Dr. Lorraine E. Tolman, 92

ACTON, MASS. — Dr. Lorraine Enid Tolman, 92, of Acton, Mass. died Monday, March 4, 2013 in the Life Care Center in Acton.

She was born in Cambridge on June 14, 1920, a daughter of the late Dean J. and Amy K. (Richardson) Tolman.

She served as a corporal with the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. She graduated from Boston University in 1957 with a doctorate in Library Science.

Dr. Tolman was a professor in Boston University’s School of Education and a librarian at the university. She was named to the Hall of Fame for the New England Educational Media Association, advocating for the association and for school libraries in New England. She authored grants for Boston University that allowed gifted teachers to leave the classroom and become certified librarians. She was also awarded the Ida M. Johnson Alumni Award in 1999.

Later in life, Dr. Tolman volunteered at the Council on Aging in Wellesley and as the church librarian at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. She was an intrepid swimmer, tennis player and walker and participated for many years in the “Walk for Hunger.” She enjoyed spending summers in Maine.

She leaves several cousins and friends, especially her friends and staff at Life Care of Acton, where she lived for several years.

A graveside service is being held on Thursday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the Harrison Village Cemetery, Front Street, Harrison.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Parish UCC of Harrison and North Bridgton, P.O. Box 95, 77 Main Street, Harrison, ME 04040.

To offer online condolences, please visit www.joycefuneralhome.com

 

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