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Luva Mead Hoar


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Luva Mead Hoar Obituary
Hoar, Luva Mead
Luva Mead Hoar, 96 of Brimfield, Massachusetts, passed away on April 13, 2018, after a brief illness.
Luva was born in Quinebaug, Connecticut on October 16, 1921, the daughter of Earle Benjamin Mead and Cecelia Ellen Gaboury. Her father was a farmer, millwright, and carpenter. Growing up in the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s in the Quinebaug section of Thompson, CT, even as a child Luva was determined "to make an impact' with her life. She decided that becoming a teacher would be the way to do it. With a loan of $50 from a family member, she was able to enter Willimantic State Teachers' College (now Eastem Connecticut State University), Class of 1942, and begin a long career as an educator and public servant. Luva began her career in Middle Haddam, CT, teaching fifth and sixth graders in a two-room schoolhouse. She taught there for four years, before taking a short hiatus to marry Marc Baker and have two children, Jonathan and Pamela. During that time she also taught in an adult literacy program. After five or six years she returned to teaching, first in East Hampton and later in Portland, where she began 22 years of teaching children in second grade and kindergarten. She also worked for some time as a speech therapist in the Portland School System. Her first husband passed away in 1969. Luva married Col. John L. Hoar in 1974 and retired from teaching in 1977. During those years Luva also led an active civic life, which she continued after her retirement from teaching. In Portland, she was involved with the Democratic Town Committee, the Historical Society, the Portland Land Trust, and the Long-Range Capital Planning Commission. She served on the Library Building Committee for the new Portland Public Library, served as Chairman of the Library Board, and helped with the Friends of the Library. In 1994 Luva was named Middlesex County Distinguished Citizen of the Year. Her public service extended outside of Portland as well. From 1955 to 1980, she served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut State University Alumni Association, including two terms as president, from 1966 to 1969 and 1973 to 1975. She had been a member of the Board of Directors of the ECSU Foundation since 1975 and served as president from 1981 to 1983. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984, the ECSU Presidential Medal for Service to the University in 1989 and the ECSU Foundation Distinguished Donor Award in 2009. At the statewide level, Luva devoted a great deal of her time and energy to the whole Connecticut State University System. On its Board of Trustees from 1975 to 1995, she served on many of its committees and eight search committees for campus presidents and executive officers. Luva also was a member of the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education. In 1985, the Hartford Courant recognized Luva as the driving force behind volunteer efforts to help more of Connecticut's students afford a college education. The next year, she established the Luva Mead Hoar Endowed Scholarship at Eastern. It is presented to a junior or senior who has demonstrated commitment to the community as well as to the University. In 2001, the University recognized and thanked Luva for her years of service and unstinting support of Eastern and education in Connecticut by naming one of the then newest residence halls on campus Luva Mead Hall. Luva's service in all of these areas arose from her belief in the ordinary citizen as the foundation of society. She worked to maximize the opportunities for individual citizens to learn, to act, and to participate fully in a public life and society in which she never lost faith. Her legacy is those many students, readers, and citizens who benefited from her commitment to public service and her belief in the "common man." She would want you all to know that in her last days, her confidence in you and in the world you help to build remained unshaken.
Luva was predeceased by husband Marc Baker (1969), her son Jonathan (2002). and husband General John L. Hoar, as well as seven brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sisters Phyllis Tarullo and Cynthia Champion, her daughter Pamela Engberg and son-in-law Jim Engberg, her stepchildren Jackie and husband Joseph Lovett, Paul and wife Kathy Hoar, Elizabeth Doherty, Margaret and husband Mike Eck, Ann Adams, and Marilyn and husband Keith Emery, as well as many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Luva Mead Hoar Endowed Scholarship at Eastern (see htto//www.easternct.edu or call Joe McGann at 18601465-4514) with the checks made out to the ECSU Foundation, or to the Portland Public Library (htto://portlandlibrarvctorg/Gettinolnvolved/DonationS.aSo or 060) 342-6770).Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main Street, Portland, CT, followed by interment at Center cemetery, 55 Fairway Drive, Portland, CT. Guests are invited to a reception at the clubhouse at Quarry Ridge Golf Course 9 Rose Hill Road, Portland, following the burial.
Published in Middletown Press on May 11, 2018
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