Selma Baron

Selma (Chelly) Baron, former long-time resident of Lexington, passed away on December 18, 2012, at the age of 83, in Potomac, Maryland,after an extended illness. Between 1957 and 2003, Chelly lived on Gould Road with her late beloved husband, Dr. Judson R. Baron, formerly a Professor of Aeronautics at MIT. Chelly received a degree in occupational therapy from New York University. She went on to star in amateur theatre as part of the MIT Players, including playing Greek drama in the roles of Antigone and Medea. During her time in Lexington, she was an accomplished ceramicist and maker of one-of-a-kind jewelry. She was a founding partner of The Village Artisans, a unique gift store originally established in 1968 by twelve creative women artists, and located for many years at Depot Square. Chelly was honored to receive recognition as Massachusetts M.S. Chapter Volunteer of the Year in 1991 for her work with others afflicted with the disease, having been diagnosed with MS herself while in her 40s. Chelly was the daughter of the late Hyman and Esther Wasserman of New York City. When she was 17, she met her future husband Jud, just after he had returned from WWIIs European theatre as a handsome, decorated war veteran. On one of their first dates, they went flying in an open cockpit biplane. The two were married in 1949, and stayed together for 54 years until his passing in 2003. Along the way, in 1974 they ventured on safari to Kenya and Tanzania, which she considered one of the highlights of her life. Chelly was also predeceased by her younger son, Jeffrey, in 2010. She is survived by her son Jason, daughter-in-law Robin, and granddaughter Rachel, of Bethesda, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made at the following memorial web page of the New England Chapter of the MS Society, see http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Chelly_Baron


Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Dec. 22 to Dec. 29, 2012