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1933 - 2014 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Lemann, Charlotte Coe 80, of Manchester, Massachusetts, died Friday, February 28, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. Born Charlotte Wyman Coe on July 29, 1933 in San Diego, California, she was the first of two children of Charles Frederick Coe and Charlotte Sells Coe. At age eight, Charlotte was living with her family on Ford Island, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. She, her younger brother Charles, and her mother Charlotte fled to a bomb shelter while father Charles, Operations Officer of Patrol Wing Two, ordered planes into the air. With the US entrance into World War II, the Coes moved to Tennessee and father Charles served for the next two years in the Pacific. As the daughter of a U.S. Naval officer, Charlotte lived in many places including Memphis, Pensacola, London, and Paris. Charlotte went on to graduate from Holton-Arms School, Smith College, and later Radcliffe College with an M.A. in French. Later in life she earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from Bennington College. She taught French at Concord Academy, and in 1958 married William H. Jackson, Jr. They had two children. The family lived in New Delhi for several years while Mr. Jackson was stationed there in the Foreign Service. They later settled in Washington, DC, and Charlotte pursued a rich and varied career as a modern dancer, poet and teacher of The Alexander Technique. She taught the Technique for 35 years, first to students and then to other teachers. She and Mr. Jackson were divorced in 1972 and Charlotte remarried in 1992 to Stephen Berthelot Lemann. She moved to New Orleans and enjoyed three happy years of marriage to Mr. Lemann before his death in 1995. A year later she moved back to Boston's North Shore, where she had been living when Mr. Lemann began courting her. She had first met him in graduate school in the mid-1950s when she was at Radcliffe and he at Harvard Law School. As Charlotte liked to say, Mr. Lemann proposed to her twice, thirty-five years apart, and the second time she said yes. Family and friends will remember Charlotte Lemann for her warmth, sensitivity, and generosity; her passion for gardening, writing, and reading, as well as her keen intelligence; her deep knowledge of subjects ranging from Thomas Jefferson to French to world religion, and her many lifelong friendships. Nancy Stevenson, her college roommate said, "All her friends treasured her gift for knowing when, where and how we needed her solace and her spirited fun. She shared our joys, fears, and sorrows with warmth and understanding. She inspired us to be more than we are without ever censoring what we are." Another lifelong friend, Marty Gilbert noted: "Her heart led the way; she danced all her gifts and warmly encouraged her friends discover theirs." Ms. Lemann is survived by her two children, William Harding Jackson III of Bethesda, MD, and Isabella Lyman Jackson of Gloucester, MA; three grandchildren, Hannah, Ian, and Lucy; her first husband, William Harding Jackson, Jr., also of Gloucester; and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Charles H. Coe and her family, of Haymarket, VA. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Ms. Lemann's honor to the Smith College Poetry Center.
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 6, 2014
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