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WOLPERT, Alice H. Of Newton Highlands passed away peacefully around midnight on July sixth at Newton-Wellesley Hospital after a short illness. She is survived by her 5 children and step-children; Jeanne Burchard, David Savidge, Douglas Savidge, Betty Trabalka, and Jake Wolpert. In addition she leaves 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Nearly 102, Alice had a life full of love, kindness, and understanding.

Alice graduated from Bucknell University in 1940 with a liberal arts degree and within a couple of years married Robert Savidge whom she had met at Bucknell. In the late fifties, she also earned a Masters degree in Library Science from Denver University.

Her love of the written word stayed with her throughout her life. Alice specialized in research at several educational institutions including Mass Mental Health and the University of New Hampshire. Her last position was with the Newton Free Library where she worked well into her eighties. In 1969, she married Charles Wolpert and they lived happily in Newton Highlands until his death in 1985.

The Great Depression and World War II had an enormous impact on Alice and she was always a champion of the poor and a voice against violence of all kinds, spending many hours on the sidewalks of Newton protesting both the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. She had literally hundreds of friends from all walks of life and it was an extreme rarity when she uttered an unkind word regarding anyone.

A memorial service will be held at First Universal Church in West Newton. The date is pending and further information will appear here in this space.
Published in The Boston Globe on July 15, 2018
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