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JOHN ANTONY "TONY" SWARTZ-LLOYD

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JOHN ANTONY "TONY" SWARTZ-LLOYD Obituary
SWARTZ-LLOYD, John Antony "Tony" Of Boston, 79, a brilliant wordsmith, lover of English literature, musician, peacemaker, and mentor to former staff, students, and colleagues died on August 13, 2016 after staring down Parkinson's disease for 17 years. Tony was born in Paris, France to Grethel and John Lloyd, general manager of Associated Press in Europe, and lived in Mexico and London before settling permanently in the United States. He began his career as a journalist at the Hartford Courant; then brought his communications skills to the technology field at Itek Corporation before finding his true calling in health care public affairs. He was senior vice president of corporate communications at Beth Israel Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston for 21 years, where his work, peer mentoring, and commitment to defining a new standard for honest, informative, and timely hospital media relations earned him the reputation as the region's "dean" of excellence in health care communications. Ten years ago his former colleagues and peers established an annual Medical Grand Rounds on Medicine and the Media in his honor. It has been a forum for leaders in the media, physicians, and researchers to discuss improving public understanding through accurate and reliable reporting of medical advances, research, and issues of health care cost, quality, and access. "Combining scholarship in English language, a keen eye for graphic sophistication, and generosity as a mentor and advisor, Tony both shaped and reflected the excellence of Beth Israel. As Hamlet spoke of his father, 'we shall not look upon his like again,'" said Mitchell T. Rabkin, MD, the former president of Beth Israel Hospital. A natural and gifted teacher, for many years Tony was an adjunct professor of literature at Northeastern University, where he shared his love of Shakespeare and Chaucer. Tony met his adored wife of 44 years, Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, President of MASCO, during Boston demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Together they supported each other in causes of political and social interest and enjoyed a wide range of interests, including the love of books, movies, theater, travel, fine food, fine friends, architecture, city design, music, and birding. In addition to his wife, Tony is survived by his beloved family: his son and daughter-in-law, Sean Elston-Lloyd and Sharon Elston-Lloyd of New Bedford, MA and their children Rachel and Ian; his daughter Jennie Kristel and her husband Michael Watson of Burlington, VT, her children Daniel, Robin and Justin and Justin's daughter Liliana; a brother, Bill Bekker of Seaside, California; a sister-in-law, Selma Bromberg of Weston and her children Sarah Bromberg of Weston and Daniel Bromberg and his wife Pei-ning Lo Bromberg and son Reuben of Arlington, MA; and his devoted caregiver of 8 years, Edward Ssebuggwawo. Tony studied at the University of Chicago and received his master's degree from Northeastern University. Throughout his career he received many awards, from groups including the Public Relations Society of America and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Institutional Advancement. He was chair of that group, as well as chair of the board of the Boston-based Handel and Haydn Society, and most recently served on the board of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA. A celebration of Tony's life will be held on September 20 at 11 am at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA. Contributions in his memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Office of Development, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; Temple Israel Music Fund, 477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; or the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02467. Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home, Lowell, MA www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 6, 2016
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