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QUILL, Kathleen M. Lifelong Andover and Cambridge resident, Kathleen M. Quill, passed peacefully at her home on March 31, 2016. She was 91 years old. She was born June 25, 1924 in Pasadena, California, the oldest of three children born to Jeremiah and Annie (Flaherty) Quill. She is survived by her sister, Barbara A. Quill, also of Andover and Cambridge. She was the sister of the late John J. Quill her brother and sister in-law the late Isabel Quill. She was a member of St. Augustine's Parish in Andover her entire life. She attended St. Augustine's Elementary School and Punchard High School (Andover High School) graduating in 1941. In 1945, Kay received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Emmanuel College, where she most recently attended her 70th Alumni Reunion. She was an active benefactor of the College and member of the Alumnae Association of Emmanuel. She continued her study at Emmanuel receiving a master's degree in Education. In 1979, she earned a master's degree in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University. Upon graduation from Emmanuel, she went to work at Lahey Clinic then in Kenmore Square in Boston and later in Burlington, Massachusetts as a Medical Technologist in the Hematology Laboratory. Kay oversaw the transition of the Laboratory to Burlington, MA. During her career there, she went on to serve as supervisor, manager and ultimately Director overseeing all aspects of the Lab. She retired there in 2005 after 50 years at Lahey as the Director of Clinical Laboratory Services at Lahey Hospital and Medical Centers. She was recognized by her professional peers and colleagues as a loyal and devoted professional who mentored many young woman encouraging them to pursue professional careers in the sciences and to take leadership roles in the health care industry. Kay was the founder and held board positions in the Hematology Supervisors Group of New England and the Bay State Chapter of the CLMA. Kay was active member of many professional organizations and for most served as an officer and director. She held memberships in the American Society of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the American Society of Medical Technologists (ASMT), the Massachusetts Association for Medical Technology (MAMT), the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS), Clinical Laboratory Managers Association (CLMA), the Greater Boston Association for Medical Technologists and the Hematology Supervisors of Greater Boston. She was admitted to Omicron Sigma, the American Society of Medical Technology President's Honor Roll. She is fondly remembered and missed by numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses including: Kathleen Gwiazda and her husband Dave of Lowell, MA, Linda Deignan and her husband William of Tewksbury MA, Barbara Burgett and her husband Wayne of Hollis, New Hampshire. Numerous grand nieces and nephews, Lisa Gwiazda of Lowell, David Gwiazda Jr. of Callaway, Florida, Jeffrey Gwiazda of Andover, Katelyn Blake of Lowell, Thomas Burgett of Colorado, Casey Amaral of North Reading, Melissa Deignan of Tewksbury, Jacqueline Adams of Chelmsford and Chanel Quill of Lowell. She leaves behind 9 great-grand nieces and nephews and many cousins and relatives in Ireland and California. Kay was grateful and forever thankful for her career and friends but mostly for "my family, my job, my pension and social security." She enjoyed her retirement years with her sister in Lauderdale-By-the-Sea in Florida where she and her sister Barbara would take their annual trip to Florida usually driving there. In a discussion with colleagues debating the value of cryogenics she said: "No way I want to come around again! One time has been quite enough! I have had the benefit of a very full life and set of experiences. And some periods of my life I wouldn't want to relive or redesign." She was a generous benefactor and enthusiastic supporter of numerous charities and nonprofit organizations including St. Augustine's Church, Lahey Clinic, the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS), The Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, Catholic Charities and anything Irish. She was a subscriber and attendee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend visiting hours Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 4PM to 8PM at the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence Street, ANDOVER, MA. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Thursday April 7, 2016 at St. Augustine's Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Burial to follow in St. Augustine Cemetery, Andover, MA.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 3, 2016
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