logan, former Republican National Committeewoman, State Committeewoman, head of the Massachusetts Republican Club and many other political, civic and social organizations, died Sept. 30, 2013, at the age of 88. A classic New England Republican, socially liberal and fiscally conservative, Polly was renowned for her ability to bring opposing factions together, to engage new voters and supporters and to mentor young people. Her skills, and her ready laugh, made her a real leader and political force. News stories about Logan describe her as irrepressible and spunky. A staunch feminist, she bucked her party by supporting the highly controversial Equal Rights Amendment as far back as the 1980 Republican National Convention. In 2000, in recognition of her years of mentoring women of all parties, friends and colleagues honored her by establishing the Polly Logan Fund at the University of Massachusettss Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, where the fund sponsors mentoring programs. She was a go-to source for reporters for many years, candidly expressing her political views and character assessments. At the same time she was a great diplomat and extraordinarily effective behind-the-scenes political operative and diplomat. Polly grew up in Red Oak, Iowa, and attended the University of Nebraska and George Washington University. In 1949 she married Edward F. Logan, the nephew of General Edward L. Logan for whom Logan Airport is named. She served as a key advisor to Gov. Francis Sargent and as a member of the Bill Weld-Paul Cellucci transition team. She was an overseer of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and was a founder of the Doric Dames State House Guides. She was also a founder of the Massachusetts Womens Political Caucus; a Board member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Horace Mann Foundation. She was also a member of the Cohasset Conservation Commission and the Cohasset Council for the Aged, and director of United Community Services for the South Shore. Often hailed as the grande dame of the Massachusetts Republican Party, Mrs. Logan was predeceased by her husband, General Edward F. Logan, and by her son, Malcolm. She was the mother of Martha A. Logan (deceased) and her husband, Professor Patrick Reid of Bloomfield, N.J.; and is survived by her niece, Roberta Phippen Collier and her husband Jeb Collier of New Bern, N.C. Other surviving family includes, Barbara and Philip Cutler of Seattle, Wash., Walter and Martha Phippen of Hull, Mass., Susan and Sandy Buxbaum of Towson, Md., David and Wendy Phippen of Bothell, Wash., Pat and Mike Rissler of Lenexa, Kan., and Fred and Kelly Peterson of Fort Worth, Texas. The joint funeral service for Polly and her daughter, Martha, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthonys Catholic Church, 10 Summer Street, Cohasset. A reception will be held immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Polly Logan Fund, University Advancement, UMass-Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125.

Published in The Cohasset Mariner from Oct. 4 to Oct. 16, 2013
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