Lorraine Enid Tolman of Acton died Monday, March 4, 2013, in the Life Care Center in Acton. She was born in Cambridge on June 14, 1920, a daughter of the late Dean J. and Amy K. (Richardson) Tolman. Lorraine served as a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. She graduated from Boston University in 1957 with a PhD in Library Science. Dr. Tolman was a professor in Boston University's School of Education and Librarian at B.U., and was named to the Hall of Fame for the New England Educational Media Association, advocating for the association and for school libraries in New England, and writing grants for Boston University that allowed gifted teachers to leave the classroom and become certified librarians. She was also awarded the Ida M. Johnson Alumni Award in 1999. Later in life, Dr. Tolman volunteered at the Council on Aging in Wellesley, and as the church librarian at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. She was an intrepid swimmer, tennis player and walker, and participated for many years in the "Walk for Hunger". She enjoyed spending summers in Maine. She leaves several cousins and friends especially her friends and staff at Life Care of Acton where she lived for several years. A service celebrating her life will be held on Monday morning, March 11th, 2013 at 10 am at the Wallace Chapel, Wellesley HIlls Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills. A memorial tea will follow the service. Interment will be in Harrison, Maine at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calvary Community Church, P.O. Box 95, 77 Main Street, Harrison, ME 04040. To offer condolences online, please visit www. joycefuneralhome.com.
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from Mar. 8 to Mar. 15, 2013