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ELLEN (GUILD) MOOT


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ELLEN (GUILD) MOOT Obituary
MOOT, Ellen (Guild) 86, formerly of Cambridge and recently of Concord, died gently and comfortably with her family, at her summer home in Chocorua, New Hampshire on September 3, 2016. She grew up in Boston and graduated from Shady Hill School in Cambridge, St. Timothy's School in Baltimore, and Radcliffe College. After receiving a Masters in foreign affairs from Yale University, Ellen spent several years in Washington, DC working at the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research at Johns Hopkins. Upon returning to Cambridge to marry John R. Moot, she spent a few years at Harvard's Center for International Affairs (CFIA), doing research for Prof. Thomas Schelling (2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences). Despite the Center's superb personnel, like Henry Kissinger and Joe Nye, some of Ellen's fondest memories of her time there were sailing on the Charles during lunch. Having spent summers growing up on an island in Maine, Ellen was an excellent sailor and the Maine coast always held a special place in her heart. In Cambridge, Ellen was engaged in too many political campaigns, non-profit boards, and other endeavors to mention them all. They ranged from starting the parent–led extracurricular Shady Hill School hockey program, which is now a school sport, to starting a sporting goods fundraiser for Shady Hill to playing on an early women's ice hockey team (known affectionately as the "Mother Puckers"). With artistic director Ben Zander, she created and administered the Shady Hill Summer Arts Program for three years. Among others, she ran several of Alice Wolf's successful City Council and State Senate bids. She spent many years on the Board of the Cambridge Guidance Center, putting on their first fundraiser, the Cambridge Pops. She also serviced on Metropolitan State Hospital's Advisory Board as well as the on the Board of Center, Inc., as the President of DMH's Mental Health Center for Cambridge-Somerville (11 agencies), and on DMH's Area Board for fourteen years. She brought rigor and derived great enjoyment from grant-making at the Cambridge Community Foundation and from co-writing a chapter on the Coolidge Hill neighborhood for a Cambridge Historical Society book. Ellen was equally as important to her adopted vacation community in Chocorua, New Hampshire. Chocorua Lake was not the sea but Ellen enjoyed it almost as much, especially when beating all comers in the sailfish races despite sailing the oldest and heaviest boat. She spent many years writing/editing the Chocorua Lake Association newsletter, fundraising for conservation projects, transcribing oral histories, and running tennis tournaments, while still finding time to pick blueberries by the quart. We mention all these undertakings here because Ellen would rarely mention them herself. Always one to understate her accomplishments and defer accolades to others, Ellen was an unrelenting dynamo of organization. Always more interested in politics and positive change, she was an avid reader of Tom Friedman, Paul Krugman and other columnists to the end, much preferring to discuss their columns or other current events than ailments, families or gossip. Predeceased by her husband John and her brother Samuel E. Guild, Ellen leaves a daughter Amey and her partner William (Kem) Stewart of Dover, a son Alexander and his wife Nancy Roosa of Medford, two grandchildren, Caroline (Kaly) Moot and John (Ellis) Moot, and a sister-in-law Ann (Armstrong) Guild of Cushing and Damariscotta, Maine. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 3 pm in Cambridge. All are welcome! For information and directions, please contact Amey or Alex or e-mail us at [email protected] In lieu of flowers or in recognition of her life, please consider a donation to the Cambridge Community Foundation (99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139 – www.cambridgecf.org) or the Chocorua Lake Conservancy (P.O. Box 105, Chocorua, NH 03187 – www.chocorualakeconservancy.org)

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 25, 2016
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