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Lucy H. Doane

1908-2010 NAHANT, MA Lucy H. Doane, 101, artist and teacher, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010, at a local nursing home.

At 101 years she had the distinction of being the town's oldest resident and had enjoyed being the recipient of the Boston Post Cane denoting that honor several years ago.

Lucy Doane, the daughter of Sidney T. and Faye Wilson Doane, was born in Nahant on Dec. 22, 1908. She attended Nahant public schools and graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1925.

Revealing her artistic abilities at an early age, she pursued her calling in that field and received her B.S. degree at the Mass. College of Art in 1929, her MFA from Teachers College, Columbia University and did further study abroad at the Netherlands Institute of History and Art.

She taught art for several years at Keene Teachers' College in New Hampshire, and then become Director of Art in the public schools in Rutland, Vt., retiring from that position in 1971. An avid traveler, she enjoyed trips to Europe and Asia, getting inspiration for her paintings from visiting various historic sites and museums.

She then lived for a number of years in the Bennington, Vt., area where she was an active member of the Bennington Area Acts Council, the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Bennington Museum. In 1991, she was honored by being made a fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, in recognition of her "outstanding contribution to the cultural resources of the state."

Early in her career, Lucy Doane was known as an illustrator of children's books, but as time went on her interest shifted to painting the beautiful landscapes of Vermont as well as the ever-changing seascapes of the North Shore of Massachusetts. Her paintings were exhibited widely in New England and New York and many were purchased to become part of prestigious private and public collections including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Returning to live in her hometown of Nahant in the late 1990s, Lucy remained active in the art field exhibiting her paintings at the Marblehead and Swampscott Art Associations.

The sister of the late Albert G. Doane of Swampscott, she leaves her sister, Calantha Doane Sears of Nahant, and also by many nieces and nephews, as well as their children and their children. Each generation thoroughly enjoyed their "Aunty Lu," not only for her artistic abilities, but also for her positive attitude to life, her love of nature, her quick wit and wry sense of humor.

MEMORIAL NOTICE: The Memorial Service will be held at the Nahant Village Church on Wednesday morning, May 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nahant Historical Society, 41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA 01908.

Arrangements are by SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, Lynn, Mass. Directions and guest book www.solimine.com.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 25, 2010
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