Ann Leavitt, 76


Southborough – Ann (Dando) Leavitt, 76, died peacefully at her home Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 surrounded by her family. She suff ered from pancreatic cancer for years. Despite that, she was determined to take members of her family to England to see and enjoy London and the countryside. She fulfilled that dream this past July.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Donald Leavitt; her children, Timothy Leavitt, Molly Leavitt, Daphne Phalon and John Leavitt; her sister Eleanor Bushman; and her grandchildren, Christopher Leavitt, Katelyn and Stephanie Kalinowski, and Thomas and Harry Leavitt.

Born in Dedham, the daughter of Eleanor (Ekberg) and Thomas Dando, she moved to Southborough in the mid- 1930s and was a 1950 graduate of the former Peter's High School in Southborough. She was also a graduate of Radcliff e College, class of 1954. After college she married her husband, Don, in September 1954 and they had four children.

While raising her family, Mrs. Leavitt was a teacher at the former Rocky Knoll and Plymouth House Church nursery schools before being hired by Fay School in 1970 as a substitute teacher. After that assignment, she stayed on at Fay teaching at various levels (especially physical science to the "hoodlums," her aff ectionate term for the students in the 8th grade) and becoming head of the science department. She retired from Fay in 2003 after 33 years of dedication.

She was always eager to "be involved," spending time one summer on an Earthwatch expedition to Ireland to determine the quality and quantity of their upland peat bogs. Another summer, she went to China with other U.S. educators to understand their educational system. She also attended a NASA-sponsored symposium on the Hubble space telescope and other sessions on nuclear energy. She loved to travel with her husband, visiting parts of the U.S., Western Europe, Canada, Greece, New Zealand and Iceland.

Mrs. Leavitt was devoted to St. Mark's Church in quiet ways, such as endowing the choir room, named for her mother; supplying plants given to parishioners each month as their birthdays occurred; and working with the group that created needlepoint cushions for the new kneelers.

Her interest in nature and deep love for Southborough led her to join the town's Conservation Commission, making on-site visits and conferring with the many people needed to establish rules that met both town and state regulations while satisfying the property owner. Due to health reasons, she retired this spring from the commission.

She was instrumental in the town acquiring the Breakneck Hill orchard and pastureland. She rejoiced in the creation of the Breakneck Hill Cow Fund so the herd of Belted Galloway cows would remain on the property.

A memorial service was held Aug. 25 from St. Mark's Church and her ashes will be buried in the church garden. Expressions of sympathy may be sent in Mrs. Leavitt's memory to Breakneck Hill Cow Fund, Box 343, Southborough, MA 01772 (www.southborobelties. org). The Morris Funeral Home of Southborough directed arrangements.

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