Dr. Ann M. Lacy 81, of Needham, formerly Wellesley, and Sparks-Glencoe, MD, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2013. Born in Boston to Mona (Matthews) and Clive W. Lacy on May 29, 1932. She graduated from Walnut Hill School, Wellesley College and Yale University. Ann was Department chair and Professor emerita at Goucher College where she taught biological sciences and genetics from 1959 to 1998. She specialized in research on the genetics of tryptophan biosynthesis in Neurospora crassa. Ann was an advocate for women's rights and education, and supported numerous charitable organizations. She was a smart, strong, pioneering woman who enjoyed the arts and sciences, nature and culture, and good pizza and beer. She was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Boston Athenaeum, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Association. Ann was predeceased by her parents and her brothers John, William and Thomas, and her sister-in-law, Barbara. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Marian and Sally, ten nieces and nephews and their families, a goddaughter, friends, colleagues, students, and devoted caregivers. A celebration of Ann's life will take place in Wellesley, MA at a later date. Donations in Ann's memory may be given to the Ann M. Lacy & Myra Burnham Kurtz Fund c/o Goucher College (http://www.goucher.edu/) For more information, obit or to share a memory of Ann please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Needham Times from Dec. 10 to Dec. 17, 2013