Coralee Whitcomb
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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.


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Published in The Cape Codder from Dec. 20 to Dec. 27, 2011.
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January 4, 2012
Tucker~ I've erased my words 3 times and only knew about your Mom's passing tonight as I picked up the phone and called...then searched the internet...Your Mom was truley an amazing woman. Filled with all the good things a Mom could possibly be. She was a good friend to me. Her personality traits were so viabrant and endearing....I loved her in that yellow coat. I still have the white flannel nightgown she made me for Christmas about 15 years ago and will treasure it always. With Much Love Tucker. Fondly, Sue from Braintree.
Sue Lafoe
December 29, 2011
The world has lost a warm and loving woman. I knew Coralee through the Wellness Community. We gathered together to help each other with our shared experiences with cancer. It was the point we came together, but to Coralee it was more. She took the time to look past our cancers to see the individual.
In a time where everything seemed alien and unfamiliar, Coralee gave me back my humanity.
She has touched my heart. I will miss her so very much.
My support and sympathy go out to her friends and family in this time...
Harriet Taylor-Thorpe
December 29, 2011
To the family: Tucker, I still remember your mom bringing you to school as a baby. And I remember your mom as a student. Today, I remember her as a great lady, pushing powerfully and convincingly for the things she believed in. She accomplished a great deal in her too-short life and still found time to share love with her family and friends. She was a woman of great courage and warmth. I miss her terribly!
Irv Englander
December 27, 2011
Tucker, I knew your mom through many of her community technology involvements, primarily in the 80's and 90's. From Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility to Virtually Wired to the Boston Computer Society, she made major contributions across a wide range of projects and dimensions in the developing arena of applying emerging technology to community venues. She was a smart, vibrant, and exciting activist and contributor to that world who left an indelible mark. I know my life is richer from having known her. ----peter
Peter Miller
December 27, 2011
LAST LECTURE WITH MEMBERS OF CIS DEPARTMENT
THIS IS A PHOTO FROM CORALEE'S LAST LECTURE AT BENTLEY UNIVERSITY. PICTURED ARE HER FRIENDS FROM THE CIS DEPARTMENT (PAST AND RECENT) SHE WAS LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER.
LOVE, JUNE
JUNE DiMATTIA
December 27, 2011
THIS IS A PHOTO OF CORALEE TAKEN WHEN SHE FIRST STARTED AT BENTLEY 25 YEARS AGO! SHE WAS AN AMAZING WOMAN AND THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE SHE WAS IN IT.
LOVE, JUNE
JUNE DiMATTIA
December 27, 2011
BENTLEY-WITH COLEEN & JUNE
DEAR TUCKER,

I HAVE KNOWN YOUR MOM FOR 25 YEARS. SINCE THE VERY FIRST DAY SHE ARRIVED AT BENTLEY COLLEGE, A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WITH LONG BLOND HAIR, NAMED CORALEE LINDEMUTH. SHE HAD SUCH AN OUTGOING PERSONALITY. WE HAD AN IMMEDIATE CONNECTION. SHE WAS A BURST OF FRESH AIR IN EVERYTHING SHE DID. HER ENTHUSIASM WAS CONTAGIOUS.

I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE BORN TUCKER. THE CIS DEPARTMENT WAS SO EXCITED. CORALEE WAS A WONDERFUL MOTHER TO YOU. ALWAYS SO PROUD OF YOU, AND RIGHTLY SO.

OUR FRIENDSHIP CONTINUED AFTER MY RETIREMENT IN 1995. WE STAYED IN TOUCH AND KEPT UP ON ALL THE EVENTS IN OUR LIVES.
THEN THE DAY CAME FOR MY CORALEE'S LAST LECTURE. YOU COULD FEEL THE LOVE AND ADMIRATION EMANATING FROM THE ROOM. CORALEE WAS ELOQUENT, EXPRESSIVE AND HUMOROUS. SHE NEVER STOPPED LEARNING AND EDUCATING HERSELF IN SO MANY AREAS. THIS IS WHAT MADE HER THE CONSUMMATE PROFESSOR. EVEN AT HER “LAST LECTURE” SHE WAS TEACHING US WHAT WAS BEST TO SAY AND DO FOR ANYONE WHO IS DEALING WITH CANCER. SHE WAS STILL MANAGING TO GIVE BACK!

CORALEE EXPRESSED TO ME HOW REWARDING HER “LAST LECTURE” WAS FOR HER. SHE SAID: “NO ONE HAS EVER HAD A MORE SATISFYING WAY TO WRAP UP A CAREER, AND TO FINALLY SHOW THIS SIDE OF MY LIFE TO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. IT WAS AMAZING TO LOOK OUT AT ALL THE FACES OF PEOPLE I LOVE. I NEVER IMAGINED SOMETHING COULD MEAN SO MUCH TO ME.”

I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME, BUT I ALWAYS KEPT PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE. CORALEE ALWAYS SOUNDED UPBEAT WHEN I SPOKE TO HER. THAT WAS HER WAY. GOD LOVE HER.

I LOVE YOU CORALEE LINDEMUTH WHITCOMB . . . YOU WERE A WONDERFUL FRIEND, AND I WILL MISS YOU EVERY DAY GOING FORWARD. YOU TOO, WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE SAME PLACE IN MY HEART!

YOU WILL HAVE THE LOVE OF EVERYONE WHO EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING YOU RIGHT THERE WITH YOU!

MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU TUCKER, AND ALL THE FAMILY.

LOVE, JUNE
JUNE DiMATTIA
December 22, 2011
Coralee was such a strong and beautiful person. She dealt with her illness with such courage and optimism for so long. I am honored to have known her. Susan Glover, co-worker at Bentley University
December 21, 2011
Lee was an extrodinary woman. She will be missed and loved always!

LOVE, Mary, Heather and Connie
Mary Connolly
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