BEVERLY (BROOKS) FLOE
1923 - 2018
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FLOE, Beverly (Brooks) Of Bedford, died peacefully at home on January 1, 2018. She was born on May 5, 1923, in Montclair, NJ, the daughter of the late Edward Pennell Brooks and Carol Wright Brooks. Raised in Hinsdale, IL, she attended Abbott Academy and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude from Swarthmore College in 1945.

Always an adventurous spirit, she set off alone around the world beginning in the late 1940s, working as a freelance journalist and making the most of her travels to pursue adventures, dispatching journalism and salt water crocodiles with equal efficiency. Returning to the US, she became an editor of the MIT Press, marrying Dr. Carl Floe, longtime MIT professor, in 1954.

She is survived by their two sons, Charles Floe of Dubai and Austria and his wife Sonja Floe-Campbell, and Jonathan Floe and his partner James Craft of Naples, Florida, and stepdaughter, Joan Holdgate of Nantucket. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Dr. Hilary Floe of London, UK; Dr. Christina Floe also of London, as well as Alexandra Floe, Nicholas Floe and Cameron Floe, who are pursuing their ongoing educations under their grandmother's proud and watchful eye and to whom she was entirely devoted. She was the sister of Carol Pihl and of Robert Brooks, both deceased.

A deeply rooted advocate of excellence in education, particularly for women, she was a founding member and lifelong supporter of the Abbott Academy Association, which she advocated at the time of Abbot's merger into Phillips Academy Andover. A broad passion for the arts led to support for many artists, in particular the renowned American sculptor, Bruce Beasley, but also very broad support of music, photography, even extending to the prehistoric caves at Lascaux, France. Fiercely independent-minded and intellectually curious until her final day, she will be deeply missed.

Arrangements will be made for a Memorial Service in late Spring, with announcement to follow. More info: shawsheenfuneralhome.com

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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2018.
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January 13, 2018
Bev was truly an angel in my life. I will miss her so. My deepest condolences to her treasured children and grandchildren.
Sally Sanford
January 11, 2018
I have a small file box filled with photos of many of my mother's paintings. Going through them I pulled out photos of each of your paintings, a couple of Uncle Carl and a couple of your beloved mother. Here is one. My mother's note on the back reads "75 revision." Bebe was an extraordinary woman and I'll always cherish the memories I have of my visits to Belmont, Annesquam, and the farm in West Virginia. She was so good to me; my Godmother. Thinking of you both and sending much love. Susan Brooks
Susan Brooks
January 11, 2018
I have a small file box filled with photos of many of my mother's paintings. Going through them I pulled out photos of each of your paintings, a couple of Uncle Carl and a couple of your beloved mother. Here is one and my mother's note on the back reads "75 revision." Bebe was an extraordinary woman and I'll always cherish the memories I have of my visits to Belmont, Annisquam and the farm in West Virginia. She was so good to me, my Godmother. Thinking of you both. Sending much love and comforting thoughts. Susan Brooks
January 11, 2018
What a wonderful person! Heaven became a better place when she arrived.
Sandy Floe
January 9, 2018
Dear Jonathan, Charles and Joan;You and your entire family are in our hearts and prayers. Mark Riley and David Bogin, Naples, Florida
Mark Riley
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