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PROFESSOR MARGARET M. (BONNIE) LIDBACK


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PROFESSOR  MARGARET M. (BONNIE) LIDBACK Obituary
LIDBACK, Professor Margaret M. (Bonnie) Age 73, of Natick MA died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the Metro West Hospital in Natick after suffering a stroke at her home. Bonnie was born on October 25, 1940, in Boston, the daughter of Stanley and Isabel Lidback. She is survived by two brothers George Stanley Lidback of Warren, Connecticut and Keith Lidback of Northwood, New Hampshire. Two brothers Bruce Lidback and Henry Lidback predeceased her. Memories of the deep bond between Bonnie and her dear longtime friend, the late Dorothy (Doshie) Clark of Brookline, Westport Point and Natick, remain vivid in the minds of those who knew them. Bonnie also leaves behind her dear friends Mrs. Eloise Gardner of Lexington Massachusetts and Professor Jehanne Gheith of Durham North Carolina. After graduating from Girls Latin School in 1958, Bonnie attended Boston University where she earned her BA in 1962. In 1963 Bonnie taught at Lexingtons Muzzey Junior High School and earned her MA degree from Boston University. Bonnie taught at Lexington High School from 1964 to 1971. Bonnie was a Teaching Assistant and Assistant Professor at Boston University and Salem State College from 1971 to 1974 while she began pursuing her PhD in Geology at Boston University. In 1976 Bonnie became a part-time Instructor at Massachusetts Bay Community College and at Wellesley College. In May 1977 Bonnie received her PhD in Geology from Boston University. Bonnie continued teaching at MBCC and Wellesley College until she was accepted as a full-time Instructor in the Physics Department of Framingham State College in August 1978; she continued her full-time teaching at Framingham State for 27 years retiring as a tenured professor in August 2007. In retirement Professor Emerita Lidback continued teaching geology at Framingham State University for another five years as a part-time Visiting Lecturer. Professor Bonnie Lidback was an accomplished geology teacher. Bonnie loved the earth and taught others to love it. In total Bonnie taught geology at Framingham State for 32 years. In 2002 Bonnie was recognized as a Christa Teacher by the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for "scholarship and teaching excellence." "This program recognizes the positive impact teachers have on students and provides students with a method to say thank you to those teachers." wrote the Director of the McAuliffe Center. "Bonnie is an intrepid field geologist and coastal oceanographer in our eastern Massachusetts region, and countless students have benefited from her geology and oceanography courses and field trips for the past 30 years." This tribute from an FSC faculty colleague appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of the FSC Magazine. When Bonnie was about to retire, an interview, "Dr. Lidback: a lover of the earth," was published in the FSC student newspaper Gatepost. In that interview Bonnie affirmed that Jesus Christ was the main influence in her life. Bonnie said "That relationship informed my relationship to the world and other people." While Bonnie was growing up, the Lidback family was very active in St. Johns Episcopal Church in East Boston where her father was the Lay Reader and her mother was a youth group leader. Bonnie also was a person of faith, deeply connected to the Companions of the Holy Cross at Adelynrood in Byfield MA and active in the spiritual life of several Episcopal Church Parishes including, most recently, Trinity in Boston and St. Paul's in Natick. She was a traveler. As Bonnie traveled far and wide in her inner spiritual world, so she also travelled in the outer physical world. Bonnie wanted to have seen the geology that she taught her students. Once Bonnie listed her trips: ""throughout the United States; central and northern Europe; British Isles; Nicaragua and Costa Rica; Haiti; maritime Canada."" She travelled to other parts of our planet as well – Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Alaska, Tanzania, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hawaii, Chile, the Soviet Union, and Antarctica. Bonnie said she was on every continent except Australia. Bonnie loved music and for many years she and her close friend Mrs. Eloise Gardner attended BSO concerts together. Bonnie enjoyed sailing with her late dear friend Dorothy (Doshie) Clark on the Westport River and out into Rhode Island Sound and Buzzards Bay. Doshie introduced Bonnie to these waters and the relaxation and rejuvenation derived from their trips to the Clark family's quiet peaceful "Villa" in Westport Point MA. Bonnie was a giving, caring woman. She was an extraordinary friend to many: wise, honest, thoughtful; she was deeply committed to her friends in prayer and action. She had been in much pain over the last few months. Her body hurt after her catastrophic fall two years ago. As always, Bonnie handled that injury bravely and with grace. She will be missed by her family and many friends. A Service of Remembrance for Margaret M. Lidback will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 39 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760 on June 14, 2014, at 10:30 AM. A reception will be held at St. Paul's Church immediately following Bonnie's Service of Remembrance. Reading of Memorials for Margaret M. Lidback and other deceased Companions of the Holy Cross will be held on July 26, 2014, at 4:15 PM at Adelynrood, 46 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922-2812. Bonnie's ashes will be interred at Adelynrood on July 26 immediately following the Reading of Memorials. Donations in memory of Professor Margaret M. Lidback may be mailed to The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, 46 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922-2812. Please make checks payable to SCHC.
Published in The Boston Globe from June 9 to June 11, 2014
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