Talbot, Michele Mastrolia
Of Chestnut Hill, MA, died peacefully on February 7th, 2013, surrounded by her family. Michele was born in Boston and grew up on Beacon Hill. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Newton College; a Master's Degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Certificate of Advanced Study from the National Science Foundation's Marine Studies Institute Joint Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and a Certificate in Public Health from Harvard University. Her greatest passion was teaching: she taught as a professor for 41 years at Pine Manor College, where she designed and directed the B.A. program in Biology and Pre-Medical Studies. She developed new courses in areas including the biology of HIV and AIDS, ethical issues in science and technology, human infectious disease, epidemiology, pathophysiology, marine biology, and forensic science. Michele was made an Honorary Member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and she received the Ruth Allinger Gibson Award for Teaching Excellence in 1988 and 2001, as well as the Kellogg Award for Distinguished Service. She also helped develop and direct the Articulation Program within the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Loving mother of Lindsay and Theodore Talbot. Beloved wife of Ray Huard and the late Samuel Talbot, II. Daughter of the late Emilio and the late Helen Mastrolia. Sister of Dennis Mastrolia. A celebration of Michele's life will be held on Friday, February 22nd, 2013, at 11AM at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michele M. Talbot Memorial Fund at Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 14, 2013