Phoebe Dare Anderson McCarthy
1947 - 2017
May 24, 1947
December 13, 2017
McCarthy, Phoebe Dare Anderson LINCOLN, Mass. Phoebe Dare Anderson McCarthy of Lincoln, Mass., died unexpectedly on December 13, 2017, in Boston. She was born on May 24, 1947, in Troy to Sven Axel and Phoebe Dare Anderson. Her father was a professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her mother taught at Emma Willard School before becoming director of the Lansingburgh Resource Center. A graduate of Lansingburgh High School, she was editor of the school newspaper "The Beacon," studied music theory, and played clarinet and cello, earning a chair as a clarinetist in the New York State Youth Orchestra. She received her A.B. in Music magna cum laude from Vassar College and an A.M. from Harvard University, focusing on the Baroque composer Placidus von Camerloher. She pursued a career in the Massachusetts public schools, as a system-wide teacher of music in Concord and Melrose, where she later taught fourth-grade. She lived in Boston and Lexington before moving to Lincoln. On August 2, 1986, she married Stephen J. McCarthy in the Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington. Her son, Stephen, was born on their first anniversary. Her enthusiasm for arts education included coordinating summer programming for schoolchildren at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, serving on the Educators Advisory Council of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and selecting arts enrichment programs for Young Audiences of Massachusetts, of which she was a trustee. An avid horticulturalist, she volunteered for the Arnold Arboretum and served on the board of the New England Wildflower Society. She was a past president of the Lincoln and Junior League Garden Clubs and a keen flower arranger. She took delight in the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley, to which she frequently returned. In the summers, she enjoyed spending time on the water with family and friends in Friendship, Maine. She was often seen knitting and her original creations were greatly admired. Her thoughtfulness, creative spirit and kindness touched many lives. She is survived by her husband, Stephen J. McCarthy Sr., and her son, the Reverend Stephen J. McCarthy Jr., both of Lincoln; and her mother, Phoebe D. Anderson of Melrose. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, at St. Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall or the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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Published by Albany Times Union on Dec. 31, 2017.
147 Concord Rd. , Lincoln, Massachusetts
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I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Phoebe's sudden passing. I was looking forward to seeing her at our 50th reunion at Vassar next year. She will be greatly missed then as now. My condolences to her family.
Betsy Young
January 17, 2018
The Salpointe Catholic High School community extends deepest sympathy to the McCarthy family. You are in our prayers at this difficult time.
Salpointe Catholic High School
January 17, 2018
So sorry to learn of Phoebe's passing. It was a joy getting to know her and Steve as we worked on repairs to the house in Lincoln. Her humor and passion will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Steve and the whole family.

Lawrence and the Platt Team
Lawrence Howell
January 15, 2018
To a Dear and Special Friend. To a gentle, loving and caring Friend who left us too soon. Phoebe you have inspired so many of us in the Lexington Field & Garden Club. Thank you for coming in September with Steve. I did not know that when I said to you by coming "this was the best gift of the day that you have given to me", became the best gift forever. Thank you Mrs. Anderson, Steve, and Steven for sharing her with so many of us. Love
Christina Gamota
Family Friend
January 5, 2018
Amy and I were surprised to learn of Phoebe's passing. She was a vibrant woman, so excited by life, music, and the arts. I remember her giving us a plant, lamb's ear, to plant as good luck when we bought our house in Melrose, MA. I also remember her passion for knitting: she was outraged when officials threatened to seize her knitting needles at Heathrow Airport prior to our flight in 1998! We are thinking of Steve and Stephen.

Mike and Amy Salvatore
January 5, 2018
An exceptionally warm, outgoing person, Phoebe took wonderful care of her Mother and of her two men. We only knew her briefly but we will miss her. Judy, Tim and Jim Ullman
January 5, 2018
Our prayers for you and your family. Phoebe was an inspiration and will truly be missed.

The Klein's
Hannes Klein
January 5, 2018
May her memory be for a blessing.
Sharon Kalus
January 4, 2018
My deepest condolences to all Phoebe's family and friends. Phoebe was a person of amazing wisdom and strength. I was privileged to celebrate with her at our Vassar Class of 1969 70th birthday party and to share a number of conversations with her. May her memory be eternal. Our class will not be whole without her.

Elaine Frost Drakos
Elaine Drakos
January 4, 2018
It was a true pleasure and honor to be Phoebe's classmate, Vassar, 1969. She was a shining personality: intelligent, funny, friendly to all. I know I am lucky to have known her.
Leslie Friedman
December 31, 2017
Phoebe was an inspiration to so many of her Vassar classmates, including me! Phoebe lived a life full of grace and integrity. My sympathies to all who cherished her.
Wendy Kohler
December 31, 2017
The Lexington Field Garden Club was so sorry to learn of Phoebe's death. She certainly was an avid gardener and loved native plants- long before they became so popular. Her dedication and kindness will be sorely missed.

E. Ashley Rooney
Co-president of Lexington Field & Garden Club
December 29, 2017
Wonderful Friend. Phoebe will continue to inspire me in my environmental work She will be missed. Our sympathy and prayers to her family
Barbara Rothstein
December 27, 2017
So sorry to hear of Phoebes passing. Ellen and
I only heard from my mom Karen on Christmas. May you find peace knowing there is no more pain, and she is with her dad. Allen Yando and Ellen Wilson
Allen Yando
December 25, 2017
Our prayers are with you. God bless you at this time.
Love, Marion Steen and Stephen Gravitt
Marion Steen
Family Friend
December 24, 2017
Blessed to have been friends with Phoebe since our Vassar days. Truly a remarkable woman. She will be dearly missed. Amen
Alice Purington
December 24, 2017
May the God of comfort be with you at this time
December 23, 2017
We are so sorry to hear about Phoebe's passing. She was a remarkable woman and I always enjoyed talking with her. You all remain in our thoughts and prayers. Love Luann and Joe Conlon
Luann Conlon
December 22, 2017