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HENRIETTA JOHNSON DANE

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HENRIETTA JOHNSON DANE Obituary
DANE, Henrietta Johnson Of Belmont, MA, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, and Newport, RI, died on November 6, 2012, at age 104. Born in Washington, DC, on February 14, 1908, to Thomas L. and Henrietta (Woodward) Johnson, she spent her early years in Washington where she attended a Montessori school in Alexander Graham Bell's home. As the daughter of a career Naval officer, she moved often, residing in Paris, Newport, and at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, where she lived aboard the Reina Mercedes, a prize ship from the Spanish-American War. Henrietta attended MIT, graduating in 1930 with a degree in architecture, and at the time of her death was its oldest alumna. In the same year, she married Theodore C. Sturtevant, a teacher at Middlesex School and St. George's School, which marriage ended in divorce. During World War II she served as a draftsman at the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Newport. In 1944, Henrietta married Ernest B. (Blaney) Dane, Jr., and soon thereafter they settled in Belmont. Dr. Dane, who died in 1975, was a senior scientist and deputy director of MIT's Draper Laboratory. She was a prodigious reader and possessed an uncommonly inventive mind, displaying her creativity in houses, jewelry design and needlework. For more than 100 years, she observed - and often marveled at - the rapid scientific and industrial changes in our society, ranging from the horses and buggies of her youth to the daring moon landing in 1969. Ever the sports fan (she had her own unique Red Sox cheer!), Henrietta followed not only the exploits of her favorite Boston teams and Tiger Woods but traveled to countless games and competitions in which her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren participated. Support knew no bounds: the uniforms of the entire Belmont Hill School hockey team could occasionally be seen drying in her yard. And geography was no obstacle for she often traveled to the World Figure Skating Championships. She was practiced at giving advice and she was blessed with a large family upon which to bestow it. Henrietta gathered the family together frequently; of particular note were the large, festive Christmas Eve dinners. Predeceased by her husband, Blaney, and her son, Charles B. (Charley) Dane, she is survived by her son, Thomas C. Sturtevant and his long time companion, Carol G. Mullin, her daughter, Helen D. George and her husband, Paul E. George, and Charley's wife, Lucy E. Dane. She had 12 loving grandchildren, and 19 exuberant great grandchildren. She also had 4 stepchildren. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. in Saint Columba's Chapel, Middletown, RI. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a gift in Henrietta's memory to the United States Figure Skating Association Memorial Fund, 20 First Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (www.usfsa.org). On line guest book at www.brownandhickey.com

Published in The Boston Globe from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2012
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