LLOYD LILLIE
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LILLIE, Lloyd Formerly of Newton, passed away Sunday, 23 Feb., 2020, at the age of 87, of complications from pneumonia. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Barbara (Bailey) Lillie, his daughters Nina Lillie LeDoyt, Lisa Taylor, his sons-in-law Timothy Taylor, Bruce LeDoyt, stepbrother Thomas Scanlan, his 3 granddaughters Lillie, Samantha and Cassandra, and daughter-in-law Coleen Smith. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Tacoma Park, MD, his love of art was encouraged at an early age by family members. "Growing up with my grandparents, they had me drawing by the age of 5," Lloyd once explained to a local writer. "My grandfather made me flip-card movies, and I used to make my own comic books from movies he'd take me to see. As I grew up, I was encouraged to do more with art by my teachers and eventually got my first job as a sculptor at age 20." From Maryland, after serving a tour of duty with the US Army as a band member during the Korean War, he moved to Newton with his wife Barbara to pursue his passion for art. An Honors graduate of the Museum of Fine Arts school, Lloyd also studied at other prestigious art schools such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Lloyd served on the Boston University faculty for thirty-four years and was Professor of Art for twenty-one of them, teaching art and sculpture. He remained in touch with many of his former students, several of whom worked with him on some of his various commissions. His vast body of work includes many life-sized bronze sculptures of prominent people in multiple cities in the US, as well as in Mexico and Istanbul. His biggest commission was "The First Wave" exhibit at the Woman's Rights National Park in Seneca Falls, NY, which contained 20 life-sized statues, including the 5 women (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Martha Wright, Mary Ann M'Clinlock and Jane Hunt) who organized the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848. Other notable Public Commissions of Lloyd's include John Adams, Abigail and John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Booker T. Washington, as well as "local" historical figures such as Red Auerbach, Mayor D'Alesandro (Former Mayor of Baltimore), and Mayor James Michael Curley. Two of Lloyd's commissions in particular are noteworthy for their poignancy. In the first, titled Chess Players, Lloyd used his father, Alfred Lillie, and his son, Warren Lillie as the models, and the second, titled Children Reading, Lloyd used two of his granddaughters as the models. His work for the National Parks Service for 40+ years includes quite the eclectic range, everything from a diorama depicting the signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard the Mayflower in Provincetown, MA, to a life-sized horse with Teddy Roosevelt on its back in the Teddy Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND. His artistic talents ranged from sculpture to drawing to painting, and included an ability to create virtually any figure in his daughters and granddaughters favorite medium, pancake batter. He is the recipient of sculpture awards at the National Sculpture Society and the National Academy of Design. Lloyd loved to travel with Barbara, and made many lasting friendships in the various countries they visited. As well as his artistry, Lloyd was an accomplished Jazz musician who loved music, was an inveterate pianist and was known for enticing others to come up and play a tune with him. He loved to entertain, and was known for epic parties at his home, which always included music. Typically, it would be Lloyd tickling the ivories with a Martini perched on top of the piano, and Barbara keeping time with a snare drum and brushes. His generosity, fantastic sense of humor and love of life will be deeply missed by the many friends and family who all shared the gifts this man had to give. A Memorial will be held at Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St., NEWTON, MA 02458, on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 12 – 3pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that folks donate to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Lloyd's Memory. Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home Newton Corner 617-244-2034


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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 28 to Mar. 4, 2020.
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April 6, 2020
I remember Lloyd taking us (the senior sculpture class) downstairs to the music dept. and finding us all instruments to play while he "tickled the ivories". Such fun! He will be missed! I was also a sculpture major in the class of 1974.
David Randall
March 15, 2020
I remember wonderful days in his clsses during the 60's. He was a great teacher and wonderful artist. My heart goes out to his family as at my age- there are many losses. His memory will live in the hearts and creativity of many of his students
March 12, 2020
Lloyd was my sculpture teacher at B.U. (I graduated in '74) and also a friend. I am saddened to hear of his deathhe has frequently been in my thoughts over the years since I last saw him. Barbara, Nina, and LisaI extend my deep condolences. Lloyd was a wonderful, inspiring, and encouraging teacher, a talented sculptor, a fun person to be with, and a darned good pianist! He was full of enthusiasm and life. I always enjoyed visiting with Lloyd and Barbara and their kids at their home in Newton, and getting to see what he was up to in his studio. Thank you, Lloydyou will be missed.
Susan Wood
Student
March 8, 2020
Lloyd was a great sculptor, a wonderful teacher, a talented musician, and a gracious host with his wonderful wife, Barbara. To be in his presence was an experience that was always memorable and filled with joy. How he will be missed.....Heartfelt condolences to Barbara and his daughters and fondest wishes from,
Lorraine Shemesh
March 6, 2020
Some lasting friendships were made in your sculpture class at Boston University in the 80s, not to mention the one I had with you Thank you
Jack Carney
Student
March 5, 2020
Mr. Lillie - i mean Lloyd - how you charmed and entertained us all! You are a favorite childhood presence. I am so sorry you have been sick. Rest in peace, Lots of Love, MariaE
Maria Emilsson
March 4, 2020
The epitome of a man with real joie de vivre. Such a big heart, and incredible talent. Love you, Uncle Lloyd.
Mary
March 3, 2020
Lloyd was my Sculpting Professor my senior year at BU (many years ago, 1987-88). He was always so full of energy and enthusiasm to impart his knowledge and share his talent with all who were interested in trying. I wish his family and friends comfort and peace in your hearts. My condolences to all.
Oluf Hartvigson
Student
March 3, 2020
Lloyd will be missed and a segment of creativity has been taken from this Earth with his passing.
Oluf Hartvigson
March 2, 2020
Mr. Lillie,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
Mike Casey(former Ma resident)
March 1, 2020
Fellow Sculptor, he shall be missed... we have missed him for years since they left Newton.
Penelope Jencks
March 1, 2020
Lloyd was my neighbour for almost 40 years. He brought lots of life and lots of fun to our little street.
I always enjoyed summertime when our windows were open and he would be playing piano; it was like a free concert!
My condolences to Nina and Lisa and their families.
George MacGillivray
February 29, 2020
Mr. Lillie was one of a "kind" he was fun, creative, loving and silly all wrapped into one...I can still hear him humming as he jammed on the piano...you will be missed Mr. Lillie...another Maple Ave/Circle has gone to be with the best of them...
Cheryl Boemer
Friend
February 28, 2020
mr Lillie was my favorite other father...funny charming loved life caring creative and always made you feel special... your jamming with Barabra gave a whole another meaning my heart aches missing another Maple Ave/Circle person.
February 28, 2020
So sorry to learn of Mr. Lillie's passing.
Condolences to his family.
He was a neighborhood treasure and an all around great neighbor.
I will always remember Chirstmas caroling with with him leading the pack of kids and adults, as he played the accordion.
Kath Madden
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