ELIZABETH ALLING SEWALL
{ "" }
Share
Share ELIZABETH's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Sewall, Elizabeth Alling
48, died on September 1, 2012 from metastatic breast cancer. Elizabeth's life with this difficult disease was marked by perseverance, grace, and care for others, especially her sons, Scott and Duncan, and her husband, Gordon. A devoted mother, wife, daughter and friend, Elizabeth was also an extraordinary colleague with an established record of excellence in fund-raising. She held leadership roles at Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA), Westminster School (Simsbury, CT) and, most recently, she was the director of advancement at the Fessenden School in West Newton where she led the most successful campaign in the school's history. Born to Cynthia Sykes Alling and the late Duncan Wells Alling, and spent her early years in Charlottesville, VA. Elizabeth was a graduate of Miami Valley School (Dayton, OH), Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a volunteer leader at Yale and chaired her 25th reunion in May 2011. Elizabeth managed many crucial volunteer efforts at Milton Academy in support of Scott (Class of 2010), Duncan (Class of 2013), and her husband, who serves as assistant head of school. "Elizabeth built a large community of admirers," Gordon notes, "in both the personal and the professional sides of her life. People universally felt an authentic connection with Elizabeth, one that reflected their awareness of her genuine concern for their needs and interests. That care, coupled with her honesty and directness, made Elizabeth an excellent advisor and a guiding light for countless colleagues and friends." Elizabeth worked hard to understand and manage her own disease and, in the end, she helped advance the research work of her doctors at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Eric Winer and Dr. Elgene Lim. She was inspired by hope that the progress they are making against breast cancer will benefit the next generation of women and their families. To honor that commitment, her family has established the Elizabeth Alling Sewall Endowment Fund at Dana Farber. The family respectfully requests that memorial gifts be made to the Elizabeth's endowment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, Attn: Dr. Eric Winer. Elizabeth leaves her husband Gordon, her sons Scott and Duncan of Milton, her Mother Cynthia Alling of Charlottesville, VA and her brother Greg and his family of Manila, Philippines as well as many other beloved family members and friends. There will be a celebration of her life at St. Michael's Church, 112 Randolph Avenue at 2:00 on September 30 with a reception at the Schwarz Student Center at Milton Academy to follow.


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Boston Globe from Sep. 5 to Sep. 6, 2012.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
17 entries
November 13, 2012
Dear Sewall and Alling Families,
I was so sad to hear that Elizabeth had passed away. I grew up with Elizabeth in Charlottesville and followed her brave struggle with cancer through my godmother Elizabeth Howard. Elizabeth has always been a special person, sharing her light and happiness with the world around her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, particularly with her wonderful mother Cynthia. Elizabeth will always be remembered and loved by me and the Sims family. Sincerely, Kathryn Sims Cross
Kathryn Sims Cross
October 16, 2012
My deepest sympathy to Gordon, Scott and Duncan. I am overwhelmed to hear this news. I remember Elizabeth well, her easy smile, genuine caring manner, and friendliness. I miss her. May God comfort and strengthen you at this time.
Dan Jordan
October 1, 2012
I was deeply saddened to learn that you have lost Elizabeth. She brought a ready good humor, grace and energy to Milton and brightened any day on which our paths crossed. She lives on in the hearts and lives she touched with her kindness and hard work. My thoughts are with you.
David Peck
September 27, 2012
My prayers are with you, Gordon, Scott and Duncan. Life has shown me that one receives tremendous support from the many memories one carries of one's loved one each new day. Our world has been so enriched with the presence of Elizabeth although for an all too short a time.
Joan L McKeown
September 27, 2012
I am deeply saddened by Elizabeth's passing. She was a terrific mentor who shared her time and talents with our staff at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Her grace and determination inspired me during my personal battele with cancer. She will be missed.
Chris Cronin
September 19, 2012
Gordon, Scott and Duncan....we love you so very much and are holding you in our hearts. Elizabeth was an amazing woman and profoundly inspirational. Love to you, Jo Jo and Craig
JoJo McBain
September 17, 2012
Gordie, My deepest sympathy (Steve Hardy told me). Ed Patch
September 13, 2012
Dear Cynthia...Gene and I were saddened to hear the news of Elizabeth.She fought a courageous battle. I remember so well us talking about it at Ash Lawn. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the months ahead. Take care.. Gene and Dorothy Shiflett...Earlysville, Va.
Dorothy Shiflett
September 11, 2012
Gordon, Scott, and Duncan,
I was so very, very sorry to hear that Elizabeth had died. She did so well for so long, and she was such an upbeat person; an inspiration to all of us. Her loss is profound, and our sympathy goes to you all who will miss her so much. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all.
Ellie and Dick Griffin
Ellie Griffin
September 11, 2012
To The Sewall Family,

Sincerest condolences for your loss and prayers for Elizabeth's family and friends. As a family that deals with the effects of breast cancer on a daily basis we are acutely aware of your suffering as well as the many contributions Elizabeth and your family have made to combat this affliction. I know that all your friends in the Lawrence Academy family mourn your loss.
Richard Johnson
September 9, 2012
Gordon,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Elizabeth's courage and energy will forever inspire me. You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
Jill Hoffman (Guihan), RN BWH
September 8, 2012
Elizabeth will always live on as an inspirational soul, and a truly warm hearted, lovely lady, wife and mother.
with deep sympathy,
Scott and Amy Stevens
September 7, 2012
Gordon, Scott and Duncan
I am so sorry for your loss. Elizabeth was such a Beautiful Lady and I am so glad to have known her. Sadly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Carmel McCarron
Carmel McCarron
September 6, 2012
Hi Gordon,
Lester and I have known Elizabeth and you through the Trinity family. All I can say that I am very sorry about Elizabeth. She was an amazing person and worked so hard to fight a severe disease. She accomplished so much in her career with very little effort involved.
Our thoughts are with the whole Alling/Sewall families.

Love,
Vivi and Lester Duke
September 6, 2012
Gordon, Scott, and Duncan,
We are heart-broken to hear this news! Elizabeth was such a wonderful woman and we always enjoyed our time with her. She will be missed and never forgotten.
You are in our prayers,
Karen, Bill, and Scott Bailey
Karen, Bill & Scott Bailey
September 6, 2012
Elaine and I were saddened by this news. But, her love of life has left a lasting impression. Sam & Elaine Park
September 6, 2012
Gordon, Scott and Duncan....we love you to pieces. Elizabeth's warmth and love burned so brightly for you, it will always remain. She was everything I always wanted to be. I am everything I am because of her. All of those she touched will continue to live in her light. xoxoxo - Joanna
Joanna McCarthy
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences