Alice E. Washburn, 44, of Medford, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at Massachusetts General Hospital, of acute respiratory distress syndrome. She was born in Worcester Feb. 21, 1967, daughter of Stewart P. Washburn of Portland, Maine, and the late Josephine (Foster) Washburn. She graduated from Dartmouth High School and studied psychology at American International College in Springfield and Clark University in Worcester. She worked at various times as a software tester and proprietor of an herbal products business. She was a passionate fan of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy), and an active participant in conventions including Arisia, Boskone and Readercon. She was a frequent volunteer and helped organize filk (music) events connected with that community, where she went by the nickname Badger. Survivors, besides her father, include her partner of 20 years, Jeremy Parsons of Medford; a sister, Patricia J. Washburn of Portland, Maine; an uncle, David T. Washburn of New York; a nephew, Julian Hreczuck of Blackstone; many cousins and a valued community of friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at the MIT Chapel in Cambridge, with reception to follow at the MIT Student Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Fund, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or http://give.massgeneral.org; or to the Carl Brandon Society, http://carlbrandon.org.
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Published in The Medford Transcript from December 29, 2011 to January 5, 2012