BOBROFF, POLLY LOCKWOOD Polly Lockwood Bobroff December 7, 1921-February 17, 2014 born Brooklyn, NY, to Anthony C. and Louise M. Benedict. She grew up in Rockville Centre, Long Island and entered Smith College at age 16, majoring in History. Polly graduated in 1942 and was recruited to IBM’s sales force. Visiting the U.S. Naval Ordinance Lab in Washington, DC, she met a young physicist, David L. Bobroff. He called her while reading his niece Winnie the Pooh. Married in October, 1945, they lived outside Washington DC; Madison, WI; and Squantum, MA; then settled in Sudbury, Mass to raise their five children. Her husband, David succumbed to cancer in 1969. Polly raised the children working as a teacher. In 1974, she moved to Madison, CT where she lived with her mother. Polly worked at Yale University’s Computer Science department and as Assistant to the Dean of Pierson College. She was a picket captain during the Federation of University Employees Local 34’s strike that won widespread support for the mostly female workforce. Polly had a great sense of humor, wit and love of music, sang in Sudbury and Madison Congregational Church choirs, played piano and sang with friends and family. Her memory of exact words and melodies continued to her final days and made her much beloved by Whitney Center residents, staff and anyone who had the pleasure of her company. Polly is survived by her brother Robert Benedict, son David, three daughters, Anne, Cathy and Ellen, 3 grandchildren, and many loving great grandchildren, nieces, grand and great grandnieces. Her daughter, Barbara died of cancer in 2009. A meeting to celebrate Polly’s life will be held in the spring at Whitney Center, Hamden, CT. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Friends of Massachusetts Mental Health Center, 75 Fenwood Rd, Boston, MA 02115.
Published in The New Haven Register on Feb. 23, 2014