Florence Trefethen

Florence Trefethen of Lexington, MA died on the 1st of March. She was born in Philadelphia in 1921, the daughter of Emma and Otto Newman, and graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls and Bryn Mawr College. During World War II, she her husband, Lloyd MacGregor Trefethen, served as U. S. naval officers. When the war ended they both attended Cambridge University for advanced degrees. Mrs. Trefethen lived in Lexington for 57 years. During that time, she taught English at Tufts University, the Northeastern University Graduate School and the Radcliffe Seminars. She spent 18 years at Harvard University as Executive Editor for the Council of East Asian Studies. Her column, The Poets Workshop was a bi-monthly feature in The Writer, when that magazine was published in Boston. In retirement, Mrs. Trefethen served as a volunteer docent at the Harvard University Art Museums and as Manuscript Editor of the Radcliffe Culinary Times. She is survived by her sister, Jane Poston of Tucson, Arizona; her daughter, Gwyned Trefethen of Appleton, Wisconsin and her husband, Dana Eagles; her son Lloyd Nicholas Trefethen of Oxford, England and his wife Kate McLoughlin; four grandchildren | Miranda Wojnar of Tolland, Connecticut and Adrian Eagles of Millis, Massachusetts; Emma and Jacob Trefethen and their mother Anne Trefethen of Oxford, England; and three great-grandsons, Andrew, Matthew and Benjamin Wojnar. Burial is private. There will be a memorial service and reception on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Brookhaven at Lexington. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Friends of the Library, Bryn Mawr College.


Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10, 2012