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EMILY O. GARRISON II


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EMILY O. GARRISON II Obituary
Garrison, Emily O., II Emily "Lee" Garrison passed away peacefully where she was most happy - in her Cambridge apartment on Friday, April 25, among her plants, books, paintings and friends. Lee was born on December 22, 1928 to Emily O. and Harry C. Garrison, formerly of Westport, Conn. Lee graduated from Connecticut College '49, Oxford University '51 and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts '61 before launching her career as a full time artist and part time administrator. Lee was at home in the worlds of classics, art, literature and ideas, and lived variously in Salzburg, New York City, Rome and Naples, before arriving in Cambridge. Lee was a seeker of beauty on travels that lasted a lifetime. The tools of her artistry at hand, she painted at excavations in Sardis, Turkey, in the gardens of Positano, and in the mountains of Chiusaforte, Italy, and was as much at home painting in the parks of Istanbul as on the shores of Lake Champlain, where she spent many summers. Lee was an active artist all her life, and was very pleased to have recently established an arrangement with Burlington City Arts, VT. for the curation and ultimate sale of her life's work, much of which can be viewed on her website at leegarrison.net. But mostly, Lee was a cultivator of friends, and made them effortlessly wherever she went. She was genuinely interested in other people and loved connecting them with each other through her many dinner parties and through her regular correspondence. If you were Lee's friend, you were a part of her family. She would take an intense interest in your life, would remember almost everything you had ever told her, and would correspond with you on a regular basis as if you were her only care. And we all were. Lee is survived by her sister, Audrey G. Green of Lopez Island, WA., and her four nieces and nephews, David, Bill, Steve and Lisa of various parts out west. A memorial service and reception will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown on Saturday, May 3 at 10:30am. Memorial gifts can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church or to Burlington City Arts.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 29, 2014
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