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Brigitte Graneau

1932 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Brigitte Graneau Obituary
Mrs. Brigitte Graneau of Concord, MA, died on Monday August 13th at Emerson Hospital in Concord. She was born on October 22nd, 1932 in Stuttgart, Germany where her father was an eminent psychiatric physician. Her family moved to the UK before World War II, where she grew up in Nottingham. While studying at Nottingham University, she also worked for the British Council, specifically facilitating foreign students to study in the UK. She also became a Fellow of the Royal Linguists Club where she met her future husband, Dr. Peter Graneau and they were eventually married in 1955. They moved to London where she was able to immerse herself in the vast art scene and she engaged with many galleries and artists and started her lifelong interest in promoting fine art and artists, specifically painting and sculpture. She had her only child, Neal in 1963 and the family moved to Concord, MA in 1967 as her husband had been invited to help in Lady Bird Johnsons Highway Beautification programme in the development of underground high voltage electricity transmission. Falling in love with the local woods and rivers, they settled in Conantum where they lived until 2011 when they moved to Newbury Court. When her son eventually returned to study and live in the UK in the 1980s, she loved to divide her time between Concord and London where she had a small, but art ladened apartment. She became a Reader at the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford and arranged many exhibitions in London including a very dramatic show of Concord artist, Dorothy Arnolds work at a very grand London gallery. She was also engaged in many activities at Boston Symphony Orchestra including fund raising with her slogan Art in Support of Art. Recently she became involved with promoting several British sculptors whose works now reside at the Yale Center for British Art. While her husband and son did their best to assist her artistic ventures, she was much more vigorous in her support of their mutual and distinct scientific careers, for which she provided immense strength, and filled them with the inner confidence that only a very loving person can provide. The family spent many winter months reuniting on a small Bahamian island called Little Exuma, which was always their deeply spiritual and rejuvenating source of vigour with which to return to Concord and the UK and pursue their projects. While living in Newbury Court for the last 7 years, she continued to pursue her promotion of the arts and also helped to set up a Distinguished Speaker Series that included leaders in many fields including science, economics and humanities including Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners. She also arranged art loans and provided the campus with many beautiful and appreciated sculptures and paintings. She will be sadly missed. She is survived by her son, Dr. Neal Graneau, who currently resides in the UK. A small private graveside service was held on August 17th and there will be a memorial service for all of her friends to attend to be held in the Duvall Chapel at Newbury Court on October 13th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a remembrance or to send a condolence in her online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Concord Journal from Aug. 17 to Aug. 30, 2018
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