Sarasota, Fla. - Jenny Dunn Lassen, a longtime resident of southeastern Connecticut, and in her later years, a resident of Sarasota, Fla., passed away on March 3, 2014, at the age of 92, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
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Jenny was the born on March 23, 1921, in New London, the only child of Greta (Keefe) Dunn and Frank Martin Dunn, M.D. Jenny attended the Williams Memorial Institute and graduated from Sacred Heart School in Noroton. She received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1941. She also graduated from the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston. Jenny came back to southeastern Connecticut to work as the placement director for Connecticut College for three years. She returned to Katherine Gibbs, this time to work for seven years as its admissions and placement director, a job which gave her the opportunity to travel all over the northeast.
She married Grover V. Lassen Jr. on July 25, 1952. They had both grown up in Connecticut and had been friends since they were four years old. Along with raising three daughters who grew up on the banks of the Mystic River, she devoted significant time to civic affairs and giving back to her community, a value she learned from her father, a doctor who went missing for days while treating patients in the aftermath of the 1938 Hurricane. Grover V. Lassen Jr., "Bud" to everyone who knew him, passed away in 1992.
As an active volunteer, she achieved several firsts for women. Many times she was the first woman on a board of directors and in leadership positions. She served as president of Catholic Charities of Southeastern Connecticut and chairman of the board of Pine Point School in Stonington. She also was vice president of the Board of Managers of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where she served as a volunteer in the emergency room for more than 40 years and was president of the Hospital Auxiliary. She was also active in Girl Scouts, the American Cancer Society, Child and Family Agency, United Way, Mystic and Noank Library, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Visiting Nurses of Groton, and served as president of the Wellesley College Club of Southeastern Connecticut. For many years, she was a member of the Mason's Island Yacht Club.
She and her husband lived in Connecticut until 1982, when they moved to Sarasota, Fla. There she continued her volunteer efforts, serving as secretary and board member of the New College Library Association, was active in and served on the board of Selby Garden Associates, and president of the Wellesley College Club of Sarasota. She was a dedicated member of the community at Plymouth Harbor.
She is survived by three daughters, Jane Lassen Bobruff and her husband, Neal M. Bobruff, of Stonington, Mary M. Lassen and her husband, Martin Liebowitz, of Washington, D.C., and Ann Dunn Lassen, also of Washington, D.C. Her granddaughter, Sarah Lassen Liebowitz and husband, Jonah R. Lehrer, and great-granddaughter, Rose Dunn Lehrer, live in Los Angeles; and her grandson, David Lassen Liebowitz and his wife, Nora M. Dowley, live in Boston.
Honoring her Irish heritage, there will be a wake from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 21, at her daughter's home, 22 Al Harvey Road, Stonington. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on March 22, at St. Mary's Church, 95 Main St., Stonington.
Please do not send flowers. Donations in Jenny's memory may be made to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Development Fund, c/o Office of Development, 365 Montauk Ave., New London, CT 06320 or Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc., 1515 South Osprey Ave., Suite B4, Sarasota, FL 34239, earmarked for Community Medical Clinic.
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Published in The Day on Mar. 5, 2014