Winter 2017 In Memoriam
Editor’s note: Our tributes to Pen Women who have passed away are published quarterly, replacing obituaries in The Pen Woman magazine, where only a brief notice is printed.
We honor the lives of these, our departed Pen Women:
Lois A. Charles, Diamond State, DE Branch
It is with sad regret that the Diamond State Branch must report the death of Lois A. Charles, who died on July 27, 2016 shortly before she was to attend her first meeting as an inducted Pen Woman.
Lois was an active member of the Delaware Valley Art League and the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists. Lois was an accomplished visual artist who received distinctions as a quilt maker and a visual artist.
Lois was married to her caring husband, David W.Charles for 45 years. She was the mother of three grown children, David “Chris,” Andrew W., and Sarah A., and a loving grandmother to her two grandchildren, Elise and Christian.
She is survived by her siblings: William C. Allen, Janet M. Foster, Marie H. Riley and James P. Allen.
Lois wrote the novel ‘Discard 2″ from an outline her father, Bill Allen, wrote about three generations of a Philadelphia family. She wrote the book for her dad who never got to it before he died. It is for sale on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.
Lois’ untimely death is grieved by our members of Diamond State who looked forward to her induction into our branch activities.
Submitted by Maria Keane, Diamond State Branch, Delaware
Carolyn Burton Landers, Atlanta Branch
Carolyn Landers, Art Member passed away on October 16, 2016 at the age of 86.
Carolyn was a wonderful artist, a thoughtful friend, and a mentor to many younger artists. She usually brought guests to our monthly meetings and sponsored them when they decided to join the Atlanta Branch. Her positive attitude was contagious, and her love of art and creating never diminished.
We miss her company and her companionship. She was a fashionable, independent, cheerful woman. Her lovely smile and her generous spirit truly graced our Branch.
Submitted by Fran Stewart, Atlanta Branch Treasurer
Anne Lorraine Macdonald, Greenwich, CT Branch
Anne Lorraine Macdonald, age 96, of Greenwich, CT was a member of the Greenwich Branch of the National League of American Pen Women for over a decade. We will miss her valuable contributions to members’ works-in-progress at our monthly Letters critiques where she was bright and articulate.
Born in 1920 in Bethesda, MD, Anne died on November 5, 2016 in Greenwich.
Daughter of former Congressman and Mrs. Walter F. Lineberger of Santa Barbara, she graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1941, where she was President of College Government, a Wellesley College Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Prize in Political Science. She pursued graduate work in history at the American University in Washington, D.C. and chaired the department of history at the National Cathedral School where she taught.
After retiring from teaching in 1983, Anne marketed an invention for which she had obtained a patent. She then began a successful writing career. Her first book, “No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting,” was published in 1989. Her second book, “Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America,” followed in 1992. She lectured widely on women inventors on national radio and television as well as the Library of Congress and the United States Patent Office.
Submitted by Deborah Weir, President – Greenwich Branch