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Lynda Franklin Farago

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Lynda Franklin Farago Lynda Franklin Farago NEWTON Lynda Franklin Farago, described by a friend as, the greatest life force Ive ever met, Lynda Farago died at home on January 9, 2010, at the age of 58, after a four-year battle with endometrial cancer. Born in Newton, NJ, Lynda attended Arts H.S. in Newark, NJ, then moved to Massachusetts. She graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor degree in psychology and from Northeastern University with a masters degree in Pharmacology. After several research positions at the B.U. Medical Center and the Shriners Hospital, she transitioned to working on Human Resources systems. At the New England Medical Center, she grew to become Vice President of Human Resources. Later, she served as Sr. Vice President at State Street Corporation, where she implemented global HR and Benefits systems, and subsequently worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in a similar area. Throughout these positions, she was mentor and advocate, helping countless young women grow and find their strengths to become successful professionals in their own right. Lyndas energy and enthusiasm spread far beyond the work place She was also effective and successful in leadership positions in several non-profit groups, including the Food Project and the First Unitarian Society in Newton. An avid gardener, Lynda cultivated color and creativity, and her friends gardens abound with flowers and plants that she gifted. Lynda was also an accomplished quilter, a gourmet cook, and a lover of music, books, jazzercise, dance, travel and the outdoors. Lynda had a wide circle of friends, who remember her for her compassion, caring, generosity, inclusiveness, energy, wit and bawdy humor. But above all, she loved the family she built and nurtured: daughters Anna and Julie, sons-in-law John and Damin, and her husband and best friend of 35 years, Peter. A poignant blessing, Lyndas first grandchild, Sophia, was born three weeks early, just a week before Lyndas death but in time for Lynda to hold her in her arms. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St, West Newton, MA on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM. Donations in memory of Lynda Farago may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute or to the First Unitarian Society in Newton.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22, 2010
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