Coralee (Lee) Lindemuth Whitcomb, 61, of Wellfleet, Massachusetts died peacefully at her beloved Wellfleet home on December 11, 2011. A lifelong summer resident of Wellfleet, she had become a permanent resident in October of 2009 following her retirement from Bentley University in Waltham. At Bentley for more than twenty-five years as a member of the Computer Information Systems department, she both taught undergraduate computer science courses and served as Academic Integrity Coordinator for the University. As a long time director and president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, an international non-profit organization, she was actively engaged in the global debate concerning issues of internet privacy and freedom of access, among others. In the 1990s, she directed the Boston center Virtually Wired, which provided internet access to the urban homeless population of the city, a cause she championed with determination and passion. A graduate of Ohio University and Bentley University, she was a 1968 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and maintained close connections with a large group of dear friends from those years, returning every spring for Blossom Time. In Wellfleet, she quickly became an active member of the community, volunteering at both Preservation Hall and the Wellfleet Public Library and building an ever-broadening circle of loving friends. Colorful and creative, Lee radiated energy and enthusiasm in everything she did and with everyone she loved. Her family, her students, her friends, her garden and her home all reflect the love and vitality she brought to every facet of her life. She will be remembered by all for her extraordinary generosity of spirit and dynamic presence. She is survived by her son Tucker and his sister Sarah, her mother, Carolyn Mills Lindemuth, her sister Katherine Lindemuth and her niece and nephew Morgan Costanzo (Mike) and Benjamin Lindemuth-McRobie. A memorial gathering and celebration of her life will be held at 11 am on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Main Street, Wellfleet, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to remember Lee with a gift send a contribution to Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Attn: Coralee Whitcomb Memorial, 335 Main Street, PO Box 3024, Wellfleet, MA, 02667.
Published in The Cape Codder from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27, 2011.