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HOPKINTON - Anne Longley Slusser, 90, of Putney Hill Road, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.

Anne Longley, born in Lynn, Mass., on Oct. 27, 1922, was the youngest of two daughters and the fifth child of Robert Dalton Longley and Amanda (Robinson) Longley.

Anne spent her childhood years in the town of her birth, graduating from Lynn High School in June 1940. Thereafter, she left home to attend Dean Junior College in Franklin, Mass., receiving, with honors, an associate degree in business administration in 1942.

Upon graduation, she accepted a job in the personnel department at the Radiation Laboratory at MIT. The lab was in the midst of recruiting, from across the country, the best and the brightest engineering talent for the purpose of developing radar in support of the World War II effort. It was there, in 1942, that she met a young physicist from Colorado, Eugene (Gene) Slusser.

Anne and Gene became engaged in March 1943, and married on Oct. 2 of that same year. Three children were born: sons Robert Alvin in 1945 and Jon Frederic in 1947 and daughter Carolyn Anne in 1958.

At the war's end, the couple moved to Denver, so Gene could complete his studies at the University of Denver. Subsequent moves to Babylon and Glen Head, N.Y., were followed by a one-year relocation to Pembroke prior to their final settlement in the town of Hopkinton in June 1954.

Anne was a 58-year resident of Hopkinton, the New England town she so loved. During this time, she actively participated, and in many causes took a leadership role, in numerous community-related programs.

She was the architect of "Dial-a-Ride" for senior citizens, a program that has been copied nationwide. For this she received the Sears Foundation Award of Excellence.

In affiliation with St. Andrews Episcopal Church, she co-founded the Second Chance Boutique, a thrift store located in the center of Hopkinton Village.

She was a lifetime member and past president of the Hopkinton Woman's Club.

She founded and owned a gourmet food boutique, Companies Coming in Concord.

She was a silent but very influential partner, with her husband, in the formation and growth of Aerotronic Associates Inc., an electronics company that grew up on the banks of the Contoocook River to become a major employer in the area.

Anne, with her husband, Gene, was a generous philanthropist, contributing to numerous causes over the years. Most commonly known are:

• The Slusser Senior Center in Hopkinton,

• The Slusser Aviation Learning Center (N.H. Aviation Museum) in Manchester,

• The Slusser Center for the Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association (CRVNA),

• The Slusser Oncology Suite at Concord Hospital,

• The Eugene & Anne Slusser Gallery at the Hopkinton Historical Society, and

• The Slusser Youth Center (Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinton).

She is survived by her sons, Rob Slusser and his wife, Nancy, of Anacortes, Wash., and Jon Slusser and his wife, Cheryl, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her daughter, Carolyn of Great Barrington, Mass.; granddaughter Laura Hartwig and husband Shawn of Arizona; grandson Jon Slusser Jr. and his wife, Colleen, of Arizona; and three great-grandsons, Jonathan Slusser, Zachary and Noah Henderson.


services: Visiting hours will not be held. A celebration of life will be held in the April/May time frame.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: CRVNA, 30 Pillsbury St., Concord 03301, or to Dial-a-Ride of Hopkinton, P.O. Box 83, Contoocook, 03229.

Published in Union Leader on Feb. 17, 2013